For the Philadelphia Flyers, there are just 11 games remaining in this Lost Season. What can they accomplish from now until their final game April 29 against the visiting Ottawa Senators? What does the future look like?
Here are some random thoughts:
1. Keep playing the kids.
The Flyers have done a nice job incorporating Morgan Frost, Noah Cates, Owen Tippett, Cam York and Ronnie Attard into their lineup, giving them experience and finding out if they belong here next season.
Of that group, all but Attard look like they are ready to stay in the NHL for the 2022-23 season.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 8, 2022
2. While on the subject, am I the only one puzzled as to why Hayden Hodgson, who recently turned 26, was sent to the minors?
Don’t you want to see what he can do and if he fits into the future?
Move Patrick Brown from right wing back to center, play Hodgson as the fourth-line right winger, and bench 37-year-old center Nate Thompson.
3. Does Carter Hart’s play lately concern you?
The Flyers need to sign 6-foot-6 Russian goaltender Ivan Fedotov — they drafted him in 2015 and he has excelled in the KHL — and get him here to give Hart some competition next season.
Hart, 23, has the talent and is the No. 1 goalie until someone else proves otherwise, but from here, he needs somebody pushing him because he has