Apr 22, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93) skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Voracek, More Like Scoracek

Jakub Voracek, also dubbed Scoracek, has finished his 3rd season with the Philadelphia Flyers. Since his arrival to Philly, via a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Voracek has scored 63 goals and has accumulated 157 points. For his efforts, former GM, Paul Holmgren liked what he saw in Voracek and rewarded him with a multiyear deal.

Voracek has spent most of his time playing on a line with All Star center and team captain, Claude Giroux. Voracek possesses great speed and acceleration. I would not be surprised if he was the fastest skater on the Flyers. Voracek also exercises great decision-making, when handling the puck, and he can be relied on to score clutch goals. Voracek’s flaws can be seen in his defensive game as he does not use his big frame enough along the wall and he does not check as much as other players. With only being 24 years old and signed with the Flyers till the end of the 2016 season, Voracek appears to have the makings of an elite wing in the NHL.

New GM Ron Hextall has stated that he likes the young group of guys he has on the team, and he looks to build the team up with the young core of players and through the draft but will make a trade if it comes down to it. Voracek and Giroux are a great complement to each other but need another wing to take their game to the next level. If Hextall decides to find a top 6 wing in free agency, Berube moves a young prospect, or has a player like Wayne Simmonds jump on the top line the resulting combination would give the Flyers a solid and competitive top line.

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