Grading the Philadelphia Flyers 2011-2012 Season: Forwards

By Johnny Machurek

It has now been over a week since the Philadelphia Flyers were dispatched in five-games by the New Jersey Devils.  We will now take a look at different aspects of the team and give them a grade from an A+ to a F.

Today we will look at the the forwards:

Forwards: In the offseason Philadelphia shipped off two of it’s biggest names in Jeff Carter and captain Mike Richards.  The Flyers in return got Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, and a draft pick who became Sean Couturier.  Also, Philly signed two former Pittsburgh Penguins player in Jaromir Jagr, who was returning from playing in Russia, and Max Talbot.

Simmonds had a career year notching 28-goals and 21-assists which gave him 49-points which was tied for fourth on the team along with Danny Briere and Voracek.  Combined with his scoring prowess and his fearlessness playing in front front the net, the Wayne Train made himself a fan favorite in Philly.

Another surprise on the year was Scott Hartnell.  Hartnell started the year on the fourth line, but due to an injury to James van Riemsdyk he was shuffled to the top-line.  Hartsy took advantage of this and made his first all-star team and led the team goals with 37.

You cannot forget about the rookies this year.  Schenn, Couturier, and Matt Read were a huge part of the Flyers success.  Also, the Flyers got contributions from Eric Wellwood, Marc-Andre BourdonErik Gustafsson, and Harry Zolnierczyk in a limited capacity.  Zac Rinaldo basically only contributed in the penalty department.

Of course you cannot forget the superstar emergence of one Claude Giroux.  With Richards and Carter gone, Giroux seized the chance presented to him.  G quickly became a household name and was named to his second consecutive all-star game.  Giroux finished third in league in points with 93 and was snubbed of a Hart nomination.

The Flyers were second in the league in goals per-game with 3.17 and were tied for fourth in shots per-game with 32.2.  Philadelphia was never out of a game this year with the fire power they possessed, they led the league in come from behind wins with 20.

Offense was easily the biggest strength of this team, as they had so many weapons at their disposal.

Grade: A+

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