The 2012-13 NHL season is currently in jeopardy, but as negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA drag on, players have a responsibility to stay in shape and be mentally prepared for the season when (if) it does begin.
For the Philadelphia Flyers, the hypothetical season looks very promising. Claude Giroux has taken over a potent offense, Scott Hartnell has proven he can do more than trash talk, and the team’s young corps of players got off to a brilliant start in 2011-12.
However, certain players will find that 2012-13 is destined to be a pivotal year in their careers. Some are skating on metaphorical thin ice, others have contract negotiations looming, and still others are being called upon to make leaps forward in their development.
Here are eight players who will need to step up big in 2012-13 for the sake of the Flyers and the sake of their own careers.