The Philadelphia Flyers are currently on the Olympic break, but they left their season on a high note. The team won all three of its games last week and will return on Feb. 27 to defend a four-game winning streak. Things are looking up for this team, and the break will be a blessing in disguise for a lot of the players who aren’t heading to Sochi to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
It gets harder and harder to pick one player that was truly shining this week. I always want to pick the goaltender since I feel like they don’t ever get the recognition they deserve, but this week the title does not go to Steve Mason or his backup Ray Emery. This week, I’m giving it to Michael Raffl.
Raffl wasn’t scoring goals left and right last week, but I think his two goals this past week were a sign of what’s to come for this player. It’s also proof of his consistency on the ice. When Raffl was signed by the team no one really knew who he was or if he was any good, but like head coach Craig Berube he has been a pleasant and welcomed surprise.
Raffl’s not going to be a 30-goal-scorer, at least not yet, but lately he’s had a knack for knowing when to get to the net and when to assist his teammates. He’s been good playing alongside the top liners Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, but he’s also been sufficient on the line with Steve Downie and Sean Couturier. Raffl and Couturier next to each other could be a good pairing as the young players could certainly learn a lot from each other.
Raffl’s main prowess is that he has been a consistent cog in the Flyers’ machine, and it’s definitely something that Team Austria needs to unlock during the Olympics. But not too much, because the Flyers definitely need this key player to remain healthy if they want to go to the playoffs.
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