Five Forwards Who Would’ve Made Great Flyers

Apr 26, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Florida Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 26, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Florida Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cal Clutterbuck

So far, the guys I’ve mentioned here have been all-star level performers; even if they have never been named to an all-star game. Cal Clutterbuck is not an all-star nor will he ever be accused of being one. He has scored less goals in 15 years than Trocheck in nine. His best year was in 2010-11, when he scored 19 goals with 15 assists. In short, Clutterbuck is not a scoring machine.

But he doesn’t need to be. He is one of the best bottom line forwards in the league. He is a pesky, chirpy punk of a player who is great at drawing penalties. Since 2008, there have been only three seasons where he has dealt out less than 200 hits; one was a lockout shortened season and the other two were affected by COVID.

The amazing thing is, despite giving so many hits, he takes few penalties. The last two seasons, he has taken only 20 penalty minutes combined! Since being traded to Islanders, he has been extremely discipline in giving out punishment, but not putting the team down a man. For a team that struggles on the penalty kill, that is impressive.

Clutterbuck isn’t great, but he is a wonderful guy to have manning the third or fourth lines. I think he would make a great addition to the Flyers and would be an instant fan favorite.