Philadelphia Flyers: 3 Bold Predictions for the 2017-18 Season

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The Philadelphia Flyers are a team on the rise, led by a younger forward group and a reverse aging defense. Can the team make the playoffs and hit these bold predictions?

The Philadelphia Flyers are full of youth for the first time in a few years. Led by players like Travis Konecny, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Robert Hagg, the youth movement is gaining traction. The Flyers are still full of questions though, and they need a few more players to prove themselves.

But ultimately, this team is currently a bubble team. The playoffs remain their ultimate goal, and if the youth movement gets them there, then the Philadelphia Flyers will do whatever works.

1. Stolarz Replaces Elliott

The Flyers have one more crucial member of the youth movement to incorporate into the team. Yes, there are lingering players in the AHL like Samuel Morin and Oskar Lindblom who should be worked into the roster, but they’re not as crucial. That member is Anthony Stolarz, who is widely believed to be the future in net for the Philadelphia Flyers. And why not start the future now?

Stolarz was the goaltender the Flyers protected in the expansion draft. He impressed the team in his seven NHL games and four starts and posted a .928 save percentage and 2.07 GAA. Those are great numbers. And Stolarz deserves to continue his shot in net when he comes back healthy to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Brian Elliott is left as the odd man out. Michal Neuvirth has stepped up his game in big ways. He’s slowed down recently, but he’s still posting a .928 save percentage and 2.17 goals against average. Neuvirth has firmly saved his job and is costing the team less than Elliott. Elliott is posting a 3.11 GAA and .892 SV%, numbers that Stolarz can beat.

What happens to Elliott afterward is up to the Flyers. Whether they attempt to waive him and send him to the minors to tutor Alex Lyon and eventually Carter Hart or whether they trade him at the deadline.

I simply think that Stolarz started the season on the opening injured reserve because the Flyers want him in the NHL. He’s able to be sent down without waivers and there’s no such thing as roster limits in the AHL. Stolarz has a job to do in the NHL.

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