Konecny scored and recorded three shots on goal in a 3-2 overtime defeat against the Islanders on Friday. Now 21 years old, Konecny broke out last season with 24 goals and 47 points in 81 games, but a vast majority of that production came when he was on the top scoring line. His value seems tied to playing with the No. 1 line, but the very encouraging part about his goal Friday was the fact Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier weren't even dressed, let alone on the ice to help Konecny. More of that and Konecny's value will rise even higher.
Konecny expects to see a much larger role with the Flyers this season Sam Carchidi of The Inquirer reports. Part of that expanded role will be as a penalty killer, which won't excite too many owners. The Flyers finished 29th in penalty killing, so adding the speedy winger to the unit makes sense. Fortunately, Konecny's expanded role should also include more minutes on the top line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. Konecny played 41 games with the Flyers top unit and recorded 20 goals. In 40 games where he played on other lines, he scored just four times. It's safe to say Konecny's value is directly tied to him nailing down a permanent spot on the No. 1 line.
Konecny finished with 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) through 81 contests in 2017-18, surpassing the point total from his rookie season by 19. At first glance Konecny's stat line doesn't jump off the page, but the second-year winger was dynamic in the second half of the season, especially after head coach Dave Hakstol moved him up to the first line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. After the midway mark of the year, Konecny reeled off 33 points (19 goals, 14 assists) in the last 41 games, going plus-18 while collecting 108 shots on goal. The 21-year-old flashed the speed and stick-handling that was on display when he tore up the OHL two years ago when he posted 101 points (30 goals, 71 assists) in 60 games, and although the Flyers' late push wasn't all because of Konecny, his outburst was a big reason why they secured third place in the Metropolitan Division. While it was a small sample size, if Konecny is paired again with Giroux and Couturier, points seem likely to appear in bunches again in 2018-19 -- but if he winds up elsewhere, the youngster's inability to create points during the first half of the season when he wasn't paired with playmakers is worrisome.
Konecny scored a goal and added an assist during Sunday's 4-3 win against Boston. The goal was of the highlight-reel variety, and Konecny was dangerous throughout Sunday's contest. He's now collected 20 tallies and 17 helpers through his past 42 games, and the strong stretch aligns with his promotion to the No. 1 line alongside Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux. As long as Konecny is locked into a scoring role, his offensive talent should enable him to be a solid fantasy asset in most settings.
Konecny connected for a pair of goals in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Rangers. Konecny is loving life on the top line alongside playmaker extraordinaire Claude Giroux, who assisted on both of Konecny's goals in this game and has 64 helpers on the season. The 2015 first-rounder has four goals over his past four games, and he's collected six goals and nine points over the last 12 contests.
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