One of the items on the Flyers' wishlist this season after losing Jaromir Jagr in free agency was for an increase in scoring from their younger players. Players like the 23-year-old Jakub Voracek, who scored a career-high 18 goals last season in his first year as a Flyer. As of Sunday, Voracek was tied with Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg for seventh in NHL scoring, with 22 points in as many games. “I didn't even know,” said the Czech winger. “Point-wise, everything's going in and it's a good thing.” Actually, it’s better than good. It’s great. If you analyze Voracek’s last 46 games, including playoffs, starting with the Flyers' win over Detroit last season on Mark Howe Night – he has 47 points, making him a point-a-game player (see sidebar). And if you prorate his numbers right now, he would score 28 goals on an 82-game schedule. Without question, Voracek has given the Flyers a lift in late February with 12 points over his past five games. “In my opinion, I'm always at the same level,” Voracek said. “The way I'm thinking, I'm not playing well, I'm not getting low on myself. If I'm playing good, I'm not getting too high.” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has moved him to Claude Giroux’s line the last four games. The move has paid off in the form of four goals. “Skating is a key to his success,” Laviolette said. “He’s a talented guy. When he uses his speed and quickness, he is able to generate a lot of offense. Since he’s been here, he’s gotten the opportunity to move the puck around with some decent players. “And get on a first power-play unit and handle the puck a lot in situations where he deserves to be. There is an experience and process where you mature through time in the National Hockey League.
Red-hot Voracek piling up points for Flyers
CSN Philly | Feb 25