This season Wayne Simmonds and Steve Mason were the two players who really broke out for the Philadelphia Flyers. Simmonds finished the season accumulating 29 goals, 31 assists, and 60 points. Fiftteen of his goals were off the power play. Mason finished the season with 33 wins, 18 losses with a .917 save percentage, and 2.51 goals against average.
Ron Hextall has not made any major changes with the roster except when he traded fan favorite Scott Hartnell for R.J Umberger this offseason. So who is the next to breakout? My three players who I think could have a breakout 2014-2015 season for the Flyers are Jason Akeson, Brayden Schenn, or Michael Raffl.
Akeson didn’t spend time with the Flyers until the end of the season and during the playoffs. He recorded 1 assist in the last game of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes and recorded 2 goals and 1 assist in the playoff series against the N.Y. Rangers.
Akeson led the Flyers affiliate, the Phantoms, in points twice in a row during their 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 season. Akeson is not a sure bet to make the Flyers roster in October but he is a playmaker with great decision-making. I believe he could reach 40 points with 25 assists and 15 goals if he spent the full season on the Flyers roster. Simon Gagne and Matt Read reached over 40 points during their rookie seasons with the Flyers.
Schenn finished the season with 20 goals and 21 assists amassing to 41 points for the season. Always speculated in Flyers trade rumors, Schenn signed a two-year bridge deal with the Flyers this offseason.
This is the time Schenn needs to prove his worth for him to stay a Flyer. Schenn is a versatile player; he can play wing or center. Schenn spent the majority of the season on the Flyers second line and I believe he will stay there. I think Schenn will improve his numbers by having a 55 or 60 point season.
Raffl was an up and coming player who joined the Flyers about a quarter of the way in the season. He finished the season with 9 goals, 13 assists, and 22 points. Raffl, has great speed and can produce defensively and offensively. Raffl could produce a 40-point season.