Valtteri Filppula looked like he was on the fast track to irrelevance, but he bounced back a bit in 2016-17, improving his point total from 31 to 42 and earning some value in deeper fantasy formats along the way. A third-liner in his new home with the Flyers, the Finnish veteran is set to enjoy a bigger role than most bottom-six players, as he'll see minutes on both the power play and the penalty kill, but that's no reason to form great expectations for him. At 33 years old, Filppula is several years removed from his prime, and he's a low-volume shooter who won't have the benefit of playing with the Flyers' big guns on the power play; the second unit isn't nearly so impressive. Expect him to finish short of 40 points and you won't be disappointed.
Filppula scored a pair of goals in Sunday's loss to the Rangers. The two tallies weren't quite enough, as the Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention with a 4-3 loss. The 33-year-old is finishing the season strong with four goals in his last five games and is playing on the second line. The Flyers might not be competing for the Stanley Cup this year, but with the way Filppula is scoring, he could be worth inserting into your lineup for these final regular season games.
Filppula led all Flyers forwards with 18:53 on the ice in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Islanders, notching an empty-net goal and an assist. He's exceeded 18 minutes in consecutive games, but this was the Finn's first multi-point effort since Dec. 22, when he was a member of the Lightning. Filppula has now reached 40 points on the season, so he's easily exceeded last year's awful production, but he's still only really a fantasy option in deeper formats.
Filppula potted a second-period goal Sunday against Pittsburgh. This marks the veteran's first goal since his debut with the Flyers on March 12, a span of 13 games. The 33-year-old's lack of production makes him a risky fantasy option right now, but posting 38 points over 72 games this season should mean Filppula's fantasy stock is steady even as he ages.
Fillpula scored the game-tying goal in the third period of his Flyers debut Thursday, keying a 2-1 shootout win over the Panthers. That's a great way to endear yourself to your new teammates. Filppula lined up as the No. 2 center between Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek, an assignment that comes with tons of potential fantasy value; his wingers registered the assists on the Finn's goal. While he'd stagnated in Tampa Bay, the Flyers' wide-open style might be just what Filppula needs to find his game again, especially if he carves out some power-play time.
Filppula was traded to the Flyers by the Lightning along with a fourth-rounder and a conditional seventh-rounder for Mark Streit on Wednesday. With seven goals and 34 total points in 59 games, Filppula has improved his production from last season's 31 in 76, but it's dried up recently, as he heads to Philly with just two points in his last 12 contests. We can't yet say for certain where Filppula will line up with his new squad, but word on that should come out once he's able to get his first Flyers practice in.
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