Flyers are No. 25 in ESPN’s NHL Future Power Rankings
The Philadelphia Flyers are hoping a new-look front office could help change the perception that has been around this team the past two seasons.
The team parted ways with former GM Chuck Fletcher last season and brought two popular players from their past, Danny Briere and Keith Jones, to try and help change the teams image.
ESPN released its NHL Future Power Rankings and here was the criteria they used to come up with their rankings.
These rankings consider how teams are set up for success this season as well as the next three seasons. We had a panel of writers and editors rate each team in four categories -- roster (with an emphasis on players 26 and under); prospects; cap situation and contracts; and front office, ownership and coaching -- using this scale:
- 100: A+ (elite)
- 90: A (great)
- 80: B (very good)
- 70: C (average)
- 60: D (very bad)
- 50: F (disastrous)
The Flyers were ranked No. 25 out of 32 NHL teams with a score of 71.7. This is how they did in each category:
With the current structure of the roster, the Flyers come in at 13th in cap/contracts and ninth in prospects. However, the Philadelphia’s issues are bigger than the youth on their roster and in their system, there current NHL roster was rated 30th and their other intangibles ranked 27th.
This is why they landed at No. 25 on the list:
The Flyers are in the midst of a significant rebuild, but our panel believes they're making considerable progress. Bolstered by recent first-rounders Matvei Michkov, Oliver Bonk and Cutter Gauthier, Philly's prospect pool was ranked ninth overall. GM Daniel Briere's cost cutting helped the Flyers to 13th in contract management ... which makes it somewhat surprising that the combination of their front office, coach John Tortorella and the team's ownership netted them only 27th overall. Not much is expected from their current roster, as the Flyers ranked 30th in that category.
The team’s prospect pool should improve, as evidence by their No. 9 overall prospect ranking. But for now, their current roster is ranked as one of the worst in the league, coming in at No. 30.
It might be years before Philadelphia gets the best out of 2023 No. 7 overall pick Matvei Michkov. But if there's a beacon of hope for these Flyers in the future, it's coming from him like a bat signal. In the meantime, Philadelphia can keep developing its incumbent young stars like Cam York, Morgan Frost and Tyson Forester, so when the club does finally put all the pieces together they'll be ready to make strong contributions.
While there seems to be hope down the road, this season could be another middle of the road type of season. Big picture, the future is bright in Philadelphia, but it might take awhile before we start to think about a parade down Broad Street.
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