Fantasy Grapevine - Week 2
October, 9, 2013
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN Insider
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty ImagesWhat changes can fantasy owners expect with Craig Berube in charge in Philadelphia?A solid coaching debut for Craig Berube, all things considered. The Philadelphia Flyers earned their first victory of the season -- a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers -- in Berube’s inaugural game as replacement for the recently fired Peter Laviolette. And it didn’t take long for the former enforcer they call “Chief” to exert his own influence on the squad, starting with the lineup.
After Berube's shuffle, Wayne Simmonds ended up on a line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, resulting in Jakub Voracek skating alongside centers Vincent Lecavalier and Brayden Schenn (the third forward line consisted of Sean Couturier, Maxime Talbot and Matt Read). Once Giroux gets going -- an inevitability -- Simmonds, in particular, should benefit in the production department. As long as Berube sticks with this current mixture, of course.
On the blue line, Berube opted to pair Kimmo Timonen and Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn and Nicklas Grossmann, and Mark Streit with Andrej Meszaros. Choosing to spread power-play minutes fairly evenly among Timonen, Streit and Meszaros, the Flyers’ new head coach didn't demonstrate any particular affection for one puck-moving defenseman over another.