(picture via philly.com)
The play of Michael Raffl has been a surprising revelation for most Flyers fans so far this season. Entering the year as an unproven undrafted free agent who played in the second level of Swedish pro hockey last year, not much was expected from him. The Flyers, however, saw things differently than the fan base and gave him Simon Gagne’s #12 and he stayed with the team for much of training camp (likely at the expense of Gagne’s potential roster spot). Through 46 games, Raffl has recorded 7 goals and 11 assists while playing in nearly every situation imaginable. He jump-started Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek on the top line for a while and didn’t look out of place while doing so. He’s currently stabilizing the fourth line with Zac Rinaldo and Adam Hall. He’s also had stints on the second and third lines, and currently leads the Flyers in points per 60 minutes at even strength despite all the changes.