Meet the Sellers: the Philadelphia Flyers

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
Welcome back to a mini-series Tyler Yaremchuk and I are doing leading up to the trade deadline: Meet the Sellers. Earlier this week we looked at the Detroit Red Wings.
Much like the Detroit Red Wings, the Philadelphia Flyers are a far cry from being a playoff team. They sit with a 21-22-9 record with 51 standings points — the second worst in the Metro Division. They sit near the bottom of the league scoring 143 goals (26th) and 164 goals against (19th). The Flyers have had some nice seasons from Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes, but have largely been carried by strong goaltending from Carter Hart, who has gone 15-15-8 with a .911 save percentage, 2.86 GAA while saving 6.6 goals above expected.
Here are four players who could be on the move:

Travis Konecny

RW, right-shot

Age: 25
Stats: 46 GP, 24 G, 25 A, 49 Pts
5×5 Analytics: 47.97 CF%, 46.03 GF%, 43.24 xGF%, 99.5 PDO.
Contract: Two years remaining, $5.5-million cap hit.
Zach Laing: Konecny would be a great addition to the Oilers. He’s a legit top-six player, but has had some defensive deficiencies in his game. That being said, his strength comes in his ability to be an elite set-up man and would gel great in the Oilers top-six. The problem? The cost would likely be too much for the Oilers, and it feels like the Flyers would have to be wowed to move him. That being said, his $5.5-million deal fits right into the second level of Oilers cost-wise.
Tyler Yaremchuk: Yes. Give me Konecny. I think stylistically, he would be an amazing fit on this Oilers team. I would part with a first-round pick and another solid asset to make this deal happen. I love the kind of player he is, I love his $5.5 million cap hit for the next three seasons, and I think he could be a perfect fit alongside one of McDavid or Draisaitl. The only issue here would be salary. The cap hit is really good in terms of value, but the Oilers would have a tough time fitting that in this season. Puljujarvi and Foegele would have to go out to make this happen. It’s a stretch and I wouldn’t hold my breath, but the point stands that he’d be a dream fit.

Ivan Provorov

D, left-shot
Age: 26
Stats: 52 GP, 3 G, 16 A, 19 Pts
5×5 Analytics: 47.65 CF%, 45.71 GF%, 44.77 xGF%, 99.2 PDO.
Contract: Two years remaining, $6.75-million cap hit.
Zach Laing: Provorov has been a farily average defenceman throughout his career. He’s never really excelled in one area or another, but he has been a moderate point producer. He’s not a big player, nor overly physical. There’s been some suggesting he would be a good target for the Oilers, but I don’t see there being a fit.
Tyler Yaremchuk: I think Provorov still carries some clout from where he was drafted. There are some things he does well and I do think his defensive numbers would take a positive jump if he were to play on a team that’s better than the Flyers. Offensively, he doesn’t bring a lot and if I’m paying a defenseman $6.75 million, I want more offence than Provorov brings. Also: why would you want to bring the negative storylines into your room ahead of the playoffs? I’m passing on Provorov for that reason alone.

Zack MacEwan

RW, right-shot
Age: 26
Stats: 46 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 Pts
5×5 Analytics: 46.49 CF%, 42.42 GF%, 44.60 xGF%, 98.9 PDO.
Contract: Pending UFA, $925,000 cap hit.
Zach Laing: In the words of Randy Jackson, “that’s gonna be a no from me dawg.” He’s a physical presence on the ice, but that’s about it. The Oilers could do much better in acquiring a depth player.
Tyler Yaremchuk: He is the most realistic forward option on the Flyers and he’s the kind of player that I could really see Holland targeting. The Flyers apparently really like him, and he’s reportedly one of Head Coach John Tortorella’s favourites, but if he could land them a pick, maybe they’d be willing to part with him. I wouldn’t pay anything more than a mid-round pick but he would make the Oiler’s bottom six harder to play against, which I believe is one of their big goals.

Nick Seeler

Age: 29
Stats: 49 GP, 3 G, 7 A, 10 Pts
5×5 Analytics: 47.54 CF%, 51.79 GF%, 51.77 xGF%, 99.3 PDO.
Contract: One year left, $775,000.
Zach Laing: Now here’s a depth defenceman I would be all over. He’s having a tremendous season with the Flyers and is one of two defenceman +50% in goals and expected goals. He’s chipped in some 5×5 offence this year, takes some shots from the blueline, and blocks a ton of shots. In my eyes, he’s a perfect seventh defenceman for the Oilers.
Tyler Yaremchuk: He’s a hard-nosed defenseman and he’s dirt cheap. He’s a good check-down option for Ken Holland in my opinion. He won’t cost most than a third or fourth-round pick, he can apparently play both sides of the ice and he’s responsible defensively. I believe there are better options out there, but if Holland swings and misses on some other options, then Seeler is a name you should keep in mind.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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