5 Philadelphia Flyers Who Must Score This Shortened Season
Philadelphia Flyers celebrating after a goal against the New York Rangers
The Philadelphia Flyers have some main men who they are expecting to get goals from this season. One of them, Scott Hartnell, will be out of action until sometime in March.
Among the other remaining Flyers, some are playing well. But, their production is hardly enough to win consistently in the National Hockey League.
Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn and should be able to offer some goal scoring from the point, but that production is more like a bonus. Andrej Meszaros, who should remain on the scratched list until late February. That's a shame because that defenseman has needed offensive talent as well. Possibly, Kurtis Foster will deliver on the big shot he apparently possesses.
Let's get to the main men, shall we?
Mike Knuble isn't who he once was. But, it's still possible that this 40-year-old might be able to tap 10 pucks, or so, into the net this season.
Sean Couturier was a terrific addition to last season's team. Beyond being a defensive prodigy, he also showed that he knows his way around the offensive zone. Regular contributions from him are needed again in that regard.
Max Talbot adjusted to being with the Flyers to such an extent that he also set a career-high in goals scored (19) in 2011-12. This gritty player needs to continue that offensive rhythm.
Jakub Voracek needs to learn that to pass is not divine, but that to finish is what's needed at this time.
Brayden Schenn has yet to prove that he can appear on the score yet on a regular basis. Flashes of brilliance are appreciated, but must develop into steady streams of focused effort.
Then, there are some other key players who also need to skate above the ice at rinks across North America soon.
Scott Hartnell had the best season of his career last year. Joining Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr on last season's top line elevated his game and may have earned him a long-term extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.
"Hartsy's" offensive contributions will be deeply missed during his injury absence. When he returns, he needs to put the puck in the net.
Matt Read surprised everyone by making the team out of camp last season and then he kept on going. The 24 goals that he scored represented a fantastic accomplishment. Fifteen more tallies are needed this season.
Wayne Simmonds is currently leading the Philadelphia Flyers in scoring, so there aren't any complaints being offered in his regard. "Simmer" plays a solid power forward game, so he seems likely to continue his offensive pace.
Danny Briere needs to channel the ghosts of playoffs past during this regular season, while also protecting his improving left wrist.
Claude Giroux needs to put his Most Valuable Player snarl on and act like every opponent is wearing a Sidney Crosby mask. If he can do that, the Philadelphia Flyers' fortunes should improve.