Nothing comes easy in Philadelphia. This sports city seems to spend the year wishing they were playing in less competitive division. For those with Philadelphia Flyers tickets to Wells Fargo Center, this remains just as true a statement. The team has a shortened regular season to build chemistry after an offseason witnessing a rush to replace those players who fled town or whose medical conditions have simply become too perilous for them to consider taking the ice once again.
The forwards need time to time to incorporate a trio of young guns. Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, and Matt Read are most definitely talented, but they are inexperienced and this regular season they cannot afford to be with seeding in the NHL playoffs demanding near perfection from them. They are not the stars, thankfully. The Flyers prized possession is Claude Giroux. Giroux will not break the 100-point barrier this season but he should in the next few seasons. Instead, Philadelphia will continue to chant his name in the face of utter lack of respect from the rest of the hockey community.
The center and his love of the assist will make right wing Scott Hartnell a happy man and will make whoever emerges as a serious option on the left wing an equally thrilled component. Center Danny Briere leads the second line with Sean Couturier or Matt Read likely to make the jump to the left side. Whoever remains will be manning the third line. So, while the Top Six may not be the very best in the NHL, this roster has a rich talent pool of forwards that go almost 9 deep.
The defensemen are a veteran unit enjoying the addition of Luke Schenn. Schenn arrives because Chris Pronger endured a horrific concussion that should lead straight to retirement. Schenn is young, but talented and is a good offensive-oriented blueliner to help bring the puck up while Andrej Meszaros and Kimmo Timonen lock it down. They are protecting Ilya Bryzgalov, the supposed answer at goal. Last season he had a terrible season and this season he needs to prove it was an aberration, lest he want to face a truly angry Philadelphia Flyers crowd, the kind that will find Flyer Tickets just to throw something at the player they choose to hate.