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2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Outlook: Philadelphia Flyers

The fantasy season is upon us. Another year of tears of joy and sorrow.

To help you out, here’s your fantasy take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Outlook: Philadelphia Flyers

Last season: 25-46-11, 8th Metro, 29th overall. GF: 31st, GA: 27th, PP: 32nd, PK: 26th.

The last time John Tortorella came in and set the locker room on fire, he called the Canucks “stale” and only lasted one season in Vancouver. The Flyers are coming off an abysmal season in many ways, and there was no more symbolic move than trading longtime captain Claude Giroux to leave him chasing after a cut. It was their second-worst season in the cap era; only two players scored over 20 goals, Keith Yandle was the league’s worst under 47 and Carter Hart still hasn’t regained his form from the Calder season. If we talk more about the Flyers 2021-22 season, your screen might melt in protest so let’s get to the big question in 2022-23:

Just as Vancouver had the wrong roster for Tortorella to coach, does Philadelphia have the players who can play their way?

Tortorella is a good coach who can get a lot out of a little, but he will be looking at a roster lacking in elite goalscoring talent and including the best player – Sean Couturier – who is expected to miss all of training camp and the first few weeks of the season, and maybe even the months to come. You’re a little scared for Hart because Tortorella isn’t exactly known for being able to deal with goaltenders, and spending a lot of time blocking shots also means less time in the attacking zone to score goals.

Best Fantasy Option: Travis Konecny, RW

This would by far be the case with Sean Couturier if he didn’t suffer from back pain, and you could say he’s also the hidden gem considering he’s only listed in 27% of Yahoo leagues with a ADP of 161.6. At his best, Couturier is a 70 to 80 point player who can win a lot of faceoffs, and he’s going to be on the ice almost all the time because he plays in all situations and he’s probably going to be one of the rare Tortorella really trusts.

That leaves Konecny, arguably their best winger because top scorers James van Riemsdyk and Cam Atkinson are both 33, and Joel Farabee is recovering from neck surgery. According to THN’s Pool Guide, Konecny ​​is expected to finish with 54 points, only one less than Couturier while BetMGM’s over/under is set at 65, higher than Atkinson (57), Farabee (50) and JVR (50). ). Where there might be an added advantage for Konecny, especially in the banger leagues, is PIMs and hits. Konecny’s 77 PIM was a career high, and Tortorella will push for an aggressive physical system that plays to Konecny’s strengths as a high-energy, chaos-inducing winger. A season in which Konecny ​​is scoring nearly 60 runs while putting up nearly 250 shots and racking up over 50 PIM and 100 hits makes him a very attractive pick in later rounds.

Hidden gem: …

I think Ivan Provorov is a low pick, Tony DeAngelo definitely won’t have as good a season as he did in Carolina, I got burned too many times thinking Morgan Frost would be good and Farabee is hurt. When Ryan Ellis is healthy, he can be a fantastically valuable asset with his points and blocked shots without giving up a lot of other things, but there’s no timetable for his return. Beyond that, we’re starting to really get to longtime names like prospect Tyson Foerster or Noah Cates, who looked good in limited action last season. Both players will likely see limited minutes, if any, over the course of the season.

Guardians:

Hart is going to have a huge workload because projected replacements Felix Sandstrom and Troy Grosenick have a combined seven (!) NHL games under their belts. Hart seemed to improve last season with a few games where he made 40 saves, which made it easier for Fantasy managers to absorb the many losses. In a season where there seems to be a lack of quality starters, getting dibs on Hart in the later rounds could yield tremendous value in goaltending categories that rely on quantity, like saves.

Outlook:

Everyone seems to think the Flyers are tied to the lottery except them. Torts was a sensational rookie and he expects to transform this team quickly. Chuck Fletcher spent money when he should consider opening up cap space for trades and accumulating picks and leads. Couturier says he thinks the Flyers will surprise everyone, but I think it depended on him playing a good chunk of the season. It’s a good attitude to have, but the roster on paper just doesn’t look very good, not to mention the injuries they’ll be picking up already in the season with Couturier and potentially Farabee and Ellis. What is the potential strength of this team? Sneaking into the playoffs?

The Flyers don’t offer any elite fantasy options, although Couturier comes closest because he’s by far their best player. They have a few players who can score 50 points, so they’re not completely out of options, but they’re all late picks that tend to get drafted just because fantasy managers get tired of scrolling.