The Philadelphia Flyers explained a few absences from practice today, but the most significant one was easily Travis Konecny. The young forward will be out indefinitely with a concussion, likely suffered on the huge hit he took from Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki over the weekend.
Losing Konecny is a huge blow to the Flyers’ offensive attack, given the new level he seemed to have found this season. The 22-year old forward has 11 goals and 28 points in 30 games, leading Philadelphia in both categories for the season. That offense was achieved at both even-strength and on the powerplay, spots where someone else will have to step up in his absence.
The Flyers have actually been a pleasant surprise this season in the Metropolitan Division, currently sitting in third place with a 17-8-5 record. Though it will be tough to hold off the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes without their best offensive piece, Philadelphia’s future looks extremely bright. Not only is Konecny still a very young player, but new teammates like Joel Farabee and Morgan Frost look like they will be contributors for a long time.