Flyers Midseason Report

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Defense

Bright spots: Kimmo Timonen, Andres Meszaros, Marc Andre-Bourdon, Brayden Coburn

With the absence of Chris Pronger for the rest of this season and beyond someone on the defense had to step up and become the leader of this unit. Timonen immediately did just that with sacrificing his own body to block every shot that comes his way. In every game Timonen appears to be hurt, only to come out the next shift and make a difference. Running the power play has never been his strength, so I’ll give him a pass on that only because of how well defensively he has played this season.

Pronger possesses a style that is hard for anyone to replicate. He has a bruiser style mentality on defense and has one of the best point shots in the game. While Timonen has that physical mentality, Meszaros has the offensive game that makes you forget just how good Pronger is. To boot Meszaros is one of the best two way defenseman in the league right now, I can’t even list how many times he has been able to skate back and make a play on the opponent’s odd man rush.

Marc-Andre Bourdon has been a great call up this season and while at times he can turn the puck over, he has laid enough jarring hits to make you forget about those boneheaded plays.

Not so bright spots: Andres Lilia, inconsistent play

The only specific player on defense that has been disappointing this year has been Lilia. He was sidelined with an injury for 13 games, but when he was in there he just didn’t make much of a difference.

Inconsistent play is listed because almost everyone is at fault for this. Obviously there are going to be times when the defense makes mistakes, that is just part of the game. There are just too many times that the defense totally wipes out any kind of momentum that the team has built up. Whether it be a turnover or being in the wrong position, there has been enough bad play to be concerned.

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Topics: Claude Giroux, Danny Briere, Flyers Midseason Report, Ilya Bryzgalov, James Van Reimsdyk, Jaromir Jagr, Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Hartnell, Sean Couturier, Sergei Bobrovsky

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  • VincentLee

    No one in their right mind would ever say Brayden Schenn of all people appears to be overtaking Daniel Briere as the team’s secondary offensive center. Briere’s hat trick against the Senators is as many points as Brayden Schenn has his entire NHL career. Schenn has received roughly 11 minutes or less his last three games. Briere has received around 16 minutes. Further expanding their performances over the entire season, career, or any measure of time only further reinforces my point.

    I think it is more than safe to say there is no rational or logical person who foresees Brayden Schenn taking over as the team’s “second best offensive center” any time this season. Then again, you did project JVR to be the team’s MVP this season.

  • VincentLee

    No one in their right mind would ever say Brayden Schenn of all people appears to be overtaking Daniel Briere as the team’s secondary offensive center. Briere’s hat trick against the Senators is as many points as Brayden Schenn has his entire NHL career. Schenn has received roughly 11 minutes or less his last three games. Briere has received around 16 minutes. Further expanding their performances over the entire season, career, or any measure of time only further reinforces my point.

    I think it is more than safe to say there is no rational or logical person who foresees Brayden Schenn taking over as the team’s “second best offensive center” any time this season. Then again, you did project JVR to be the team’s MVP this season.

  • scottdargis

    Before I go on I will admit that I should have phrased that sentence better as a matter of time makes it sound imminent. I think this is something that will happen down the road, so it was just poor writing on my part.

    Schenn was brought in to replace the play making ability of Mike Richards. The head injury set Schenn back this season, but remember that he is only 20 and has plenty of time to develop with this team. Couturier is having a hot streak right now and I could see how its possible to think that he would become the second best offensive center, but give it time and let’s see how the rest of this season plays out.

    And on the JVR point, how could you not think that he was going to have a major impact on this team with the way he played in the playoffs. Coming into this season I thought that he would be having the year that Hartnell is having, but hey that’s why I’m writing articles and they’re playing the game.

  • scottdargis

    Before I go on I will admit that I should have phrased that sentence better as a matter of time makes it sound imminent. I think this is something that will happen down the road, so it was just poor writing on my part.

    Schenn was brought in to replace the play making ability of Mike Richards. The head injury set Schenn back this season, but remember that he is only 20 and has plenty of time to develop with this team. Couturier is having a hot streak right now and I could see how its possible to think that he would become the second best offensive center, but give it time and let’s see how the rest of this season plays out.

    And on the JVR point, how could you not think that he was going to have a major impact on this team with the way he played in the playoffs. Coming into this season I thought that he would be having the year that Hartnell is having, but hey that’s why I’m writing articles and they’re playing the game.

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