Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2018: Philadelphia Flyers




Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Philadelphia Flyers


For the last 15 years (12 with The Hockey News, last year’s via pinch-hitter Cam Robinson) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 16th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.



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GonePetr Mrazek, Brandon Manning, Valtteri Filppula, Johnny Oduya, Matt Read


IncomingJames van Riemsdyk, Christian Folin


Impact of changes – The Flyers just got a whole lot deeper at forward in terms of their scoring line, and JVR just might be that piece of the puzzle that brings up the team’s secondary scoring to another level. Between van Riemsdyk’s arrival and Nolan Patrick’s progression, Philadelphia can now keep Jakub Voracek on that second line and give him some real talent to play with. That would keep Travis Konecny on that first line where he really flourished on the second half of 2017-18. The odd man out would be Wayne Simmonds, but he would keep his spot on the power play and the domino effect here is that Simmonds upgrades the third line. Now the team has a third line that can be trotted out there to score.

This team finished sixth in the conference with 98 points last season, but some of that was through luck with injuries and good bounces. But now the Flyers are legitimate contenders, with depth up front thanks to JVR, and depth on the blue line thanks to in-house graduations (see below).


Ready for full-timeOskar Lindblom is a hardworking, two-way forward who is ready to make the jump. After posting strong numbers in Sweden as a 20-year-old, he had a strong AHL rookie campaign with 34 points in 54 games. His NHL debut wasn’t too shabby either, posting six points in 23 games and going plus-4. He’ll slot in on the third line. Between Lindblom and Simmonds, that third