Subjective 2015-2016 Pre-Season Review of the Flyers Defense

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This was written for The Broad Street Bully, a blog and podcast my friend Drew and I started based off of our mutual interest in the Philadelphia Flyers. See it on]

I went on the Flyers website and used the roster section to get a list of the defenseman currently on the team. Then, I pasted that list here and provided my subjective commentary on each Flyers signing.

My disclaimer: These are all my personal opinions. Please don’t take them for fact.  Also, please don’t think they’ll be helpful.  As a rule of thumb, I realize I’m not good enough to play at the NHL level. As such, everything I say should be mostly ignored.  Arm chair quarterbacking is way easier when you don’t have to actually play at the NHL level.

With that out of the way, here’s my rundown of the Flyers defenseman:

Michael Del Zotto

Fresh off a contract extension, Del Zotto will be starting the Flyers top 6 somewhere. He’s also probably going to score goals. This is good news for Steve Mason, who won’t have to deal with losing so many games 1-0 this season.

Davis Drewiske

I didn’t even realize he was on the Flyers. Wikipedia tells me he signed a 1 year, 2 way deal. Hello, top Phantoms defenseman? Second pairing? Flyers call up when Macdonald inevitably gets hurt? Check.

Shayne Gostisbehere

Shayne’s Gots-ta-be-here, you know what I’m saying? He probably won’t make the Flyers out of camp. He could use some more defensive seasoning, anyway. Let’s not rush him and then have him reinjure himself and then he loses all value.

Radko Gudas

He’s cheap, responsible defensively, and can hit. Or at least all the scouting reports say so. He’s on a one way deal so look for him to be somewhere in the top six of Flyers defenseman. Rumor has it you’ll gain extra testosterone by looking at his beard. Get ready for Movember!

Robert Hagg

Just take what I wrote about Gotisbehere and cut out the injury parts. Then add in that I would like his nickname to be “SeaHagg” and that someone paints him a picture of an ugly mermaid wearing a Flyers jersey.

Andrew Macdonald

What could I say about Andrew Macdonald that hasn’t already been said about traffic cones? He’s going to play. The Flyers don’t really have a choice. They’re paying him entirely too much money. If he stays healthy, he can block shots. So that’s a bonus, I guess.

Brandon Manning

You get some injuries and Manning might get a call up. You don’t want to rush the other rookies and Manning’s at a point now where the Flyers need to know what they’re going to get for him in a trade.

Yevgeni Medvedev

He’s going to be a top 4 this year, probably. He’s also most likely to win “Most Misspelled Name on a Flyers Jersey”.

Samuel Morin

No rush. No rushin’. He’s not Medvedev, amirite?

Travis Sanheim

This is like Samuel Morin’s review except without the awful pun.

Luke Schenn

Luke Schenn is one of the better defenseman on the Flyers right now. I’m not psyched about that sentence either.

Nick Schultz

Nick Schultz was surprisingly good addition last year for a guy who signed a late deal with the Flyers and wasn’t supposed to play a big role. I think he gets some decent playing time.

Mark Streit

Mark Streit shoots on the powerplay. This is a plus. You can also say things like “He’s a real Streit shooter”. I’m glad he’s one of the Flyers top defenseman, if only for that reason.

Ivan Provorov

I’d be excited to see him make the Flyers out of camp. I won’t be excited when everyone turns on him after 20 games because they think he stinks. There’s no need to rush him. I don’t think that Stanley Cup is coming this year. Sorry, everyone.

Maxim Lamarche, Christian Marti, and Jesper Pettersson

I didn’t play NHL last year because the Xbox One version was hot trash, wrapped in a baby diaper, smeared with Indian food, and then lit of fire with burnt hair as the kindling.  I have no idea about their ratings, what their trade value is, or a lot about them in general.  I have no strong opinions on any of these three.

I’m sorry you had to read all that.  Check back tomorrow, as I plan to do the same thing with the Flyers forwards.

And maybe the goalies since there are only three.

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