2009-2010 - 7th Seed in the East - Stanley Cup Final Appearance
2010-2011 2nd Seed in the East - Conference Semi Finals Appearence
2011-2012 Season - 5th Seed in the East - Conference Semi-Finals Appearance
2012-2013 Finished 10th in the East - No Playoff Appearence
2013-2014 - Currently Dead Last in both the League Standings and the "Eastern Conference"
***Obligatory Small Sample Size Warning***
If anyone is unfamiliar without how to read Hockey Abstract's Player Usage Charts, here's the gist of it.
The circles represent Corsi, basically how your team performs with shots for and against with you on the ice.
A big blue circle is usually good. It means your team usually has the puck and out shoots the opponent with you on the ice.
A big orange circle is usually bad. It means your team usually doesn't have the puck, and its getting out shot with you on the ice.
- Y-Axis represents Quality of Competition. The higher a player's placement, the tougher the competition he takes on
- X-Axis represents Zone Starts. Far left placement indicates highly defensive usage. Far right placement indicates highly offensive usage.
So the reason I put this together is to show how striking the change was in 2012-2013 when the Flyers took a team-wide nosedive into deep orange. Its a great way to quickly get a handle on each individual players overall performance and also look at team wide changes. If you struggle with conceptualizing advanced stats, hopefully this helps
The 2013-2014 sample is obviously extremely small, but you can see why the Flyers felt they needed to make a coaching change. You'll also notice some year to year changes in how Lavy was deploying his players and some standout performances from certain guys. (Mike Richards and Chris Pronger in 09-10, holy shit those guys were good).
All credit goes to Hockey Abstract for their awesome charts http://www.hockeyabstract.com/playerusagecharts