Although, the Philadelphia Flyers suffered a loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon, they did push the game to a shootout and earned themselves an overtime point towards their record. So, although it was loss, at least the team got a point, and rookie Michael Raffl is showing even more progress as he grows with the team.
It should have been obvious that I would give Raffl the title of Player of the Week. He’s been shining all week, and Sunday was no exception. The Flyers’ week in games was not that great, no denying that, but there have been some individual achievements. Raffl has been really keen to help out his teammates where it counts and it has been showing.
His week started strong with him scoring the first Flyers goal and an assist in their game against the Ottawa Senators. He wasn’t too active, at least on the scoreboard, when they were routed by the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, but on Thursday he scored the first goal and proved to be a good linemate to captain Claude Giroux in their win against the Montreal Canadiens.
Putting Raffl on Giroux’s line has been pretty successful, so it’s no surprise that head coach Craig Berube kept with the line. In Sunday’s game, Raffl was there to assist Giroux in the team’s first goal. He also assisted Mark Streit, and then Jakub Voracek in the third period with Giroux. The team didn’t win, but Raffl’s ability to play well with Giroux and Voracek is pretty clear. He was definitely one of the three stars of Sunday’s game.
Raffl is definitely learning a lot from the veterans on the team, and this week’s performance is a sign of the things yet to come in his career.