Do you know Jackson Kates, Egor Jamula, Carson Twarinsky, Wade Allison and Alex Lyon?
They all arrived from the Philadelphia Flyers lineup Thursday night. Another game lost at the hands of the Flyers, the defeat now eliminates them from the playoff race …
Philadelphia lost the playoffs for the fifth time in nine years. They have won only one round since 2013: against the Canadians last year.
Coach Alain Vignelt no longer had much hope and he tried a lot of experience in this game against the Devils. They were probably never finished.
During the game, Vignelt sent a strong message, placing Kevin Hayes, one of the team’s highest earners, at 7.1 million a year. Hayes has been struggling recently. Hayes has not scored in his last 15 games and has only one assist in that series.
It should not be so. Flyers were fourth at the Eastern Conference last year, one point behind the capitals, ahead of the Penguins, Hurricanes, Islands and Maple Leafs.
They have a nice mix of young and old. They had to compete for the Stanley Cup.
“Matt Niskanen (premature) retirement has hurt us,” Alain Vignelt said recently.
Niscanen is a big hunk, for sure. He played 21:54, second only to Ivan Provorov in this chapter. But after this, Travis Sanheim, Philip Myers and Justin Braun were still there. Shane Gostisbire and Robert Hogg were able to finish in the top six.
But, along with Provorov, the young defenders of the Flyers retreated. Even the poor performance of 22-year-old goalkeeper Carter Hart did not help.
The Flyers finished last in the NHL with averaging 3.56 goals per game. Even poor Buffalo Sabers would not do worse in this regard. Surprisingly, they were ranked 30thE More than rank.
A certain optimistic reign in Philadelphia. Despite a mixed record in Minnesota, Chuck Fletcher’s appointment was announced in December 2018 with great fans, which does not appear to be in danger.
We are glad that flyers can benefit from an interesting selection in the draft. We are already targeting interesting free agents in defense: David Saward, Adam Larson, Dougie Hamilton.
Philadelphia also has a legacy. Young Joel Farabi, 21, 14E Overall pick in 2018, had a fantastic season before hitting the wall recently. He scored 27 points in his first 30 games, then 4 points in his last 19 games. Such drops in the diet are common for his age. There is a possibility.
First round pick in 2019, at 14E Rank (shortly before Cole Coffeefield), Cam York, recently joined the company after a successful season in Michigan. The 20-year-old offensive defenseman scored three points in four games in his debut in the American League.
First choice of 2017, 27E Overall, Morgan Frost, 21, has spent the winter on the injured list, but there is a possibility. The second overall pick of the year, Nolan Patrick, 22, suffered a recurring injury, unfortunately came another catastrophic season: 9 points, 4 goals in 46 games, -23 record, the club’s worst. It hurts since it was drafted before Patrick Miro Heiskenen, Kale Maker and Elias Peterson …
But in more encouraging news, the team’s first choice in 2020 (23)E Overall), Tyson Foyster, 6-foot-2, 200-pound colossus, does not seem to threaten the positive ranks in any way.
At just 19 years old, he scored 9 goals and 14 points in 19 American League games in the Lehi Valley, where he was sent to play in the Ontario Junior League as the season ended.
It is unclear which direction Chuck Fletcher will take. Will he choose the stage of a massive revival or fill the club with veterans?
One thing is for sure, he still has strengths in his game.