Flyers 2018-19 Projections: The Young Guns

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Much like last season, the Flyers rosters consists heavily of young players both up front and on the blue line.

It is expected to be a season of growth, a season where these young, budding stars take another step forward.

Using Daily Faceoff’s fantasy projections as a guideline, we’ll review the five young players that are a big part of the roster and how they are anticipated to fare this season.

Travis Konecny (22 G, 30 A, 52 P) – If he solidifies a role on the top line, he should be a key contributor to the offense this season. Konecny scored 24 goals last season. There’s a good chance he can top that, but setting the projections at 22 goals and 52 points is a fair start until he shows he can surpass that.

Nolan Patrick (21 G, 30 A, 51 P) – After a disappointing first half of the season playing through injury, Nolan Patrick closed his rookie season strong and is getting a lot of buzz as a breakout candidate for the 2018-19 season. If Patrick can break the 20-goal mark and reach 50 points, it will be a big step for him.

Ivan Provorov (16 G, 31 A, 47 P) – Provorov just continues to impress. The goal number may be tough to sustain. Scoring 17 goals is difficult for a defenseman, so to say he’ll reach 16 may be difficult, but he’ll easily reach double digits and if he can approach 50 points, that gives the Flyers quite the top pairing. A good offensive defenseman averages around 50 points. Imagine if the Flyers have two of them.

Shayne Gostisbehere (14 G, 45 A, 59 P) – The Flyers offensive dynamo on the blue line figures to have another big season. He’s approaching elite status on the offensive side after a 65-point season a year ago. He figures to be right around 55-60 points again, and if his defensive play takes another step, he’s got the qualities of a top-pairing guy.

Travis Sanheim (8 G, 29 A, 37 P) – After an up-and-down rookie season, Sanheim figures to settle into a role this season. With not much to go off from a season ago, if he can reach the eight goals and 37 points that are projected here, it will be a very productive year.

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