Despite the Philadelphia Flyers having a pretty disappointing season, there was one player that had a break out year.
In the season that ended without a playoff berth, Jakub Voracek looked like the only player that could’ve provided that type of spark for the team. With help from linemate Claude Giroux, who set him up at the net numerous times, Voracek shined by leading the team with 22 goals.
Voracek had an NHL career best in goals during a season that was cut short due to the lockout. He was so successful for the Flyers last season that they gave him the MVP and the Most Improved Player award.
He had a fantastic season, and fans who had already had taken a liking to the Czech native, started to like him even more. Voracek showed spurts of his talents in the previous season, but just how much he helped the team last season was a pleasant surprise to everyone.
So it’s great that he did so well, but can Voracek keep the momentum going come October?
Definitely. If he continues to play alongside Giroux and is able to learn from a veteran like Vincent Lecevalier, the three of them could become the next great top line for the Flyers franchise.
Voracek really struggled when he played with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but each season he looked like he was increasingly improving. When he came to the Flyers he continued to improve, so there is no reason to assume he will slump next season. Especially since he’s a mature player that has steadily shown his worth.
Not only was Voracek a standout in goalscoring last season, but he was also a great team player. He broke out as a superstar with 22 goals, but he also had 24 assists, meaning he knows when to pass to his teammates to set them up for goals.
If Voracek goes into training camp and preseason with this same mindset, he is sure to be successful again next season.