It’s February and the Flyers are making everyone sad. So let’s talk about prospects! Twice a year, we do some inventory and take a stab at ranking every young player within the Flyers’ system, be they in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, juniors, Europe, or who-knows-where. We typically do a full, in-depth look at every player on the ranking during the offseason, and a brief catch-up mid-way through the season in which we look at five players per day. Here’s the final post from our ranking last offseason, with the full 25-to-1 list at the bottom of the article, and here’s the top-5 from our winter look last year.
We’re a bit more than mid-way through the season, but still, now is as good a time as any to see where everyone in the organization under the age of 25 still stands, and how their long-term fit with the Flyers has changed since hockey started back up in September.
Last time around, for the first time, we opened up the ballot to you, the readers, asking you to submit your list of the Flyers’ top 25 players under the age of 25. That was fun, so we’re going to open up the ballot to you all again.
So! Please use the form below, or at this link, to rank the 25 players in the organization under 25, based on their current value to the organization. How you choose to define that is up to you — NHL-readiness right now, long-term upside, trade value, etc. Some quick notes:
- Three players have been removed from the ballot since last summer. Mark Alt turned 25 back in October, as did Roman Lyubimov in January, while Petr Straka was traded to the Devils. Alt and Straka made the Top 25 in the last edition of the rankings, so we’ll have at least two new names in there this time around.
- Make sure to only pick any given player once; otherwise, we cannot guarantee that your ballot will be counted.
- We will be tallying all ballots on Friday, with the plan of running a post each day between Monday and Friday of next week. So if you wanted to participate, please submit your ranking by the end of the day on Thursday.
- Please do not submit any joke ballots, or else they will be thrown out and you’ll have wasted the time to have scrolled through an entire Google form and clicked through 25 dropdown boxes for nothing. (And yes, we reserve the right to decide what is and is not a joke ballot. We’ll grant a lot of leeway for reasonable difference of opinion, but, like, don’t go rank 2013 7th-round pick David Drake first overall, y’know?)
- Finally, please only submit one ballot.
- WAIT ONE MORE THING: We put a free-response box at the bottom of the form, just for fun. It is optional and does not need to be filled out to submit your ballot, but if you do put anything insightful or funny there, we may post it on here after all is said and done. So, write words at your own peril.
When all is said and done, all of the community ballots will be combined and scored, and the end result will count as one ballot in the final vote next to each of our writers’ ballots. If you have any questions, please drop them in the comments, or send them to me via Twitter or email (email@example.com). Enjoy!