Mid-season Review: 2017-18 Flyers season

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As we reach the mid-season mark lets look at how some of the Flyers players have done so far and what they project out for the season if they keep up the same level of play. This season started off with a ton of excitement over the Flyers jumping up to the no. two spot in the draft and the fans finally get to see some of the Flyers future play at the NHL level. The Flyers record is currently 39 GP, 16 W, 15 L, and 8 OTL for 40 points. Depending on how you look at the standings they are either 4 points out of a playoff spot or 11 points out of last in the conference. Considering the 10 game losing streak most would have laughed if you told them that they would only be a few points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins at this point.

Now that we have gone over where the team as a whole stands, let’s take a look at seven players and how good or bad they have done so far in the season.

Sean Couturier #14 C 6′ 3″ 211 lb Age: 25, 39 GP 18 G 18 A 36 pts. +11
Couturier has set a career high for goals in a season and needs only 3 points to tie his career high for points. The move to being a top line center in the NHL has really improved his game. No more being limited to third line minutes and being matched up against the other team’s top scorer all game. Couturier has found a home in front of the opposing teams net picking up the dirty goals, and at this rate, he is on pace for 37 goals and 74 points for the season.

Jakub Voracek #93 RW 6′ 2″ 214 lb Age: 28, 39 GP 8 G 38 A 46 pts. +2
Voracek spent most of the year on the top line but after the secondary scoring seemed to disappear he was sent to the second line to spark others to score. Voracek currently is tied for the league lead in assists and is in a tie for the #6 spot in overall scoring in the league. His 8 goals may seem low but on average Voracek gets between 14 and 20 goals a year. At his current scoring pace, he could get 96 points beating his career high of 81 from 2014-15.

Claude Giroux #28 C 5′ 11″ 185 lb Age: 29, 39 GP 13 G 33 A 46 pts. +9
Giroux spent last year recovering from an injury that caused his production to fall. Starting this year Giroux moved to the wing which allowed Couturier to move to the #1 center on the team. Giroux’s production has bounced back to the level before he suffered the injuries. Giroux currently is in a tie with Voracek for the #6 spot in overall scoring in the league and is currently on pace to get 26 goals which would only be 2 behind his career high set in 2011-12 and 2013-14. The projected 66 assists and 97 points would both be new career marks for Giroux.

Shayne Gostisbehere #53 D 5′ 11″ 180 lb Age: 24, 36 GP 8 G 21 A 29 pts. -1
After a great rookie year which got him second place for the Calder trophy, Gostisbehere had a declining year plagued by the effects of a previous injury. This year he has already surpassed last years goal total and is only 10 shy of the points total for last year. Ghost is on pace to get 16 goals 1 shy of his career high and 58 points which would be a new career high 12 more than the 46 he picked up his rookie year.

Wayne Simmonds #17 RW 6′ 2″ 185 lbs Age: 29, 39 GP 12 G 11 A 23 pts, -9
Simmonds is having a down year with a drop in production that has had him demoted to a third line player for the Flyers. The only bright spot is his power play production. His 12 goals, the 11 assists, and 23 points all have him on pace for his lowest totals since 2013-14. Take away the fact that half of his goals and 4 assists have come from being on the first power-play unit, this has been a sub-standard season for Simmonds.

Ivan Provorov #9 D 6′ 1″ 201 lb Age: 20, 39 GP 5 G 10 A 15 pts. Even
Provorov had a great rookie season for the Flyers proving that he is a true no.1 defenceman in the NHL and the cornerstone for the Flyers D for the future. This year he has 5 goals, one shy of last years total with a projected total of 10 for the season. His projected 20 assist comes in just behind last year but he is still projected to equal his total points output of 30. Provorov is a minute eating machine and can play in all situations.

Brian Elliott #37 G 6′ 2″ 209 lb Age: 32, 32 GP 14 W 10 L 7 OTL 2.69 GAA. .911 SV% 0 SO
Elliott comes into this season as a bridge between Steve Mason and the Future of Flyers goal-tending Carter Hart. Elliott has handled most of the workload for the Flyers in net this season. His 2.69 GAA have his at 25th in the league while his .911 SV% is ranked 31st. Elliott has kept the Flyers in most games this season but a few games he has looked shaky in net allowing soft goals and he still has not found comfort handling the puck behind the net.

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