Flyers linemates Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek are ranked among the NHL's best players in The Hockey News' preseason top 50.
Giroux is No. 18, sandwiched between Nashville's Shea Weber (No. 17) and Anaheim's Corey Perry (No. 19). A year ago, Giroux was ranked No. 9.
Voracek, unranked last season, has vaulted to No. 38 after collecting a career-best 81 points.
The top 10: 1. Montreal's Carey Price; 2. Chicago's Jonathan Toews; 3. Washington's Alex Ovechkin; 4. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby; 5. Chicago's Duncan Keith; 6. the Islanders' John Tavares; 7. Ottawa's Erik Karlsson; 8. Los Angeles' Drew Doughty; 9. Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos; and 10. Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman.
Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion, has four players in the top 50: Toews (2), Keith (6), Patrick Kane (11), and Marian Hossa (29).
The Penguins also have four top-50 players: Crosby (4), Evgeni Malkin (27), Kris Letang (31) and Phil Kessel (40). Ditto Tampa Bay: Stamkos (9), Hedman (10), Tyler Johnson (34) and Ben Bishop (47).
You could argue that Flyers goalie Steve Mason (2.25 goals-against average, 928 save percentage) had a better regular season than either Bishop (2.32, .916) or Washington's Brayden Holtby (2.22, .923), who is ranked No. 39. Mason is not among the top 50.
Edmonton center Connor McDavid has not played an NHL game but is ranked as the league's 36th best player _ two spots ahead of Voracek.
Tickets available. The Flyers announced that tickets are available for their Monday, Sept. 21 exhibition game against the Islanders at the PPL Center in Allentown, home of the AHL Phantoms. It will be the first NHL game ever played in the Lehigh Valley, and tickets are available at PPLCenter.com.
That same night, the Flyers will have another split-squad game against the Isles at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Follow Sam Carchidi on Twitter @BroadStBull.