Amidst the flurry of unloaded players, the Flyers have added just as many adequate replacements.
Wayne Simmonds produced 40 points in the 2009-2010 season before dropping to 30 in this past season in what Simmonds called "a down year" in an NHL.com interview.
Also acquired from Los Angeles is hockey's No. 1 rated prospect, Brayden Schenn.
Schenn was impressive at the Flyers' prospect camp, scoring a hat trick during the scrimmage. Figuring out how his skills will translate to the NHL is an uncertain task.
During the 2009-2010 WHL season, Schenn totaled 99 points in 59 games. That same season, Jordan Eberle played in 57 games and logged 106 points. This past season, Eberle played in 69 NHL games and scored 43 points.
Schenn could very well be a 40-point player this season.
The Flyers have seven returning forwards next season (Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, Jody Shelley, Blair Betts, Andreas Nodl). The remaining five spots have been replaced with new teammates.
Here is a look at the players gone and their replacements.
|Former Player ||2010-2011 Point Total ||Replacement ||Expected 2011-2012 Point Total
|Jeff Carter ||66 ||Jaromir Jagr ||40-55
|Mike Richards ||66 ||Jakub Voracek ||40-55
|Ville Leino ||53 ||Wayne Simmonds ||35-50
|Kris Versteeg ||33* ||Brayden Schenn ||30-45
|Darroll Powe ||17 ||Maxime Talbot ||15-25
*Versteeg's total was computed by multiplying his point-per-game total in Philadelphia over 82 games.
Though the offensive production will likely see a decrease, to say the depth is gone would be dishonest.
The 2011-2012 Philadelphia Flyers are still capable of scoring 230 or more goals as a team.