The Philadelphia Flyers are not going to be Stanley Cup Champions in 2016. Hate to break the hearts of so many Orange and Black faithful, but its true, realistically the Flyers simply don’t have the pieces to do it. The boom or bust offense and the shallow defense simply won’t get the job done to bring the Stanley Cup down Broad Street.
Yes I know, during the 2011-2012 season the Kings were the worst team in the playoffs and dominated all the way through the Stanley Cup Playoffs to win the Stanley Cup. However that team is completely different to the Flyers team this year especially in regards to goaltending and defense.
So here’s the big question: what’s the point of having the season end April 29th instead of April 9th and getting a better draft pick? In the end, it’s going to be a disappointing season unless Claude Giroux takes the Stanley Cup from Gary Bettman in June 2016. Is 20 more days of Flyers hockey in 2016 really worth the countless years that could be given up of the Flyers being Stanley Cup Contenders because of the high draft pick they could get in next years draft.
Look at the top prospects in next years draft, forwards like Mathew Tkachuk and Jesse Puljujarvi could do wonders in the future for the Flyers. With that the Flyers could have a solid offensive core consisting of Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, Mathew Tkachuk/Jesse Puljujarvi, Travis Konecny, and Wayne Simmonds. With that the Flyers could trade high valued young pieces like Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, and Matt Read for top players on the trade market like a David Backes or Eric Staal to put them over the edge (Imagine a top six of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Travis Konecny, Wayne Simmonds, Eric Staal, and Mathew Tkachuk with the elite defense the Flyers have coming).
While making the playoffs and losing in the first round and drafting a guy like Julien Gauthier isn’t really going to put the Flyers in great position to bring home a Stanley Cup in years to come. The Flyers defense is in place to be one of the most feared units in the league in a couple of years, the offense is not right now. The addition of a guy like Mathew Tkachuk, Jesse Puljujarvi or even Max Jones could however put the future offense in great position to be one of the league’s best. The only way to get one of those players however is to be one of the worst 5 teams this season. High draft picks are needed to make teams Stanley Cup Contenders.
Look at the Blackhawks and Kings the past 2 Stanley Cup Winners, the Blackhawks key players were Patrick Kane(1st overall) and Jonathan Toews (3rd overall), while the Kings main player was Drew Doughty (2nd overall). Being like the Carolina Hurricanes or New Jersey Devils and finishing around 7 points out of the playoffs and getting the 10th or 11th pick isn’t the way to build a STANLEY CUP CONTENDING team for the future or present. I’m not going to bore you with my ideas on how the Flyers should construct the roster this year to tank, but you have to admit next year at this time wouldn’t you rather be excited to see Mathew Tkachuk play in a orange sweater at the expense of not seeing the Flyers play 2o more days in the spring of 2016.
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