The Philadelphia Flyers will likely be turning to 23-year-old Jakub Voracek to fill the void in Philly's first line left by living NHL legend Jaromir Jagr. Unfortunately, Voracek may leave Philly poster boy Claude Giroux hanging out to dry on offense.
Jagr's role in Philadelphia was crucial. He was a mentor to many young Flyer forwards and he was a reliable and insightful player to have on the first line for the majority of the season.
Admittedly, Jagr's production plummeted after he suffered an injury during the 2011 Winter Classic, and he never returned to form.
Still, Voracek on the top line is a downgrade from even an aging Jaromir Jagr.
Voracek fell just short of the 50-point mark, which Jagr surpassed (he had 54 points, despite having less ice time).
Voracek should make a speedy addition to the Flyers first line. While speed is a great thing to have on the wing, Voracek's four years of experience leaves room for worry. He is unlikely to match the consistent and intelligent offense of Jagr, and this inability to step up to the plate will likely hinder the performances of Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux.
Here are three reasons why Voracek will not be the same without the Czech legend.