Travis Konechny’s message to Flyers fans: ‘Be patient, we’re coming’

For the previous three seasons, Travis Konecny ​​has been according to the Staff Flyers sport.

That is no accident.

In some ways, a go-go winger is a profitable participant or breakout within the Flyers.

Konecny ​​was requested about fan frustration that the Flyers’ previous two years have fallen nicely wanting expectations. After a disappointing 2020-21 marketing campaign, the Flyers faltered badly this season by ending 25-46-11. They missed the playoffs in consecutive years for the primary time since 1992-93 and 1993-94.

In the meantime, Konecny ​​hasn’t been the identical constant goalscorer he was on his all-star breakout in 2019-20.

What’s his message to annoyed followers about the potential for issues altering shortly?

“I believe it is simply ups and downs. It wasn’t what we have been all hoping for, however there have been loads of groups that went downhill for just a few years. After which they’re contenders and nice playoffs for years to return,” Konechny mentioned at his season-ending press convention on April 30. We’re coming “.

Though he usually finds himself proper below the microscope, Konnicki has completed off the Flyers’ checklist of scorers this season, albeit by default. Claude Giroud’s commerce and Cam Atkinson’s harm gave him the title lead with 52 factors (16 targets, 36 assists) from 79 video games. He obtained a destructive ranking of -23 in a crew that had a aim distinction of -87.

There may be nothing to put in writing dwelling about.

“I am the primary to say it, I do know I could be higher. For me, my season is unacceptable and I wish to come again higher subsequent yr and attempt to assist extra,” Konechny mentioned. “It is a good group when everyone seems to be accountable and we all know what we have to do individually and work collectively as a crew and do the precise issues.

“It’s additionally a great tutorial for some, even me, a man who continues to be in a crew. I wish to be an adjunct crew, I wish to be a play-off participant and discover ways to win video games and take what we are able to from him.”

The pilots are nicely acquainted with Omar Konechny. He is solely 25 years outdated, which might make you assume he hasn’t hit his restrict but. The maturity and peak of a participant can materialize in his late twenties or early thirties.

However how impatient is the Flyers with Konikni? Subsequent season, he’ll enter the fourth yr of his $33 million six-year deal. It has not been coveted by the present system of pilots and shouldn’t be thought of younger for for much longer. This season marks a pivotal turning level for Normal Supervisor Chuck Fletcher and the Basis. The membership places all the pieces on the desk and goals to retool it aggressively.

What sort of asset is Konecny ​​to Flyers? Is it an rising sport changer? Is it the centerpiece or complementary? Ought to it not be touched?

Fletcher and his firm will likely be carefully assessing it as a result of the studying has not been simple.

In his 2019-20 All-Star marketing campaign, lower brief by COVID-19, Konecny ​​led the Flyers in targets (24) and factors (61) by way of 66 video games. Over the subsequent two seasons mixed, Konnekni scored 27 targets and 86 factors in 129 video games. low targets, Again to the 2020 qualifiersit was baffling.

Whereas he was on a point-per-game tempo early within the 2020-21 season, Konecny ​​was benched by Alain Vigneault for one match. He had eight factors (5 targets, three assists) over eight video games in that point. Then its recording dried up.

This season, Konecny ​​220 photographs fired his profession, which led the pilots. Nevertheless, his 7.3 capturing proportion was the bottom of his profession. He may need been bitten by little snakes. Maybe extra stability on the crew stage and a contemporary look behind the bench may reignite Konecny ​​as soon as once more.

“Travis Konechny completed the season very nicely, and for me, subsequent yr is anticipated to be massive,” Fletcher mentioned in Could.

From the start of February till the top of the season, Konechni scored 28 factors (9 targets, 19 assists) in 37 video games. He highlighted some enlightening work late within the season with Particular Assistant Coach Danny Brier and Director of Hockey Analytics Ian Anderson as useful.

“Simply among the analytics stuff, which I normally did not take note of that form of factor,” Konecny ​​mentioned. “I do not know if there have been 10 matches left and I form of began to really feel like I used to be most likely in additional scoring positions. It is attention-grabbing stuff, so after I have a look at it it is smart to me, like the place I’ve gotten away from sure issues previously and the place I have been now I hope to maneuver ahead in the summertime attempting to place my head in the precise place for what I have to do to get again to the place I used to be.”

When Konecny ​​is at his greatest, as he was in 2019-20, he is a tonic rabbit for pilots.

Destiny stirs.

It may possibly stir the drink.

This unknown, stuffed with unknowns, should first decide what the Flyers drink consists of.

“It is lower than me to resolve this stuff,” Konechny mentioned. “It is arduous to consider this stuff since you love all of your teammates and you do not wish to see anybody go. We simply should see what occurs and get again to work subsequent yr.”

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