The Philadelphia Flyers seemed like they were going to be a top team last year. With Claude Giroux winning the NHL 13 cover vote, and then becoming the captain of the Flyers, it seemed this team was going to be on top of the league. They didn’t play so hot, and this year they are looking to come back hard. There are three players who I expect to double their stats and lead the team through to the playoffs.
Jakub Voracek is a very good offensive player. In his 48 games last season, he totaled 46 points. He was in second for team scoring, just behind Giroux who had 48 points in 48 games. He recorded 22 goals and 24 assists, almost getting a point per game. He also recorded 3 game-winning goals. This player is strong, and I think Voracek is going to be the top scorer for Philly this season. Expect his numbers to more than double this upcoming year. I say he gets around 100 points.
In 45 games last season, Wayne Simmonds scored 15 goals and 17 assists (32 points). He was third in scoring, and he was second to Zac Rinaldo in penalty minute (Simmonds had 82, Rinaldo had 85). With a little bit less fighting and a lot more crashing the net, Simmonds could definitely produce a lot more than he did last season. He has the skill to put the puck in the net, and he will really show it off this year. I think he can notch 80 points for the Flyers this season.
Ray Emery is one of the Stanley Cup winners from Chicago last season. He and Corey Crawford were what seemed to be unstoppable, and Ray Emery was the first goalie to start the season 10-0-0. He was definitely one goalie that was high up in the sports talks. He recorded a 17-1-0 season with 3 shutouts. He only allowed 36 goals all season. Even though he didn’t play in the playoffs, he deserved to raise the Stanley Cup. This year as a starter, he will be able to show us all what he is really about. Look for Philly to be a strong goaltending team once again.
These are my choices for rising stars in Philly. I want to know what you think. Let us know on Twitter. Follow us @TMMotS and @NardoneDylan. Comment below and tell me who you would choose for the three rising stars.