March 10, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Sabres, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Andrej Meszaros: The Best Flyer To Wear No. 41

Andrej Meszaros looked to be one of the more promising defenseman on the Flyers blue line. In his first season, at the age of 25, he won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s best defenseman. The following years, were more disappointing than promising.

Meszaros was a skilled, mobile defenseman who could not seem to stay healthy during his time in Philadelphia. His first season was the only time he would play more than 75 games with the Flyers. Injuries would derail him in the coming years and he would miss 91 games over the next two seasons.

Overall, he played 154 games with the Flyers, totalling 15 goals and 44 assists.

Meszaros was one of the team’s most promising defensemen, but injuries derailed his potential.

Meszaros was dealt to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline during the 2013-14 season for a conditional third-round pick.

He came to the Flyers via trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Meszaros was not far removed from an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final with the Ottawa Senators and brought valuable experience to a young team.

During his first and only full season with the Flyers, Meszaros was at the center of several big moments for the orange and black. He finished the season with 32 points – 8 goals, 24 assists – and was an astounding +30.

Meszaros possessed a good wrist shot and a decent slap shot. During his first season with the Flyers, he unloaded two game-winning goals. He put that wrister of his on display during two separate overtime goals.

The first came against the Washington Capitals. Matt Carle ducked into the offensive zone with the puck and drew a few men toward him. Meszaros was the last man to enter the zone and Carle swept the puck to him. Meszaros uncorked a wrist shot and beat Semyon Varlamov to give the Flyers a win.

The other came in a heart-stopper against the New York Islanders. The Flyers came back to tie the game and forced overtime. In almost similar fashion, Ville Leino fed a pass to Meszaros from the far boards and Meszaros ripped the puck into the net for the game-winner.

It is a mystery of what Meszaros could have done if injuries had not set him back. His potential seemed to be growing and his future looked bright.

Meszaros signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres when the free agency period began in July.

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