Travis Konecny’s stellar return has proved once again why the winger is vital to the Philadelphia Flyers and gives hope for next season.
The winger has been out since February 20th after suffering an upper-body injury against the Calgary Flames. Konecny made his return Saturday, April 1st against the Sabers. He picked up where he left off scoring his first goal since being back.
Besides Konecny scoring, he played with dominance, made plays happen, and proved once again why he’s the glue of the team. The Flyers traveled to Pittsburgh, Sunday, where they lost against the Penguins. TK was able to score another goal. Since the winger returned he’s scored two consecutive back-to-back goals. While Konecny returned to the ice; Flyers fans won’t see Sean Couturier. He was ruled out for the rest of the season. This comes as no surprise as fans were even surprised to see Konecny back on the ice with the season nearing an end.
The Younger Guys
After not much surprise Philadelphia is officially eliminated from the playoffs. With the team only having six games remaining it’s important that the younger players on the team get a chance to prove themselves for next season. John Tortorella called up a defenseman, Ronnie Attard, from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. This will allow Attard to gain NHL experience that he deserves.
The Phantoms are the Flyers’ AHL team, and they will be going on a playoff run. This is good practice for guys such as Tyson Foerster, Egor Zamula, and Jackson Cates. The main priority for these players who’ve been called up to the Flyers previously is to use this experience in the postseason to their advantage. Playoffs in hockey are a whole new game than anything in the regular season can prepare you for. Not only will playing in the postseason ignite confidence; it will give the guys motivation to get into the NHL playoffs.
Despite how the past two seasons went for Philadelphia; it doesn’t take away that the Flyers have resources to get them to the postseason. All in all, regaining a healthy Travis Konecny is a good start to an improving Flyers team.