Summer Skate: Philadelphia Flyers

After forgettable Philly debut, better days ahead for Bryzgalov

Updated: September 17, 2012, 11:24 AM ET
By Timo Seppa and Craig Custance |
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Ilya Bryzgalov Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesIlya Bryzgalov figures to rebound from a dismal first season in Philly.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Philadelphia Flyers. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers could easily have taken a huge step backward in 2011-12 given the departure of franchise cornerstones Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, a career-threatening concussion to captain Chris Pronger and an unbelievably bad first half of the season by big-money signee Ilya Bryzgalov. Instead, Philadelphia got excellent contributions from pickups Jakub Voracek, Maxime Talbot and Jaromir Jagr and fantastic debut campaigns from youngsters Matt Read and Sean Couturier. For good measure, the Flyers were able to oust archrival Pittsburgh -- arguably the Cup favorites -- from the playoffs in a wild and woolly six-game series.

Trending up: G Ilya Bryzgalov
Last season: 0.6 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 2.9 GVT