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Philadelphia Flyers: New Additions Making Paul Holmgren Look Good

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: Philippe Dupuis #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs hangs on to Jakub Voracek #9 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on September 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Maple Leafs defeated the Flyers 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Joe RussomannoCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2011

Only two preseason games into the 2011-12 NHL season, but the new additions to the Philadelphia Flyers aren't sitting back.

With all the heartbreaks and letdowns from blockbuster trades in this franchise's storied history, the controversy amongst fans has swirled all summer. Now that Flyers fans have had a chance to see their team in some semblance of action, they should be pleased with the new roster additions.

Brayden Schenn has closely resembled Mike Richards so far. He throws his body around, wins faceoffs and seems to always be in the mix making something happen. As of now, he is still to register a goal but does have one assist. If anything Brayden Schenn, has earned a spot as the Philadelphia Flyers third-line center this year.

Wayne Simmonds, another player acquired through the Mike Richards trade, has shown promise. Although he played in only one of the two games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Simmonds has shown he will be valuable this year. Aside from scoring a goal Tuesday night, he showed he's willing and able to be a force along the boards.

Jakub Voracek has one assist to his credit but showed something myself and others were worried he didn't have: a knack for physical play. Watching this guy the past two nights has me wondering: Did Columbus do this trade to make the hairstyling of their players better? This kid skates into and through players with the puck. He has great puck-handling and is a smooth skater to boot.

Look for someone in the Columbus Blue Jackets scouting department to get fired. Jakub Voracek has shown to fill in the blanks Jeff Carter had in his game. No wonder he has more points in his first three years than Carter did in his. Something tells me the Blue jackets are in for a rude awakening with "Sea Isle" Jeff.

Now after saying all that, I have to cross my fingers and hope it carries into the  regularseason. Even still, the preview—which is all preseason is—looks to solidify what I have felt all summer long. This team had weaknesses other than goaltender.

A deficiency in physical play should not be a problem this season. Furthermore, these new additions seem to play inspired even without captain Chris Pronger on the ice.

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