The Flyers’ 5 Best Fantasy Hockey Options
The Philadelphia Flyers have opened their development camp, which means the season is only getting closer. With plenty of new additions to the Flyers and older veterans gearing up for their seasons, it’s time to take a look at the best potential players on the squad.
For fantasy hockey fans looking to add to their teams, the Flyers have a few guys who could make a big impact in fantasy hockey. Over the past two seasons, Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and former Flyer Jake Voracek have been the Flyers’ best fantasy players. In this article, I’m going to list five must-have projects from the Flyers, along with some notable options for fantasy teams.
There is no doubt that Giroux is drafted into a fantastic team. The Flyers captain has produced good numbers since joining the Flyers in 2006. Giroux can provide a few goals for a team, but above all will provide a lot of assists. With the addition of Cam Atkinson, he finally has a natural scorer in his squad, and if they both play together, Giroux could collect a ton of points.
Over the past few seasons, Giroux has also put in some very good power-play efforts for the Flyers roster, placing him near the top of the NHL. According to RotoWire, Giroux’s 11 power-play points last season was his lowest total since he was 20 in the 2008-09 season. Hopefully that changes this season, in the last year of his contract.
Atkinson is one of the NHL’s top goal scorers since being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Draft. The ‘shoot first’ mentality forward was acquired in mid-July after the Flyers traded longtime forward Voracek to the Blue Jackets for Atkinson on a one-for-one deal. . The former Boston College Eagle will reunite with former college teammate Kevin Hayes on the Flyers.
Atkinson has provided strong fantastic value to teams over the years, producing over 40 points per season since the 2013-14 season. The best year of his career came in the 2018-19 season, where he scored 41 goals and 28 assists for 69 points, placing himself as the league’s top scorer. The past two seasons haven’t been the best for the Blue Jackets, but Atkinson could very well improve his game with the Flyers and deliver great, fantastic value.
The former Selke Trophy winner is a must-have draft for a fantastic team. Couturier is the Flyers’ number one center and will remain so for another eight years, having signed a contract extension last summer worth $ 62 million. “Coots” is a potential option for the Flyers’ next captain after Giroux retires. He brings offensive and defensive skills and very strong leadership skills. He’s a big, powerful center with solid skating skills, who will continue to show some fantastic big numbers.
Couturier was drafted by the Flyers in eighth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. Over the years, he has been an excellent scorer for the Flyers, as well as a strong playoff presence. His best season came in 2017-18, where he scored 31 goals and 45 assists for a total of 76 points. The following year, he would post another 76-point season again, with 33 goals and 43 assists. Last season, as the team’s assistant captain, he finished fourth in points scored with 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points.
Newly acquired Ryan Ellis will immediately be a fan favorite of the Flyers organization. The former Nashville Predator has spent the past 11 seasons playing for the team. Ellis will bring a strong presence on the blue line for the Flyers down the line and give Ivan Provorov a true number one partner by his side. He is under contract with the team for the next six seasons.
“Ryan is a great all-around defender. In our opinion, he’s one of the best passer in the game on the blue line. He’s great in transition, he can play on the power play, he has a strong shot and he’s a very good penalty killer.
Ellis will bring leadership to the Flyers, having served as the Predators’ assistant captain for the past three seasons. He can rack up plenty of assists with his playmaking and transition skills, display good times on the ice and play a key asset in the defensive zone. Last year Ellis didn’t have his best season by any means, but with a busy schedule this season and a new squad to adapt to, he could have a great year and be a perfect fantastic addition.
Russian defenseman Ivan Provorov has been the Flyers’ best defenseman in recent seasons. Drafted by the team in 2017, Provorov brought a lot of offensive skills to the club. He’s hardly missed a game since being drafted by the Flyers, and he brings a warrior mindset to every game in terms of blocked shots and doing whatever it takes to win.
With the new addition of Ellis from the Predators, Provorov finally has a true number one defenseman and veteran by his side on the blue line. In recent years, he has had several partners, including Justin Braun a few times last season. He has the ability to provide the team with even more points if he just had a consistent partner with him. Ellis will help him greatly over the next few years, but he can still provide a solid pick in Fantastic Drafts.
Joel Farabee is a great choice for fantastic drafts. The Flyers’ goalie last season continues to improve with each season. He’s already proven he can play on the Flyers’ front row and provide consistent goals for the team.
Rasmus Ristolainen played for a horrible Buffalo team. It looks like Ristolainen is struggling to handle a number one role. Coming to the Flyers might help him, as he would have a slightly smaller role in the squad, which would take the pressure off him. Either way, he can provide a lot of defensive value with his size and strength as he likes to hit hits.
Carter Hart is in a year of rebound. After a horrific season last year, Hart will put it all behind him and look for a better year this season. Defense has improved a lot, and that should really help keep him more confident in the net. He’ll be a risky fantastic choice, but if he has a good year, there might be a lack of fantastic writers.
Clare McManus has been a freelance hockey writer for two years. Starting out on Instagram as NHLProspectReport, she continued with a role with DobberProspects and Future Considerations. After some time there, she is currently covering the NHL Draft for Neutral Zone and the Philadelphia Flyers for The Hockey Writers.