angryjay93 Posted October 23, 2009 Report Share Posted October 23, 2009 Philadelphia Flyers Team Overview: Although lacking an elite super star and a solid #1 defenseman, the Flyers do have some very nice pieces in place to construct a solid line that can take on a couple different looks. These two different looks include a solid offensive approach where elite shooters such as Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi make defenses respect all areas of the ice. The other is an approach built on the speed and checking of Pelle Eklund and Kevin Dineen. The user must recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and evaluate the matchup at hand in order to determine the appropriate line combination.Forwards: The forward unit is where the identity of the Flyers will be made, their defense has only one option, which makes constructing the forward line all the more important. There are 4 useful forwards; Recchi, Eklund, Lindros, and Dineen. The first two are mainstays and should be included in any line combination, picking one of the last 2 is where the true identity of the team is made.Balanced Attack:Lindros-Recchi-Eklund Eric Lindros: 12 weight, 4/3 skating, 4/6 shot, 4 sth & pass, 4/4 aware, Shoots: R This is the slower of the two lines I will recommend, it is very tempting to insert Lindros in the middle because of his 4/6 shot being among the elite in the game. Doing so though, would put the Flyers in a very precarious spot in terms of team speed and defense. At 4 agi/ 3 spd and 11 weight, Lindros is very slow and rather sluggish to handle, not only is he a liability defensively, he has issues dancing through traffic due to his handling and weight. He will be more useful on his off wing, he is an effective passer and stickhandler, also he can use his 4/6 shot to shoot accurate slap shot bombs from just inside the blueline. Mark Recchi: 6 weight, 5/4 skating, 4/5 shot, 4 sth & pass, 5/3 aware, Shoots: L Recchi is just on the outside looking in of the truly elite 94 players. At 6 weight, Recchi is the ideal center package, he has 5 o aware, so he will make a home in the slot to unleash his dangerous 4/5 shot via the one timer. He is also a slick enough skater at 5/4 to be a very dangerous 1 on 1 slasher through the middle of the ice. He can turn on a dime and is light enough to withstand checks from all but the most elite checkers. Another great thing about Recchi is that he has 4 passing ability, if the defense focuses too much on Recchi, he can make a deft pass over to Lindros who can then one time one of his own lethal shots at the net which creates a very solid 1-2 punch up front. Pelle Eklund: 5 weight, 5/4 skating, 3/3 shot, 4 sth & pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: L Eklund is the defensive specialist of the line, but lets not undersell his ability to play a role on offense. He is also a nimble skater at 5/4, and with his 5 weight, he can run down and effectively check many of the top snipers in the game. He is also a great forechecker, Recchi is no slouch on defense, this allows Eklund to occasionally press the action in the offensive zone in an effort to lock down the other team behind their own blueline, creating turnovers with Eklund allows him to use his 4 passing to dish the puck to the open man. While only a 3/3 shooter, Eklund is not a complete liability when putting the puck on net, he can be counted on for some solid dekes.This is the most balanced line possible, Lindros and Recchi provide two legitimate goal scorers to keep the defense on their toes. The defensive ability of Recchi in the middle and Eklund on the right can more than make up for Lindros’s short comings due to their light weight and skating skills.Constant Pressure:Eklund-Recchi-DineenPutting Eklund on his natural side makes him a much more effective player, he can now deke on his forehand to the short side, and he can also use his puck skills to drag the puck through the middle and pull of a sweet little floater to the far side. Also he can now use his more effective forehand pass to feed the puck to a left handed Recchi for quick, effective one-timers. Kevin Dineen: 7 weight, 4/5 skating, 2/3 shot 3 sth & pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: R Dineen has one attribute and one attribute only, his skating. A 4/5 skater, he has the ability to push the play on the wings and come back effectively on defense. Although at 7 weight, coupled with his meager puck skills, he is not a defensive stalwart nor an offensive weapon. The main draw to Dineen is that he keeps Lindros and his fat man self off the ice, if you can accept Dineen for what he is, then all the power to you.With three plus skaters at weights of 5-6-7, this line can skate with any team in the league. The only problem is that it becomes more of a one man scoring situation with Recchi being the only respectable scorer. Depite that problem though, this is still a very effective line that can put constant pressure on the other team with their speed, by creating mistakes, easier scoring chances should be created where guys of lesser skill such as Dineen and Eklund can pot in the odd goal. Other Options: Rod Brind'Amour: 9 weight, 4/3 skating, 4/4 shot, 4 sth & pass, 4/4 awareness, Shoots: L The Bod has a nice skill set here, and he can play center in a pinch if need be, but its hard to ask him to be a consistent contributor. Its really tough keeping up with the pace of a game with only 3 speed, its nearly impossible to do so while saddled down with 9 weight as well. Andrei Lomakin: 7 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/3 shot, 3 sth, 4 pass, 3/2 aware, Shoots: L A bit easier to handle and with more of an offensive nose, Lomakin could make a nice addition to the forward unit in Philly since he's a role player as opposed to being the superstar in Florida. Keith Acton: 4 weight, 2/2 skating, 3/2 shot, 3 sth & pass, 2/4 aware, Shoots: L If in desperate need of weight bug whoring, look no further then "Tough Acton Tinactin." He'll eliminate the opposing team and Philly's offensive output. Forward Rating: (7/10)Defense: A ho-hum group of defenseman reside in Philly, even the top two options provide nothing elite to the table, all that can be asked for is a steady performance that doesn’t drown the team.Yushkevich-Hawgood Dmitri Yushkevich: 7 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/1 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: L Greg Hawgood: 7 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/2 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L These two are nearly identical players, both are 4/3 skaters with a 3 shot power, 3 stick handle and 3 passing. The only noticable difference is Yushkevich’s 4 d aware, which makes him the better option at left defense since both players are left handed. Neither is an offensive force, so there is no point in pushing the action with them in the offensive zone. In fact, they need to be kept as defensive minded as possible since both have mediocre speed, they will be unable to effectively chase down the faster players in the league. Other Options: Gord Hynes: 4 weight, 2/2 skating, 1/2 shot, 2 sth & pass, 2/2 aware, Shoots: L Gord Hynes provides a flyweight option that can lay the lumber, but his 2/2 skating leaves a slow blueline even more susceptible to the breakaway chance. Gary Galley: 7 weight, 2/2 skating, 2/1 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: L It's tough to recommend Galley with him being such a slug. But he does have some decent passing and awareness skills. Hopefully he stays home and puts them to use, but don't plan on it and hope he stays glued to the bench once you sub him out.Defense Rating: (4/10)Goalie Zone: Tommy Soderstrom: 3 weight, 4/4 skating, 4 puck control, 3/4/3/4 save, Catches: L Tommy Soderstrom is a solid goalie, but at 3 weight, he is vulnerable to the goal ram tactic, the flip side of this though, is that at 4/4 skating, he can fly around the crease and close the door on one timers and be an effective manual goalie. Dominic Roussel: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 3 puck control, 3/3/2/2 save, Catches: L Every once in a while someone gets the bright idea that they can use Roussel in a time share in the GDL. I speak from personal experience here, don't be that guy with the bright idea. The only bright thing will be the red light behind Roussel.Goalie Rating: (7/10)The Final Word: While not an elite team, the Flyers can really cobble together a couple of very solid forward lines. Between the forward line, Soderstrom in net, and a conservative approach with the blue line, this team is quite the sleeper option. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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