Philadelphia Flyers Trade Value Rankings: Part 2

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 8: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers prepares for a faceoff during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on December 8, 2018 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 8: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers prepares for a faceoff during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on December 8, 2018 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) /

In the second part of a three-part series, we detail numbers 19 through 11 in the Flyers trade value rankings before the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 25.

Note: This is the second part in a three-part series ranking the Philadelphia Flyers by their trade value. Read Part 1 here.

19. Michael Raffl, Years Left: UFA, Cap Hit: $2.35 million

Logically, if there’s a market for Raffl, the Austrian winger will be moved by the Flyers. He’s a very good fourth-liner that has the talent to play anywhere in the lineup (in a pinch), plus kill penalties. But as Philly evolves to a younger team, Raffl’s spot is one that can be filled within — most likely by prospect Nic Aube-Kubel. The 30-year-old is the type of player that helps contenders’ depth and if a bidding war is created, he could return a third-round pick, but a fourth-rounder is probably the safer bet.

18. Anthony Stolarz, Years Left: RFA, Cap Hit: $761,250

Stolarz started the 2018-19 season right where he left off in 2016-17 before a few major knee injuries. That’s earned him 11 games in the NHL this season, which probably would be higher if he didn’t suffer a lower-body injury in December. But those injury question marks will keep teams hesitant with Stolarz. He has the pedigree as a second-round pick and size at 6-foot-6, but he hasn’t proven he can be a full-time NHL backup at this point.

17. Samuel Morin, Years Left: 2, Cap Hit: $700K

Morin has a lot going for him. He’s only 23 years old, stands at 6-foot-7 and has a great contract. But he also has a lot going against him. Unfair projections after the Flyers selected him 11th overall in 2013 started it but he’s also played just three NHL games and has been so injury-riddled these past two years, he’s played just 17 games total. Of course, the latter plays a huge part in Morin’s lack of NHL time, but the defenseman is still seen as a raw prospect. He should be back from injury soon and the hulking blueliner definitely has a chance to show he’s an NHLer and climb up these rankings.

16. Robert Hagg, Years Left: 1, Salary: $1.15 million

Despite being just 23 years old, I think Hagg has shown all he’s going to be in the NHL, which is a third-pairing defensive defenseman. He’ll always be able to kill penalties and play with snarl, but he’ll also always lack puck-moving skills and top foot speed. However, the Swede should still be a reliable NHLer for years to come and at his young age, some team would likely believe they can squeeze more out of him than the Flyers have.

15. Scott Laughton, Years Left: RFA, Cap Hit: $962.5K

Over the past two years, Laughton has proven he’s an NHL player and should finish with career highs in at least assists and points this year. However, I don’t think he’s shown enough offensively to be more than a third/fourth line tweener. Much like Hagg, there’s a spot on most teams for Laughton — he’s fast and can kill penalties — but he’s not a special player at all. With the incoming youth, the 24 year old could turn into a trade chip for the Flyers.

14. Mikhail Vorobyev, Years Left: 1, Cap Hit: $784,167

At first glance, Vorobyev might seem a little low on this list. After all, he’s only 22 years old, has a great track record in the MHL, KHL, AHL and WJC, and has the makings of a third-line center, but we’re going to start crossing into more proven veterans on this list soon enough. Vorobyev definitely has some decent value and the potential to increase that if he can continue his strong play into the NHL.

13. Oskar Lindblom, Years Left: 1, Cap Hit: $925K

Lindblom maybe hasn’t reached the expectations that a lot of us had after his 47-point SHL season at the age of 20, but he’s also shown he has a floor of a third liner. The Swede has come on late with more consistent ice time from coach Scott Gordon and has four goals and eight assists this season. Teams — including the Flyers — probably still believe he can be a second-line forward with the right development.

12. Radko Gudas, Years Left: 1, Cap Hit: $3.35 million

Gudas has a rare set of traits in that he’s intimidating, a right-handed defenseman and is on a fair contract. If the Flyers make him available, some teams would certainly offer draft picks or prospects to add a second-pairing blueliner with strong advanced stats.

11. Wayne Simmonds, Years Left: UFA, Cap Hit: $3.975 million

The player most likely to be traded by the trade deadline ranks 11th on this list. Simmonds should bring back at least a first-round pick, but the team is hoping for more. Unfortunately, the organization may have to wait until some bigger trade candidate names like Artemi Panarin, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene are off the trade market, to see how much Simmonds is really worth.

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