#3: Travis Konecny
Travis Konecny missed 22 games last year with a variety of injuries. Despite this, he had a career-year in points and goals. He finally broke through with the promise that we all thought he had when he was drafted in the first round all those years ago.
With Giroux gone and Couturier and Atkinson injured, the bulk of the offense fell onto his shoulders. For better or for worse, Konecny took it in stride and performed. He had a stretch in December, coming back from an injury, where he was scoring left and right – a pace you would have normally associated with someone like David Pastrnak.
Carrying the offense on his back, Konecny was the team leader last season. In truth, he should have been the Flyers’ representative at the All-Star game instead of Hayes.
The only reason Konecny isn’t higher on this list is because he has the least amount to prove. He is one of the franchise’s two star players. Could he be traded to a contender for younger talent or draft picks? Maybe. There were rumors to that effect, but how much of it was serious talks and how much was just “kicking the tires” on it?
For right now, Konecny is a Flyer and the team will continue to benefit from his services. If he can appear in 75 or more games this season, he will easily top his numbers from last year.