Discussion in 'Stanley Cup Playoffs' started by Mean Gene, Apr 7, 2018.
Do you think any of them will be better than Giroux?
I will not get into those projections.
I am merely saying, and sadly so as I loved watching them keep trying to build a Broad Street Bullies long after it was shown that it was a relic, that the Flyers finally are building right and have a lot of talent coming up to build around. And getting the kids some playoff experience will only help with that process.
I think the Flyers basically came out of the corner throwing haymakers hoping to land one in Game 3.
I'd said about 10 minutes into the game that the Flyers couldn't keep that pace up. Once the first period ended and they didn't have the lead - I was pretty sure they were cooked. Every game, you can point to a few things and say "Well, if [x, y, or z] happens, then this could have been totally different" but I try to look at each teams' success and see if one method is more sustainable than the other.
The Pens won Games 1 & 3 following their blueprint. Forecheck, speed, superstars being superstars, solid goalie play. That's completely sustainable because that's exactly what they've done since Sully came to town.
Philly won Game 2 by Elliot standing on his head and getting a lead which forced the Pens to play without as much attention to detail defensively. It's not impossible for them to repeat this formula but I just don't think they were really dictating terms for that one (which is strange to say when they won 5-1). I don't think the Flyers can outpunch the Pens. Having Elliot stand on his head and getting leads is really the only way I can see them winning games in this series - and even when those things happened for them, they were still outplayed pretty easily.
So while I think the Flyers still have a chance, I don't think it's been a very even series overall. Even if there are handfuls of plays that can swing entire games - it's pretty much going to come down to Elliot playing like Game 2 in at least 3 more games for the Flyers to win and I don't see that happening.
Philly gets no respect from this guy! Lame fans.
Yeah if you followed Sullivans comments between periods and after the game, the Pens planned on weathering a storm the first part of that game... did you notice how they were collapsing and playing as conservative as that team gets... that probably led to the Flyers controlling play early... once the Pens got a feel for the strategy and the lead, they had the better play more often than not...
It could have turned ugly, but we all know that if you hold off an early onslaught you are likely to win that game...
In game 2 the pens really controlled the pace and had Elliot beat often but failed to finish...
I think that while there was a chance this could be 2-1 Flyers, it could very easily be 3-0 pens, and I don't think the Flyers have the coach or goalie to win this series
Never heard of ya
They aren't building the right way though. They aren't just looking at the short term anymore, but at the same time don't have a path to become a cup favorite either without something unexpected happening. When their young players are all in their prime, Giroux and Voracek will be well past theirs, leaving Patrick as likely their best forward.
Congrats on knowing nothing about the Flyers farm system.
Not sure how the two are related. That their current core is getting older is irrelevant. You point out exactly the point. They no longer are looking short term and finally are building the correct way and having some true success doing so. Sure they need more parts but a good young core is being established.
What are you arguing bringing up Giroux and company? To do differently?
I don't like it at all but Philly has a pretty good future and base to build on.
Are you trying to say Philly has forwards as good as Giroux and Voracek in the farm system?
What makes their future any better than New Jersey, NYI, or Carolina for example? All those metro teams have good young pieces.
No, but they have that kind of a potential.
Potential to be a 100 point player? I doubt it
No they don't.
I do. I also know that impact forwards are the most important, and most difficult players to obtain.
Does a bright future exclude others having one as well?
Why do they need to? The Flyers have no depth and no goalies right now. The Flyers prospect wise are incredibly deep at just about every position.
The problem is it's near impossible to acquire game-changing forwards unless you are drafting in the top 5. That's why it's not enough to just rebuild, you need to time everything right so you are able to get those impact forwards along with a strong supporting cast.
Also, good young base when the best forward is Konecny (who to be fair is a darn good player) doesn't add up. The goal is to win the cup.
Who are these mystery prospects who can be as good as Giroux then?
Uhh yeah, only 1 team can win the cup, that’s kinda the point.
If their goal is just to be a consistent playoff team like the past 40 years, then they don't. If they want to win a cup, it is critical they get a guy who can truly carry a line.
The Flyers best 3 forwards all had career years and still only made the POs on the last day of their season. As at least 2 of those 3 inevitably decline, new players will need to not only step up, but become legitimate 1st line guys for the Flyers to take that next step.
...and why can’t they?
I love these guys, but not their best effort IMO. They usually do this for each game, including Pens and enjoying their own fans maybe even more. They did not for game 2 for whatever reason or I would have linked it.
Lold at the “we need better fighters” one