Flyers Season Preview: Tortorella Poised to Change Culture, Power Play

Flyers Season Preview: Tortorella Poised to Change Culture, Power Play

The 2022-23 NHL season begins on October 7. With training camp open, NHL.com is breaking down the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions and the projected lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers.

Coach: John Tortorella (first season)

Last season: 25-46-11, eighth in the Metropolitan Division; did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

3 KEYS

1. Working with Tortorella

John Tortorella, hired as coach June 17, said one of his main focuses during training camp will be setting standards on and off the ice and helping create a culture of responsibility among players that has been lost in recent years. seasons. And the message to the players has been very clear. “I’m not convincing them,” Tortorella said. “I’ll tell you what we’re looking for, we’re going to get to that level, and if some guys aren’t willing to get there, or maybe there’s some stubbornness about getting there, we’ll go for it.” for someone else.”

2. Better defensive structure

The Flyers will implement a tighter defensive structure under Tortorella. Last season they allowed 3.59 goals per game, the sixth most in the NHL, and 34.0 shots on goal per game, the fourth most. During Tortorella’s five full seasons as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets (2016-17 to 2020-21), Columbus allowed 2.73 goals per game, sixth fewest in the NHL, and 30.6 shots on goal per game , tied with the Montreal Canadiens for 12-least.

3. Energize the power play

tony deangelo he was acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 8 to improve the Flyers’ power play, which was last in the NHL at 12.6 percent last season. DeAngelo led Hurricanes defenders last season with 20 power-play points, and his ability to move laterally along the blue line and shoot from the spot will give him more opportunities at the net to get rebounds. To have Kevin Hayes (abdominal) healthy should also help.

Video: BOS@CAR, Gm5: DeAngelo scores PPG in 1st period

TEMPLATE SUMMARY

making the cut

There is hope that at least one of the Flyers’ young forwards will earn a spot in the top nine. Owen Tippet had seven points (four goals, three assists) and 53 shots on goal in 21 games after being acquired from the Florida Panthers as part of the claude giroux trade, and Noah Cates impressed in 16 games after signing his entry-level contract on March 27. But they will probably be pushed during the training camp by wade alisonwho has a dynamic scoring touch when healthy, Isaac Ratcliffe and 2020 first-round pick (No. 23) Tyson Foerster .

The most intriguing addition

DeAngelo was acquired to give the power play a needed spark, and Tortorella said he’s also excited about the potential spark DeAngelo could provide off the ice. “I think that’s what this team needs,” he said. “I think the team needs a little bit of personality and a little bit of that (stuff) that goes along with it.”

Biggest Potential Surprise

Foerster missed most of last season after surgery for a dislocated shoulder, but he had a full off-season of training and played high-intensity games with Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships, giving him some advantage when entering the training ground. The Flyers will be looking for an offensive boost, and Foerster’s shot is their best asset. If his skating has improved enough, he could earn a spot on the roster with a strong training camp.

ready to break

Allison has the size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), skill and shooting to be a power forward in the NHL. All he has to do is stay healthy. Last season he sprained his ankle during a rookie game before the start of training camp, injured his elbow when he returned three months later and then, in his only NHL game, sprained a knee ligament. Since the Flyers selected him in the second round (No. 52) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Allison has missed valuable developmental time due to a litany of injuries, including a torn ACL that took nearly two years to complete. to heal properly. But if he’s healthy, Allison has the ability to provide secondary scoring and energize the power play.

fantasy sleeper

Ivan ProvorovD (average fantasy draft position: 163.6) — A potential beneficiary of the Flyers signing Tortorella, he has a chance to recapture his past-fantasy form if he gets more support around him in a more structured system. Provorov, who had NHL career highs in goals (17; tied for the NHL lead among defensemen), points (41) and shots on goal (203) in 2017-18, may also benefit from the addition. of DeAngelo and should be considered a fantasy. deep sleeper –Pete Jensen

PROJECTED LINE

James van Riemsdyk –Kevin Hayes– cam atkinson

Wade Allison- scott laughtontravis konecny

Noah Cates- morgan frost –Owen Tippet

Nicholas Deslaurierstanner laczynskiZack MacEwen

Ivan Provorov – Tony DeAngelo

travis sanheimRasmus Ristolainen

cam yorkjustin braun

carter hart

Troy Grosenick

Injured: Ryan Ellis (back), Joel Farabee (Upper part of the body), Sean Couturer (Upper part of the body)

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