Turning to the big club, the Flyers will have five players who could be pending RFA’s at the end of this season. Again, Frost could add to that number depending on what happens with him. All of these young players have a lot riding on this season, and the team’s administration will be eagerly watching in order to evaluate where the Flyers are heading.
First and foremost is goaltender Carter Hart. Is he going to be extended? Is he going to be traded? We’ll have to watch and wait. Out of all of the potential storylines for this upcoming season, this one in particular is going to be the most important one to pay attention too.
Not far after Hart is Owen Tippett. In his first full season with the Flyers, he wowed fans and teammates alike. He looks like a star in development. If he duplicates the season he had last year, watch for him to get a well-deserved extension.
Wade Allison and Egor Zamula are also pending RFAs. Their careers, thus far, have been plagued with inconsistent play and injuries. Because of the turnover on defense this year, Zamula would appear to have the inside track. Either way, this could be a make-or-break year for both players. There are enough young stars waiting in Lehigh Valley to take their place if things don’t work out.
Finally, there is newcomer Ryan Poehling. He is just 24 and trying to prove he belongs in the NHL after being let go by the Penguins. Much like Allison and Zamula, he too has struggled with injuries. If he can get on track this year, he could be extended.