2022-23 Philadelphia Flyers Predictions and Futures Odds Picks
This Philadelphia Flyers squad is not a playoff team for the upcoming year. The team had some bad luck last year and was hoping to turn it around and start building something in Philadelphia. This is as passionate a fan base as they come. And while they will sit through a rebuild for a little while (see the 76ers), they want the home team to win! Unfortunately, the bad luck bug already struck this team. Flyers center Sean Couturier may miss the entire season with a herniated disk in his back. The season hasn’t started yet, and this does not look like a promising 2022-23 campaign for this team.
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Philadelphia Flyers Offseason Moves
The biggest move for this team was the hiring of coach John Tortorella. He has a reputation for being a hard-nosed, tough and well-respected coach. He is trying to bring structure to this team, and it will reman to be seen if he can instill that. The team lost their captain in Claude Giroux. He was a long-time veteran of this team, and his loss will surely hurt morale. A notable signing was left wing Nicolas Deslauriers from the Wild and defenseman Tony DeAngelo from the Hurricanes. This team didn’t do anything splashy, but it was enough to keep them afloat for potentially another year.
This team has talent, but this roster isn’t built to make the playoffs. They are in that weird spot of not being playoff ready but not exactly tanking. They have an old-school, hard-nosed coach who consistently has gotten the most out of his players. Injuries to Couturier and Ryan Ellis even before the start of the season seems to have the team on even thinner ice than they already were. Kevin Hayes will slot in as the No. 1 center. Hayes is coming off an extraordinarily tough season on and off the ice. His brother passed away last year, and then injuries limited him to only 48 games for the year.
One of the wildcards for the team this year is goalie Carter Hart. He originally looked like a superstar in the making, but that elite level status window is starting to close with each passing season. Tortorella will also look to put in a better defensive structure as during his five full seasons with the Blue Jackets they allowed the sixth-fewest goals in the league. This team may accidentally tank and end up with a high draft pick next year. While that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for them, this team is clearly trying to win even if this team isn’t built for that.
Philadelphia Flyers NHL Futures Odds
The Flyers open as a +10000 long shot to win the Stanley Cup, which is third worst only in front of the Blackhawks and the Coyotes. The over/under for regular season points is currently set at 73.5, which would actually be a 12-point improvement from last season. The team sits at 4th to last at +3000 for the President’s Trophy. Additionally, they have the 5th best odds to have the worst record in the NHL at +1100. The team sits tied for dead list at +5000 to win the Eastern Conference and dead last in a tough Metropolitan Division at +7500. The team sits at a whopping +810 to even make the playoffs.
2022-23 Philadelphia Flyers Predictions
To be honest, the regular season point total is way higher than expected. It is suggesting improvement, which seems almost impossible with the injuries they already have before the season starts. The team is in a weird spot. They aren’t in tanking mode, but really aren’t a good enough team to make the playoffs. This is the type of season that will put pressure on management to take a path one way or the other. To me, they look like a bottom three team that may get the consolation prize of getting a Top 3 pick, whether they wanted that or not. This is not a team to get excited about, and unfortunately passionate Philly fans are going to have to wait at least another year to see their team reach the playoffs.
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