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

For the past three seasons, Travis Konecny ​​has been consistent with the Team Flyers game.

This is no accident.

In many ways, a go-go winger is a successful player or breakout in the Flyers.

Konecny ​​was asked about fan frustration that the Flyers’ past two years have fallen well short of expectations. After a disappointing 2020-21 campaign, the Flyers faltered badly this season by finishing 25-46-11. They missed the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94.

Meanwhile, Konecny ​​hasn’t been the same consistent goalscorer he was on his all-star breakout in 2019-20.

What is his message to frustrated fans about the possibility of things changing quickly?

“I think it’s just ups and downs. It wasn’t what we were all hoping for, but there were a lot of teams that went downhill for a few years. And then they’re contenders and great playoffs for years to come,” Konechny said at his season-ending press conference on April 30. We are coming “.

Although he often finds himself right under the microscope, Konnicki has finished off the Flyers’ list of scorers this season, albeit by default. Claude Giroud’s trade and Cam Atkinson’s injury gave him the title lead with 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) from 79 games. He received a negative rating of -23 in a team that had a goal difference of -87.

There is nothing to write home about.

“I’m the first to say it, I know I can be better. For me, my season is unacceptable and I want to come back better next year and try to help more,” Konechny said. “It’s a good group when everyone is accountable and we know what we need to do individually and work together as a team and do the right things.

“It’s also a good tutorial for some, even me, a guy who is still on a team. I want to be an accessory team, I want to be a playoff player and learn how to win games and take what we can from it.”

The pilots are well acquainted with Omar Konechny. He’s only 25 years old, which would make you think he hasn’t hit his limit yet. The maturity and heyday of a player can materialize in his late twenties or early thirties.

But how impatient is the Flyers with Konikni? Next season, he will enter the fourth year of his $33 million six-year deal. It has not been coveted by the current system of pilots and should not be considered young for much longer. This season marks a pivotal turning point for General Manager Chuck Fletcher and the Foundation. The club puts everything on the table and aims to retool it aggressively.

What kind of asset is Konecny ​​to Flyers? Is it an emerging game-changer? Is it the centerpiece or complementary? Should it not be touched?

Fletcher and his company will be closely assessing it because the reading has not been easy.

In his 2019-20 All-Star campaign, cut short by COVID-19, Konecny ​​led the Flyers in goals (24) and points (61) through 66 games. Over the next two seasons combined, Konnekni scored 27 goals and 86 points in 129 games. low goals, Back to the 2020 qualifiersit was baffling.

While he was on a point-per-game pace early in the 2020-21 season, Konecny ​​was benched by Alain Vigneault for one match. He had eight points (five goals, three assists) over eight games in that time. Then its recording dried up.

This season, Konecny ​​220 shots fired his career, which led the pilots. However, his 7.3 shooting percentage was the lowest of his career. He might have bitten a little snake. Perhaps more stability at the team level and a fresh look behind the bench could reignite Konecny ​​once again.

“Travis Konechny finished the season very well, and for me, next year is expected to be big,” Fletcher said in May.

From the beginning of February until the end of the season, Konechni scored 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 37 games. He highlighted some enlightening work late in the season with Special Assistant Coach Danny Brier and Director of Hockey Analytics Ian Anderson as helpful.

“Just looking at some of the analytics stuff, which I usually didn’t pay attention to that kind of thing,” Konecny ​​said. “I don’t know if there were 10 matches left and I kind of started to feel like I was probably in more scoring positions. It’s interesting stuff, so when I look at it it makes sense to me, like where I’ve gotten away from certain things in the past and where I’ve been now I hope to move forward in the summer trying to put my head in the right place for what I need to do to get back to where I was.”

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

Fate stirs.

It can stir the drink.

This unknown, full of unknowns, must first determine what the Flyers drink consists of.

“It’s not up to me to decide these things,” Konechny said. “It’s hard to think about these things because you love all your teammates and you don’t want to see anyone go. We just have to see what happens and get back to work next year.”

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