Watching the NHL Playoffs since the Flyers have been eliminated has been hard. What's even harder to watch is the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup. The past two seasons have not gone as planned for the Flyers or fans, but there is certainly hope. While winning right now is what everyone wants, this Flyers team is built to contend in the near future.
In 2012-2013 the Flyers missed the playoffs. In 2013-2014 they were eliminated after just one round. It might not seem like the Flyers have accomplished much lately, but they really have. The first area the team improved in over the past two seasons is experience. The Flyers have a rock solid core of young players such as Claude Giroux (26), Wayne Simmonds (25), Jakub Voracek (24), Brayden Schenn (22), Sean Couturier (21), Luke Schenn (24), and a few others. All of these players are still incredibly young and still aren't in their prime yet. They have shown that they can compete with the rest of the league, but the important fact is that they still have tons of room to grow.
The next major area the Flyers improved in was finally finding their goalie of the Future. As fans, we no longer have to wonder who will be in goal each night and no longer have to watch inconsistent goalie play. Steve Mason came in this year and surprised everyone. He finished the season with a .917 SV%, and 33 wins. Mason, who is only 26, played so well that he landed a new contract that will keep in Philadelphia for the next 3 seasons.
Sitting at home and watching the Playoffs without the Flyers is extremely frustrating. However, there is so much to look forward to when it comes to this Flyers team. They have a young core, and veteran pieces that will only help to continue mentoring them. The Flyers have so many young talented players who are only going to get better as time moves on, and they might be just one year away from putting it all together. In all likely hood, the Flyers are a few years away from becoming one of the best teams in the NHL. How long do you think it will take for the Flyers to be dominant? Check off your answer in the poll below.