Update: The entry form is now closed. Thanks to all who participated! Original post below.
We have reached the deadest part of the hockey offseason, and we’re unlikely to get much in the way of real news between now and Labor Day pertaining to our favorite hockey team. So let’s talk about the future.
Long-time readers of the site will be familiar with our Flyers Top 25 Under 25 series, in which we rank every player under organizational control under the age of 25 based on their value to the organization. We do a brief version during the season (here’s the final post from our version of that this past winter) and a fuller, more in-depth version during the offseason. With August near, it’s time for us to get ready for the summer version.
Last year, for the first time, we opened up one spot on the voters’ panel to you, the people. We’re going to do that again this time around, so if you’d like to see your opinion help decide the final rankings, here’s your chance.
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:
- Five players have been removed from the ballot that was sent out last winter. Nick Cousins and Merrick Madsen were traded to Arizona, Jesper Pettersson and Samuel Dove-McFalls were not retained by the team, and Jordan Weal had his 25th birthday.
- Meanwhile, 11 players have been added to the ballot from February: the nine members of the 2017 NHL Draft class (a group headlined, of course, by Nolan Patrick), as well as college free agent Mike Vecchione and Michigan forward Brendan Warren (acquired via Arizona).
- Please only submit one ballot.
- Make sure to only pick any given player once; otherwise, we cannot guarantee that your ballot will be counted.
- 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. We reserve the right to decide what is and is not a joke ballot — reasonable difference in opinion is fine, but we will know a ballot that wasn’t taken seriously when we see it.
- Please submit your ranking by the end of the day (11:59 p.m. ET) next Thursday, July 27.
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!