The Philadelphia Flyers had to be a bit concerned last season as their newly signed big contract player, Jakub Voracek struggled. Voracek wound up with 55 points in 73 games after becoming an All-Star in 2014 with 81 points. To say he had a down year would be an understatement. But everything has changed for Voracek and the Flyers in 2016.
The Flyers got off to a slow start to begin the new season but as Voracek decided to put last season’s failures behind him, both he and the team took flight. The Flyers are 31 games into the 2016-17 campaign and they are now sitting in 5th place in the NHL with an 18-10 record with three overtime losses.
The Flyers are not only hot, currently on a 9-game winning streak but Voracek is smoking as well with 15 points in the current streak. In back-to-back games, he tallied four points each, both victories against the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars. Voracek is leading and the Flyers are following. He’s not a household name like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin but when glancing at the points leaders he’s hanging tough.
One of the main reason for the Flyers surge has been their Power Play. Not too many teams can say they have that weapon at their disposal. Voracek is a beast on PPs. He’s tied for 3rd in the NHL with 13 PP points and 2nd in shots on goal with 110. He’s doing what a leader is supposed to do, and what was expected of him last year.
Maybe it was the pressure of living up to a huge contract that had him lose focus last season but whatever the issue was it’s been resolved. Jake is sure to make another appearance in the NHL All-Star game in January but his biggest goal is to lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals. Players want recognition but elite players want to win.
Voracek has taken that step this season. Now it’s time for others to take notice.