The season came to an end for the Flyers yesterday in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the end of Bryan Bickells hockey career and he ended it a great way for him, we all wish him good luck in his battle against multiple sclerosis. There are many takeaways from this season. Lets look at a few positives.
1. The rookies impressed all of Philadelphia
The rookies that made this season very positive were Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, and Jordan Weal. Ivan Provorov was easily the Flyers best defense man this season. He was show casing the talent he can bring to the flyers future. Travis Konecny is already a huge fan favorite of Philadelphia the fans love him so much he puts all of the effort he can into this team and has the talent and great skill. Jordan Weal had a explosive end of the season for the flyers. Weal and Simmonds connected very well and had unmistakable chemistry. We all hope to see Weal stay with the Flyers and be a permanent forward for the future.
2. The Wayne Train
Wayne Simmonds was the standout star for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was the All Star MVP. Simmonds showed that he is one of the main leaders of this team. When the rest of the team didn’t show up for a game Simmonds was there and always stepped up and put all of the effort he had into the game. Simmonds is possibly the face of the Philadelphia Flyers organization now.
The Flyers have some questions going in to free agency, with signing of Michal Neuvirth to a two year contract and Steve Mason heading into the off season as a free agent. This will give an opportunity for Anthony Stolarz to step up and put his name for the starting goalie next season. I believe in Stolarz, he is a young good goaltender and should have a successful future ahead of him.