Flyer season preview: Tortorella set to change culture and operation

The 2022-23 NHL season begins October 7. With training camps open, takes a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the expected lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers.

Fitness Trainer: John Tortorella (season 1)

Last season: 25-46-11, eighth in the division of the capital; Did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

3 keys

1. Work with Tortorella

John Tortorella, who was appointed as coach on June 17, said one of his main focus during training camp will be setting standards on and off the ice, and helping create a culture of accountability among players who have missed out on the past few seasons. And the message to the players has become very clear. “I don’t convince them,” Tortorella said. “I’ll tell them what we’re looking for, we’re going to push that level, and if some guys aren’t willing to get there, or maybe there’s some stubbornness in getting there, we’ll look for someone else.”

2. Better defensive structure

Pilots will implement a tighter defensive structure under Tortorella. Last season, they allowed 3.59 goals per game, sixth in the NHL, and 34.0 shots on target per game, ranking fourth. During Tortorella’s five full seasons as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets (2016-17 to 2020-21), Columbus allowed 2.73 goals per game, the sixth lowest in the National Hockey League, 30.6 shots on target per game, and tied With the Montreal Canadiens. Twelfth issue.

3. Activate the power play

Tony D’Angelo Acquired in a trade with Carolina Hurricanes on July 8 to upgrade the Flyers’ last NHL power game by 12.6 percent last season. DeAngelo led Hurricanes defensemen last season with 20 Strengths, and his ability to move sideways along the Blue Line and get shots from the point would provide more opportunities on the net for rebounds. take Kevin Hayes A healthy (belly) should help, too.

Video: BOS @ CAR, Gm5: DeAngelo scores a PPG in the first round

Roster Rondon

making the cut

There is hope that at least one of the Flyers’ young strikers has snatched the ninth place. Owen Tibet Seven points (four goals, three assists) and 53 shots on target in 21 games after being acquired by the Florida Panthers as part of the Claude Giroud trade and Noah Keats Impressed in 16 matches after signing his entry contract on March 27. But they will probably be pushed through the bootcamp by Allison Valleywho has a dynamic scoring touch when he’s healthy, Isaac Ratcliffe The 2020 first round selection (No. 23) Tyson Forrester .

The most interesting addition

DeAngelo has been acquired to give the game of power a much-needed spark, and Tortorella said he’s also excited about the potential spark DeAngelo could provide from ice. “I think that’s what this team needs,” he said. “I think the team needs a little bit of personality and a little bit of that (things) that goes with it.”

The biggest possible surprise

Forster missed most of last season after surgery for a dislocated shoulder, but he did full training and played high-intensity matches for Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships, giving him some head start to get into the training camp. Flyers will be looking for an offensive boost, and Forster’s shot is his best shot. If his skiing improves enough, he could secure a place on the list with a solid boot camp.

ready to hack

Allison has the size (6ft-2,205lb), the skill and the shot needed to be a force forward in the NHL. All he has to do is stay healthy. Last season he sprained his ankle during a junior game before starting training camp, injured his elbow when he came back three months later, and then in one of his NHL games he injured ligaments in his knee. Since being selected by the Flyers in the second round (#52) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Alisson has lost valuable development time due to a series of injuries, including a ruptured ACL that took nearly two years to heal properly. But if Allison is healthy, she has the ability to save secondary points and activate the power game.

sleeping fantasy

Ivan ProvorovD (imaginary average draft position: 163.6) – A potential beneficiary of the Flyers’ employment of Tortorella, he has a chance of regaining his former fantasy form if he gets more support around him in a more organized system. Provorov, who had the highest level in goals in the National Hockey League (17; tied for top spot in the NHL among defenders), points (41) and shots on target (203) in 2017-18, could also benefit from DeAngelo’s addition and should be considered a sleepy fantasy deep. – Pete Jensen

Expected line

James Van Rimsdijk – Kevin Hayes – Cam Atkinson

Allison Wade – Scott LawtonTravis Konechnie

Noah Keats – Morgan Frost – Owen Tibet

Nicolas DesloriersTaner LazinskiZack McQueen

Ivan Provorov – Tony D’Angelo

Travis SanheimRasmus Restollinen

cam yorkJustin Brown

Carter Hart

Troy Grosnick

The injured: Ryan Ellis (Back), Joel Farabi (upper body) Sean Couturier (upper body)

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