Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall.
The topic: What might the next decade hold for the Flyers?
The Flyers certainly had their fair share of ups and downs over this past decade — but when you step back and look at things, the team had been the most consistent in the city through that span of time, when it came to postseason appearances, of course. Since 2010, the Flyers have made it to the playoffs five times, while the Eagles and Sixers four, and the Phillies just twice. And even though expectations might have fallen short, there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming years.
I’m most excited to see how the young core continues to develop. Things seem to be heading in the right direction, with Travis Konecny on his way to the All-Star Game. It’s great seeing new faces being able to represent the team. I had a feeling he’d be heading to St. Louis this year.
What I’m hoping to see is one of the most consistent decades of goaltending for the Flyers. If Carter Hart can gain even a little more confidence when he plays on the road, I think the league is going to deem this team as a long-term threat. From what I’ve seen, it seems like it's still slightly overlooked, but it won’t stay that way for much longer.
I truly see a decade full of winning.
And please, for the love of God … get Claude Giroux that Cup.
It’s crazy to think it’s 2020! The past decade was full of many moments for the Flyers: Five different coaches, five playoff runs, players come and gone, the introduction of Hart ... and of course, GRITTY!
When we really look back on this decade from start to finish, it proves that so much can change in this game. I’m talking about team development and also the entire league.
That being said, I believe the next decade will bring many exciting moments for this team. With the way things are currently going, it is already starting the new decade strong and I’m excited for what’s to come with this team in the next 10 years.
If we look at the Flyers’ tools from the GM to the coaching staff to the youth of the players, the future is bright. The next decade will bring many more playoff runs for this team, a strong placement in the Metropolitan Division and potentially a Stanley Cup Final appearance.
One of the biggest advantages for the Flyers right now is their youth and since they have it, there should be a lot to look forward to in this next decade.
Two important areas in which the Flyers look promising and well-equipped for the next decade are goaltending and defense.
The clear future in net has already reached the present. Hart is only 21 years old and impressing as the Flyers’ No. 1 between the pipes. He’s a major bright spot for the next decade.
On defense, the Flyers look to be in good shape.
Ivan Provorov is only 22 years old and under contract up until the 2025 offseason.
Shayne Gostisbehere is only 26 years old and under contract up until the 2023 offseason.
Travis Sanheim is only 23 years old and should be a fixture on the blue line moving forward.
Philippe Myers is only 22 years old with big potential, 2013 second-round pick Robert Hagg is only 24 but a restricted free agent after this season and 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin could be in the picture.
And then coming up through the system are exciting blue-line prospects Cam York and Egor Zamula, along with Adam Ginning, Wyatte Wylie, Mason Millman and Wyatt Kalynuk.
Prospects and youngsters still need to become players, but there’s a lot to like with the makeup on the back end moving into the next decade.
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