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The Flyers have much more to offer up front than simply their top line. Teams need to or else they won't go too far.
Fortunately for Philly, they have Scott Hartnell, Daniel Briere and Wayne Simmonds.
Hartnell, the former sixth-overall draft pick in 2000, is one of the game's top power forwards. Expect to get at least 20 goals and 50 points out of Hartnell this season, not to mention around 140 penalty minutes, proving he invaluably does it all.
Briere makes for a dynamic No. 2 center behind Claude Giroux. A consistent producer, he is coming of a 34-goal, 68-point season in 77 games for Philadelphia. Those numbers have all the makings of a first-line center, which Briere certainly could be; Philly is fortunate enough to have that great depth.
Wayne Simmonds is a hard-working guy who has yet to crack 20 goals, but he did post 40 points in 78 games for Los Angeles in 2009-10. Those are numbers from a guy mainly serving in a forechecking role, too. Playing with a great hockey mind like Briere and a hard-nosed Hartnell who will ensure he's the first to come out of the corner with the puck, Simmonds should see his production increase this season.
Despite a big offseason shakeup, the Flyers have all the tools to make a magical run again this season in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.