Originally Posted by bigbluecolt93
Are you out of your mind? You really think the likes of Lilja, Schenn, Grossman, or whatever garbage third pairing defensemen the flyers are gonna throw into the rotation is an improvement over Carle or Kubina? Maybe Kubina, but it's gonna be a rough year watching the Flyers D this year. Mez is still injured too. A lot will bank on Schenn finally stepping up this year, but it's hard to ignore the fact that he was sometimes a healthy scratch on the leafs last year...
Lilja won't even be playing. If Lavvy has any sense, he'll be a healthy scratch. Carle wasn't as bad as Kubina or Lilja, true, but he was still a handicap anytime he was on the ice. Mez isn't injured anymore, he was supposed to be back playing in December sometime. Our defense is as follows:
Top 4 = Grossmann, Timonen, Meszaros, Coburn
Bottom 2, any combo of = L. Schenn, Gustafsson, Gervais, Lauridsen, Bourdon, Manning.
Mind you, L. Schenn had over 260 hits last year, more than almost anyone in the league, and by watching our defense and how the big players like Coburn and Grossmann refused to play physical, this would be a pivotal piece to the starting puzzle. My bets would be L. Schenn and Gustafsson for the bottom two. We are NOT lacking defensive propects either for the future to replace Timonen, and that's not even listing that Shayne Gostisbehere from the WJC.