Travis Konecny Off to Great Start, Scores First NHL Goal
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PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps Travis Konecny wasn’t fibbing when he said he couldn’t remember the details of his goal Tuesday night, his first in the NHL.
What was clearer in his mind was that it sparked two more goals to help the Flyers dig out of a three-score deficit and ultimately win in a shootout.
Even if he was fibbing, that kind of modesty is what the Flyers like about the 19-year-old left wing, who has played well enough early this season that his first goal could have come much earlier than his seventh game.
“He has been an impact player,” coach Dave Hakstol said. “Apart from the obvious things you see on the ice, I see a guy that is working hard on his game. He does that every day. He has got a good level of humility to him, which I think endears him to the older guys in the room. He keeps his mouth shut and works and that’s a positive.”
The Flyers have a pair of 19-year-old rookies on the team, but it seems like for the first seven games Konecny has gotten less attention than defenseman Ivan Provorov.
There are a couple reasons why that may be the case; A. it’s a lot harder for a young defenseman to stay in the league than a young forward because the mistakes they make are way more visible and B. Provorov has shown both flashes of silky smoothness and rocky games to amplify both ends of the spectrum.