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.
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.
The Flyers held a slew of picks heading into the 2017 NHL draft, then struck it rich moving all the way up from an almost certain number 13 pick to 2. In a draft where many experts have said depth isn’t great, it was a propitious turn of events for Ron Hextall and company.
One of the perks of working for the Portland Sea Dogs is that I can go to games when I’m free. With Reading in for a weekend, I decided to make some free time so I could look at some of the guys that may be playing at Citizen’s Bank Park in the coming years.
“The Flyers were looking to trade Giroux at the deadline.”
Someone I know told me recently. I admit, I was a little surprised, but then I realized, yeah, it makes sense.
Some people just rolled their eyes and stopped reading this article. Some are thinking “Giroux sucks, get rid of him,” while others are wondering why I’m even bringing this up. Well, should they?
Saturday night, the Flyers had their biggest win of their 50th season. They won the second pick in the upcoming draft.
There’s still a few days left in the first month of baseball, but as the team gets ready for their series with the Dodgers, it’s already clear which player has been the team’s star player.