vis Posted September 5, 2017 Share Posted September 5, 2017 https://theathletic.com/93906/2017/09/05/can-the-flyers-fix-their-5-on-5-goal-scoring-issues-in-2017-18/ I have bagged on Charlie O'Connor before, but this is really solid analysis that, imo, is definitely backed up by the eye test. I have felt that the lack of 5v5 scoring is mainly a systemic issue, though I do think age is catching up to some players, e.g., Giroux. I don't understand why Hakstol relied so heavily on the d-men last year given the defensive corps they had in place. Remember at one point the Flyers d-men were ranked first in terms of scoring? Yes, that is an indictment of the forwards to a degree, but really it's the result of the system employed by Hakstol. Given the defensive talent in the pipeline, perhaps the system will be much more effective in the future. Maybe Hakstol is just trying to lay that groundwork for that now. And maybe with some new offensive talent, you will see some other things open up in the o-zone and even an increase in shooting percentage. Also, maybe worth noting, during the 10-game win streak, the Flyers had a ridiculous shooting percentage if I recall correctly. Something close to 12%. Shows just how much of an aberration (and mirage) that 10-game streak was. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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