The Philadelphia Flyers host the Boston Bruins tonight at Wells Fargo and general manager Chuck Fletcher held a surprise press conference before the game.
Sitting in first place of the MassMutual East division it's easy to label it a good start to the season, however Fletcher would disagree.
The Flyers' GM didn't sound too happy when talking to the media and he specifically isn't happy with the team's forward group.
“Our group of forwards to me haven’t played at the level they need to play at,” Fletcher said. “I think they’ve made the game extremely difficult for our defensemen and for our goaltenders.”
He feels that the team is getting too fancy on the offensive side of things and it usually leads to odd man rushes putting lots of unneeded pressure on the defensemen goalies.
"We have a lot of one and dones. We have a lot of plays that get disrupted,” he said. “We allow easy transitions to the other team to come up the ice and often with an odd-man advantage. It puts a lot of pressure on our defensemen and goaltenders.”
On the other side of things, Fletcher has been happy with the goalie tandem of Carter Hart and Brian Elliott.
"Obviously our goaltenders have been consistently good for us and they give us a chance.”
What do you think of Fletcher's comments?
GM Chuck Fletcher likes the #Flyers’ record so far, but knows his team hasn’t played as well as it suggests https://t.co/VnjMvrChXx via @PhillyInquirer
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) February 3, 2021