ESPN hockey insider Craig Custance ranked the top ten forward groups and the Flyers came in at No. 6. Custance cites the emergence of Jakub Voracek as a bright spot but points out that he had a 17.1% shooting percentage last year which is likely to come down closer to his 10.4% career average. A concern for the the Flyers will be the health of captain Claude Giroux who is out with torn ligaments in his finger from a golfing accident.
An interesting note is the insight from a NHL talent evaluator that is skeptical about the acquisition of Vinny Lecavalier saying that he likely won't provide any more production than Danny Briere did but would just be a bigger version of the former Flyer.
The Penguins took the top spot followed by the Blackhawks, Kings, Oilers, and Bruins rounding out the top five.
I agree with the assessment of the Flyers forwards although I do believe that Lecavalier will be a little bit more productive than Briere, but not at the Hart Trophy-level he was at a few years ago. Custance mentions concerns about the Flyers lack of size up the middle and it is a concern but, luckily for them, they have size on the outside with wingers like Scott Hartnell (6'2", 210 lbs.), Wayne Simmonds (6'2", 183 lbs.), Jay Rosehill (6'3", 210 lbs.), Tye McGinn (6'2", 205 lbs.), and even Voracek at 6'2" and 214 pounds.
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