With the offseason addition of James van Riemsdyk and a plethora of prospects waiting in the minors, the Philadelphia Flyers have options at forward.
To be blunt, the Philadelphia Flyers lacked depth at every position this past season. The goaltending situation was a nightmare, but the forward position wasn’t too great either.
A lack of consistent scoring, especially from the bottom-six, doomed the Flyers for most of the regular season and throughout the playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The addition of James van Riemsdyk should most definitely help this need. On paper, the Flyers now have a very dynamic looking Top-6 and a plethora of players to fill out the rest of the roster.
This will give general manager Ron Hextall and head coach Dave Hakstol plenty of roster decisions to make throughout the preseason and leading up to the regular season. It’d be pretty difficult for the team to start the season without at least solid Top-9 combination.
The Flyers also don’t have to worry about overloading talent on the top-line. There was always some skepticism throughout the fanbase that if players like Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek were both on the first line, that there wouldn’t be enough talent to carry the rest of the team. With van Riemsdyk in tow and plenty of young prospects knocking on the door, this should no longer be a concern.
With this in mind, the top line could be even more dangerous this upcoming season. Let’s take a look at a couple of the many combinations Hakstol could throw together.