Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Philadelphia Flyers
For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 19th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
Gone – Philippe Myers, Jakub Voracek, Brian Elliott, Robert Hagg, Carsen Twarynski, Shayne Gostisbehere, Nolan Patrick
Incoming – Ryan Ellis, Keith Yandle, Rasmus Ristolainen, Martin Jones, Cam Atkinson, Derick Brassard, Nate Thompson
Impact of changes – The pieces that were shipped out were largely replaced by similar ones coming in. Cam Atkinson comes in as a bit more of a shooter than the playmaker Jakub Voracek, which might play well on a line with Claude Giroux. Nolan Patrick is replaced in the bottom-six with Derek Brassard, but that's likely a little far off most fantasy radars.
On defence, powerplay specialist