The topic: Where does James van Riemsdyk fit best in the Flyers' 2019-20 lineup?


Van Riemsdyk went through a pair of prolific scoring stretches last season.

From Jan. 10-28, he scored seven goals and nine points in six games.

From Feb. 23 to March 21, he scored 11 goals and 15 points in 13 games.

During those spans, the Flyers went a combined 13-5-1. And during those spans, van Riemsdyk played a ton on the first line and alongside Claude Giroux. In fact, of van Riemsdyk's 18 goals during those stretches, Giroux was on the ice for 14 of them.

JVR thrives with a playmaker that has the skill and smarts of Giroux. There's chemistry and they play well off each other, understanding the soft spots of the opposition's coverage.

Sean Couturier makes Giroux better. Giroux makes Couturier and van Riemsdyk better. Those three should make up the first line to open the 2019-20 season.


One of the best things about van Riemsdyk is that if you put him in a position where he has high-threatening scoring opportunities, odds are he's going to score.