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ESPN Doesn’t Think Much Of Flyers Going Into Next Season

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Keith Jones
Flyers president of hockey operations Keith Jones.

The Flyers can expect some disrespect heading into next season from season previews, preseason polls and the like. Such is the life of a team that has missed the playoffs three consecutive seasons.

ESPN just published its way-too-early power rankings for next season. ESPN ranks the Flyers at No. 29. That ranking is in line with BetMGM’s odds for winning the Stanley Cup next season. The Flyers are tied with the Blackhawks, Coyotes and Sharks for the 27th-worst odds at +15000.

The Flyers’ final regular-season ranking, published April 7, was 26th. The final regular-season ranking for the Stanley Cup finalists was 5 for Vegas and 17 for Florida. Hmmm.

Here’s the Flyers analysis from ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski: “The Keith Jones and Danny Briere regime has already started to shake up the team’s roster.

“Expect names such as Carter Hart, Scott Laughton and Tony DeAngelo to be among those in the Flyers rumor mill as the makeover continues.”

ESPN Rankings:

  1. Vegas
  2. New Jersey
  3. Colorado
  4. Dallas
  5. Boston
  6. Carolina
  7. Edmonton
  8. Tampa Bay
  9. Florida
  10. New York Islanders
  11. Toronto
  12. New York Rangers
  13. Buffalo
  14. Minnesota
  15. Los Angeles
  16. Seattle
  17. Ottawa
  18. Calgary
  19. Detroit
  20. Nashville
  21. Pittsburgh
  22. Winnipeg
  23. Washington
  24. St. Louis
  25. Vancouver
  26. Montreal
  27. Columbus
  28. Chicago
  29. Flyers
  30. Arizona
  31. San Jose
  32. Anaheim

How we rank (from ESPN): A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors rates teams against one another, and those results are tabulated to produce the list featured here.

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