Getting to know your enemy: The Philadelphia Flyers

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We pick back up on our NHL previews by taking a look at the Flyers

Our NHL previews continue after a short break with a short and sweet preview of the Philadelphia Flyers written by Broad Street Hockey editor/NHL editor extraordinaire Travis Hughes.

Where do you think the Wild have an edge in this pairing Wilderness?

Offensive threats

Everybody? Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds and Vincent Lecavalier all have 30 goal potential. Matt Read has scored 20 goals before, Sean Couturier was a 100 point player in juniors, and Brayden Schenn will have a much bigger offensive role this year and should capitalize.

Defensive threats

Mark Streit was a great addition

Un-sung heroes

Adam Hall greatly improves the Flyers in the faceoff department and he'll be a key piece on the fourth line.


Oh, Flyers goaltending. Hopefully, Ray Emery and Steve Mason are able to compete against one another to a healthy degree, and it won't be worse than the goaltending was a year ago. But we're not going to Lundqvist-quality goaltending by any means.


Laviolette has the type of players on his team that can play his uptempo style, and that's good. Laviolette is a demanding coach but the Flyers have the personnel to succeed under him.


After years of staring into a bare cupboard, the Flyers finally have some prospect depth to speak of. Scott Laughton could make the team this year, and Nick Cousins was one of the top scorers in the OHL last season. Samuel Morin, Robert Hagg and Shayne Gostisbehere give the team depth on defensive and Anthony Stolarz is a promising junior-level player at goaltender.

How do you feel about the depth of your team?

Much better than last year. At forward, they might be one of the deepest groups in the NHL, and on defense, they're much better than the were. I'm pleased with the depth and look forward to seeing how it plays out.

Who are your fan favorites, and why are they favorites?

Scott Hartnell is just a great human being. Claude Giroux is a deity.

Who are must follow writers on twitter for your team?

Tim Panaccio from CSN, Frank Seravalli from the Daily News, Anthony SanFilippo with the Flyers website.

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