Right wingers Wayne Simmonds, Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot all happen to play right wing in a side of the depth chart that Jakub Voracek should be in for the coming season. This completes the transformation of the position after Versteeg, Leino and Zherdev have all departed.
As crazy as this may sound, I think that Jakub Voracek, who arrived a little more quietly than Jagr, Simmonds or Talbot, may outscore the rest of his teammates.
Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek have identical goal totals in their first three seasons as follows:
2008-2009: 9 goals
2009-2010: 16 goals
2010-2011: 25 goals
Now add the fact that Simmonds averages 18 assists a year and Voracek averages just under 32 assists, and you will see that Voracek is really a more reliable scorer than Simmonds is.
Simmonds is better known because of his time with the Kings, so some people probably assumed he was a better pick-up. I disagree, and I think that he benefited from a better supporting cast in Los Angeles than Voracek did in Columbus.
Although Talbot is well known, I really doubt that he will be able to keep pace with any of the other three right wingers. His highest point total in Pittsburgh was 26, and though he may have missed some missed games, he had plenty of opportunities to contribute at a better rate.
That brings us to Jagr, who I think will probably start on the top line because he is a legend who has 646 goals and 1,599 points in his career. In his last NHL season, 2007-2008, he had 25 goals for the New York Rangers.
I personally think that Jagr will score 20 goals, but I think Voracek could score 25 for the Flyers next season. Voracek will throw in 30 to 35 assists for a 60-point year, while Jagr is more of a 50- to 55-point player.
Maybe Jagr's track record should speak for itself, but for next year, I think that he will need a period of adjustment while Voracek is ready for a breakout season in which he will be more consistent.
A better supporting cast should help him to outscore his fellow right wingers.
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