Philadelphia Flyers: Top in-House Candidates to Step Up on Defense

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Philadelphia Flyers: Top in-House Candidates to Step Up on Defense
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The Philadelphia Flyers defense is now in need of some serious help.

Earlier this offseason the Flyers seemed poised to become the best defense in the NHL.

Andrej Meszaros was recovered from injury, Luke Schenn had been acquired via trade, and superstar Shea Weber was hours away from being a Flyer.

Once Nashville matched the offer sheet for Shea Weber and denied him from being a Flyer reality began to sink in.

Kimmo Timonen, although a great defenseman, is getting old. Matt Carle has left via free agency. 

Add that to the latest rash of injuries that sidelined the aforementioned Meszaros and depth defenseman Andreas Lilja, and all of a sudden the Flyers defense looks pretty weak. 

If the Flyers hope to change that perception they're going to need a defenseman already in the system to step up, in addition to the guys already at the NHL level playing very well.

The guys on these slides are mostly unproven at the NHL level, but they're the best hope the Flyers have of developing some impact defensemen this season. 

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