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After a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders to end the preseason fans are excited to see the Philadelphia Flyers play the San Jose Sharks, in San Jose, October 4th in the first game of the regular season.

After finishing with a 3-2-3 record in the 2017 preseason, 6th in the Metropolitan division in the 2016-2017 regular season, and 11th in the eastern conference the Flyers look to improve this season.

The Flyers had several big changes this offseason including the second pick in the June NHL draft. With the second overall pick the Flyers selected the 19 year-old Nolan Patrick. Patrick was a champion in the 2015-2016 WHL season and won several awards during his time. Some think that Patrick may help lead the Flyers to the playoffs for the team’s third time in six years if he is fully recovered from a June hernia surgery.

“I think that they will do good this season, but they need to play the young guys,” said Robert Kevin Ball.

Possibly the biggest change to the Flyers was the leaving of their goalie Steve Mason. Mason was with the Flyers since the 2012-2013 season but signed with the Winnipeg Jets this offseason. In losing Mason the Flyers signed Brian Elliott to a $5.5 million two-year contract. Elliott previously played for the Calgary Flames in 49 games and started in 45. During these games Elliot averaged 2.55 goals against and a total of 121 goals against.   

The Flyers also lost their alternate captain Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft. Bellemare who is 32 had 8 points and 4 goals last season. Bellemare was also one of only 5 Flyers players to play in all 82 games.

Though the Flyers seem to be a team that is rebuilding they still have several veterans. Captain Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and Jakub Voracek will all be returning this season, but if they fall short it could be devastating for the Flyers. Giroux, at 29 and in his prime, looks to improve this season after his worst statistical season since his first full season in the NHL. Though Giroux had a bad season many account this to an offseason hip surgery.

 

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