The Philadelphia Flyers have some of the best young talent in the league. When they dismantled the core of the roster, they got a ton of young talent in return. While it takes a serious set of stones to trade away your captain and top sniper, Paul Holmgren looked like a pretty smart guy with the way the season played out.
Mike Richards and Jeff Carter could do the ultimate scoreboard move by flashing their Stanley Cup rings the next time they are in Philly, but the Flyers will be just fine. The jewel that Holmgren received from trading Carter to Columbus ended up being Jakub Voracek.
The ginger-haired Czech just celebrated his 23rd birthday this August, and seemed to mesh well with his look-a-like center Claude Giroux. Voracek lit the lamp a career high 18 times last season. While that is hardly a number to plan your next Stanley Cup parade for, Voracek’s aggressive play and nose for the goal gave Flyer fans a lot to look forward to.
Whether or not Voracek ends up on the top line with Giroux and Scotty Hartnell remains to be seen, but an all-ginger line could be impressive. Simply the presence of three forwards with orange/red tresses could strike fear into the hearts of lessor opponents.
Voracek is surely happy to be in the Flyer orange. Not only does it match his hair, the Flyers are perennial contenders , while his former employer Columbus are typically doormats. The opportunity to play on a line with Giroux, Hartnell, Danny Briere or Wayne Simmonds far exceeds the talent played with as a Blue Jacket.
Look for a break out season from Voracek as he has the opportunity to really develop with one of the league’s premier players in Giroux. His shot totals have increased each year and the chemistry with familiar line mates will help immensely.
He may not contend for the Art Ross, but don’t be surprised to see his name show up in the top 30 in the NHL. With his size and speed, Jakub Voracek has potential to be a 30-goal, 75-point producing wing.