In years past, July 1 was like a mini Christmas for the hockey world. Free agency brought out big contracts, massive payouts and exciting new names in new cities and jerseys. In recent years, free agency, especially for the Flyers, hasn’t been as exciting, and 2017 was no different.
There’s a lot to dive into here. Free agency starts in a couple of days, but both the Expansion Draft and Entry Draft happened the last couple of days. We’ll start with the who Vegas took from the Flyers and move on to who Philly added.
I had planned to do a piece outlining the most likely outcomes of the Sixers draft…but then this weekend happened. In case you live under a rock or Al Gore revoked your internet privileges, the Philadelphia 76ers made a big move to secure the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. I’ll have draft profiles and scouting reports for all of the Sixers selections in the coming weeks.
Let’s all celebrate the big news by listening to the greatest song ever recorded while you read through my predicted selections that will more than likely be incorrect! CLAP YOUR HANDS!
If you turn on Philly sports radio, you’ll hear some version of a common discussion that’s permeated pretty much every show from Angelo Cataldi to Mike Missanelli.
“The Phillies suck and need to call up [insert minor leaguer here].”
It’s an intriguing notion, but one that I wholeheartedly disagree with. Continue reading
This morning, the NHL released the protection lists each team submitted ahead of the expansion draft. So in a completely useless exercise, I’m going to break down which player on the Flyers roster is most likely heading to Vegas.
As we approach next Thursday’s NBA Draft, here is a look at my ranking of the top 50 players in the draft. As of 6/15, all international players listed have remained in the draft pool. Please keep in mind that this NOT a Sixers-centric draft board, but an overall look at the prospects from an unbiased view of the league. Player comparisons are not best-case or worst-case, but a player who in my opinion represents a fair projection of their abilities within a few seasons.
To download a copy of the rankings, click here
After a decent April, I–and I’m sure many other–Phillies fans thought, “hey, maybe this year won’t be terrible.” Then May happened and I laughed at how foolish my hopes had been.
The month of May resulted in a ghastly 6-22 record with few bright spots. The only two people that shined at all were two of the younger players on the team–Tommy Joseph and Aaron Altherr.
When I first went to write this, Tommy was going to be my pick for the month’s MVP. He was slightly outperforming Altherr, but number 23 didn’t fall off the way Joseph did, so he gets the nod.
In the month of May, while the Phillies struggled, hitting just .230 and scoring just 99 runs in 28 games (3.53/game), Altherr was a force to be reckoned with. He hit .300 in 28 games while knocking in 22 runs. He had 14 extra base hits, including six long balls, coupled with a .402 on-base percentage.
This compares to a .299 average on the season with eight home runs and 28 RBI. That means the majority his production came in the second month of the season.
Joseph similarly hit .300 in May, but only knocked in 17 and going deep once more, hitting seven home runs. The big difference why I chose the six-foot-five outfielder instead though–he was consistent. Joseph set a torrid pace in the middle of the month, but the last seven days, his average dropped to .200.
I didn’t catch a lot of games, but the ones I did, Altherr was strong in all facets. He hits the ball hard, he can play defense and he’s smart.
The Phillies had the first day of June off. We’ll see if Altherr keeps this pace up or, like the team, rockets back to Earth.