Last week we asked you to vote in our All-Star break/mid-season awards, and you delivered! You voted in seven different categories, and awarded five different players. Ahead of the Flyers’ return to action this evening, let’s take a look at the final results.
MVP — Sean Couturier (49.9%)
Runner Up: Travis Konecny (33.2%)
In what quickly turned into a two-man race, Sean Couturier was voted as the team’s most valuable player. The Flyers’ star center is in the midst of yet another strong season, and is on pace for his third straight 70+ point season. His excellent two-way game has made him one of the league’s best players, and maybe, just maybe, this is the year that he wins the Selke.
My vote: Sean Couturier
Best Forward — Travis Konecny (57.4%)
Runner Up: Sean Couturier (35.3%)
I’m not here to argue with the results, but I am a bit surprised that the forward who won team MVP didn’t also win best forward. That being said, NHL All-Star Travis Konecny is certainly a deserving choice. At just 22, Konecny has been the team’s most productive player this season and has shown great growth.
If the Flyers go on to make the playoffs, Konecny’s offensive output will be a big reason why.
My vote: Sean Couturier
Best Defenseman — Ivan Provorov (77.6%)
Runner Up: Matt Niskanen (15.8%)
This vote wasn’t even close. After a disappointing season a year ago, Ivan Provorov has rebounded, and is playing the best hockey of his young career. He’s averaging just under 25 minutes a game, as he and Matt Niskanen have formed a formidable top defensive pair. His shot impacts at five-on-five are finally positive, and he’s been the most common member of the much-improved penalty kill.
My vote: Ivan Provorov
Most Exciting Rookie — Joel Farabee (53.6%)
Runner Up: Philippe Myers (23.5%)
Joel Farabee got the call to Philadelphia after just four AHL games, and has been with the team ever since. The 14th overall pick just two seasons ago, Farabee has scored at a 30-point pace while rarely playing with the same two forwards. He’s seen time on both special teams units, and has gained the trust of his coaches to the point that they don’t see his situation as “top-six or bust.” Skill players on the fourth line, what a concept!
He turns 20 next month, and is already a proven NHLer. That’s exciting.
My vote: Joel Farabee
Most Improved — Travis Konecny (33.6%)
Runner Up: Oskar Lindblom (14.1%)
His second of three mid-season awards, Konecny was voted as the Flyers’ most improved player. He’s on pace to smash his previous career highs in both goals and points, and has improved his all-around game. He’s managed to become even more creative than before, while also making far fewer unforced turnovers. We’re watching him have that “next step” season, and it can only leave you more excited for his future here.
My vote: Travis Konecny
Grittiest — Scott Laughton (22.8%)
Runner Up: Travis Konecny (22.4%)
Following a one year return to the AHL, Scott Laughton has become a staple in the Flyers lineup over the last three years. As a center or on the wing, Laughton has become a plus bottom-sixer and a very good penalty killer. He tenacity on the forecheck and willingness to put his body on the line, whether it be by blocking a shot or throwing a hit, has him taking the vote for grittiest player.
My vote: Tyler Pitlick
Fan Favorite — Travis Konecny (20.2%)
Runner up: Claude Giroux (17.9%)
What’s not to love about Konecny? He brings everything to the table; speed, skill, feistiness, and amazing soundbites. It’s no surprise that Konecny has quickly climbed the ranks and has become a fan favorite here in Philadelphia. Eat up, bud.