67’s alumni look to help their NHL teams in playoffs
Unfortunately for the Barber Poles, the post-season ended too early but hopefully some former 67’s players can emerge victorious. As the NHL playoffs are quickly approaching, we look at some 67’s alumni who have the opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup.
- #39 Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks (45-27-10, 100 PTS)
From 2005-2009, Couture was consistently an offensive contributor both in the regular season and playoffs with the 67’s. As he made the transition from junior hockey to the NHL, the numbers never slowed down. He’s been one of the best Sharks player in any scenario for nearly a decade now and this upcoming playoff matchup with the interstate rival, Anaheim Ducks, will be no different. In 24 games during the 2015-2016 playoffs, he led the entire NHL in points with 30 (10 goals, 20 assists). Unfortunately for Couture and the Sharks, they’ve never accomplished the grand-finale – the Stanley Cup. Couture looks to help his team win now and with plenty of NHL playoff experience (86 games, 69 points), the entire organization looks to him to help lead the way.
- #71 Tyler Toffoli – Los Angeles Kings (45-29-8, 98 PTS)
The only one on this list that has previously won a Stanley Cup, Toffoli looks to repeat what was done back in 2013-2014 with the Kings. The former 67’s stud and his NHL team face-off against the surprisingly dominant Las Vegas Golden Knights in the first-round of the playoffs. There’s no doubt that the wildcard Kings are in for quite the test as they go against the high-flying expansion team. In Toffoli’s final two seasons with the Barber Poles (2010-2011/2011-2012), he posted back-to-back 100 point seasons and will be looking for that very same offensive touch in this series. During the Kings Stanley Cup run in 2013-2014, the then 22-year-old Toffoli had 14 points in 26 games. Turning 26 this month, he’ll be leaned on heavily by the coaching staff to play a veteran role on and off the ice.
- #11 Travis Konecny & #34 Petr Mrazek – Philadelphia Flyers (42-26-14, 98 PTS)
Two former Barber Poles look to bring the Stanley Cup to Broad Street. The Flyers look to emerge as the only NHL team playing in Pennsylvania in a week or two as they’re set to play Pittsburgh in the first-round. In his second NHL season, Konecny has enjoyed a breakout campaign with 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) in 81 games. With the former 1st round pick only being 21-years-old, the Flyers organization and fans have high expectations from him. The former 67’s captain will be heavily relied on to provide leadership and offense even at such a young age. Konecny has had topline exposure and power-play time throughout the season and expect nothing less in the Battle of Pennsylvania.
Petr Mrazek started the regular season as a backup on a losing team (Detroit Red Wings) and midway though the year saw his talents take him to Philadelphia. In a trade that saw picks go to Detroit, Philadelphia addressed an injury filled goal crease. Both other Flyers goalies, Brian Elliot and Michael Neuvirth, suffered serious injuries. Fortunately for the Flyers, Elliot is available for the first-round matchup and will serve as the starter. Having Mrazek as a backup is extremely beneficially for the Flyers, if Elliot suffers an injury or is too tired to start, Mrazek can come in and put together an elite-level performance. Mrazek has seen playoff hockey at the OHL, AHL and NHL level, providing a necessary veteran presence. Flyers fans and management are confident in their goaltending situation heading into the playoffs.