The Philadelphia Flyers are currently making a bit of a late-season push to get into the playoffs, but it may be too little, too late at this stage.
There are a number of contributing factors when looking at the Flyers stumbling out of the gate in this lockout-shortened season. Injuries have ravaged the team from the get-go, which has been detrimental to the roster.
The lockout itself, resulting in a brief training camp and no preseason, could have stunted the growth of some of the Flyers' younger players and limited cohesion and chemistry heading into the season.
But even though this season may be very close to lost, the aforementioned young players should give Philadelphia fans a lot of hope moving forward. They have arguably the best young nucleus of forwards in the league, with a couple of prospects still waiting in the wings.
Their defense is thin, with only two of the eight players on this list coming from the blue line, and only one of them is currently in the NHL ranks.
For the record, I used the age of 24 as my benchmark for this list. Older than that, and nobody is thinking future as much as present. This kept guys like Claude Giroux and Matt Read off of the list.