Which Flyers player will be most impacted by new coaching staff in 2019-20 season?

Which Flyers player will be most impacted by new coaching staff in 2019-20 season?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jordan Hall and Brooke Destra.

The topic: Which Flyers player will be most impacted by the new coaching staff in 2019-20?

Hall

We've written about the importance of a coaching staff for a player like Shayne Gostisbehere (see story).

In 2019-20, head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coach Mike Yeo will implement their system, predicated on attacking and dictating possession.

"He's always been a believer of getting the puck going north and getting the D up in the play," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said of Vigneault. "I think our D is ideally suited for Alain."

Gostisbehere knows a thing or two about pushing pace and putting pressure on opponents. In fact, that's what he loves to do. It's a style that plays to his strengths.

Many eyes will be on Gostisbehere and an anticipated rebound season from the 26-year-old.

Whether it's positive or negative — there will probably be some of both — coaching will impact Gostisbehere's game considerably in 2019-20.

And the outcome from it will be paramount to the Flyers' playoff chances.

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Even though this is their first season with the Flyers, the previous relationship formed by Vigneault and Kevin Hayes from their time with the Rangers will play a huge factor heading into 2019-20.

There is always a level of uncertainty when a new player joins a fairly established roster, but the previous time that they spent together could make the transition much easier.

This has the potential to become a positive domino effect throughout the team. Hayes knows what to expect from Philadelphia’s newest head coach and may be able to better help his teammates get used to the new face behind the bench.

“Playing under A.V. for four years, we had a great relationship, on and off the ice,” Hayes said when he signed with the Flyers back in June. “He demands hard work.

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Predictions for Flyers' power play units in 2019-20 season

Predictions for Flyers' power play units in 2019-20 season

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jordan Hall and Brooke Destra.

The topic: Predictions for the Flyers' power play units in 2019-20. 

Hall

The Flyers' power play was one of the team's downfalls in 2018-19.

It was 9 for 93 (9.7 percent) from Oct. 13 to Jan. 2, a 35-game stretch in which the Flyers went 13-17-5 and dug themselves a deep hole. Overall, the unit finished at 17.1 percent, tied for 22nd in the NHL.

The man advantage finally found some success over the final 32 games of the season, a span in which it was fifth best in the NHL at 24.1 percent.

The Flyers can start the season with the obvious first unit of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere. There's history, balance and chemistry there. Let's see what wrinkles assistant coach Michel Therrien can add to make the group more consistent and dynamic.

As for the second unit, let's go with Kevin Hayes, Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom, Travis Sanheim and Ivan Provorov. It's tough to leave Nolan Patrick off for now, but letting him focus on his 5-on-5 play could be a good thing. Provorov can be a major factor with entries and Sanheim is strong near the point with his offensive abilities.

The good thing is the Flyers have plenty of options for the second unit.

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It's no secret that the power play is one of the weakest aspects for the Flyers.

Over the past five seasons, while their average percentage has fluctuated, they have gradually decreased in the rankings. Here's a quick overview:

2014-15: Third (24.44 percent)
2015-16: 11th (18.93 percent)
2016-17: 14th (19.49 percent)
2017-18: 15th (20.69 percent)
2018-19: 22nd (17.09 percent)

Last season they had their worst power play percentage since 2006-07, when they finished 28th in the league at 14.06 percent.

Now, looking ahead to this year, making the power play better needs to be a priority.

The top unit should unofficially be set in stone for the start of the season — Giroux, Couturier, Voracek, van Riemsdyk and Gostisbehere are the top producers and their chemistry should be more than enough.

Looking at the second unit, like Jordan said, there are plenty of options here. While it could run with two defensemen, there should be enough talent when it comes to forwards to keep that at one — that one being Sanheim. As far as forwards go, the combination of Hayes, Konecny, Lindblom and Patrick should be more than enough to get the job done.

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Which Flyers player has the most to lose in 2019-20 season?

Which Flyers player has the most to lose in 2019-20 season?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jordan Hall and Brooke Destra.

The topic: Which Flyers player has the most to lose in the 2019-20 season? 

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Robert Hagg could go from playing all 82 games in 2018-19 to being a seventh defenseman in 2019-20. The Flyers' defense will look a lot different this season with the additions of Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun. The team is also "bullish" on 22-year-old Philippe Myers, general manager Chuck Fletcher said in mid-June (see story).

Hagg is only 24 years old and has proven his durability with 152 games over the past two seasons. However, Hagg will now be in serious competition for playing time. The Flyers are high on Myers and there's also 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin in the picture.

Hagg, a 2013 second-round pick, understands his role and what works for him at this level. He competes and won't just give away his ice time, but things are getting crowded on the blue line. He'll be a restricted free agent next offseason. This year is awfully important and a ton could change from now until next summer for Hagg.

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All eyes are on Carter Hart in hopes that he carries the Flyers to the playoffs this season, but where does Brian Elliott fall into all of this? 

Elliott extended his contract this offseason on a one-year deal worth $2 million. He beat out the highly anticipated Cam Talbot for the backup position. Talbot, a mentor to Hart, was brought in as a potential backup option for the future but the job went to Elliott, who will be entering his third season with the Flyers. 

There are a few things that go into analyzing why the 34-year-old goalie has a lot to lose this year and it comes down to: his ability to stay healthy and how much longer he plans on playing before hanging up his skates. 

In 2018-19, he was just one of eight pieces in the Flyers’ goaltending carousel. Elliott can be very serviceable if not overplayed, so being a backup should be the perfect scenario, right? Not exactly. 

The future beyond this season is unknown territory. Elliott is going to have a limited number of times to prove that he is still able to handle the pressure of the league. Not to mention, it’s crucial he stays healthy or he’ll be labeled as injury-prone moving forward. If he plans on playing after 2019-20, teams may not want to risk bringing on a player with that kind of track record. 

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