Electricity filled the the walls of the Wells Fargo Center again yesterday afternoon after the Philadelphia Flyers took down the might St. Louis Blues. For one particular Flyer though, the excitement followed him all the way back into the locker room and finished on the tip of a pen in a Flyers’ executive office. Forward Michael Raffl signed a two-year deal worth $2.2 million right after yesterday’s whooping of the Blues. While it’s a definite win for Raffl, it might an even bigger win for the orange and black.
Raffl has done his share of demonstrating his talent this season, and he’s done it no matter where he’s placed. Early on in the season, Raffl spent much of his time on the fourth line where he was making statements early and often. If he wasn’t scoring, he was clearly making his presence known by crashing the net and setting up plays. His persistence was so good that he eventually moved up to first line and pops up around there from time to time.
Raffl has definitely been one of the hardest working forwards on the team, and considering who he has in front of him, it’s clear that he’s become invaluable. In 57 games this season, Raffl has netted nine goals and tallied 12 assists; he’s been fairly accurate with those nine goals. Raffl is sixth on the Flyers in shot percentage with 11.3.
Considering the numbers of the deal, Philly definitely nabbed a deal here. He’s showing a lot of the same spark Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds did when they first came to Philadelphia. Speaking of Schenn, Raffl has scored more points than both him and Scott Hartnell did in their first season with 50 or more games played. If those two players are any indication of how good Raffl will be, it sure is going to be fun watching the 25 year old over the next two seasons, at least.