Season Analysis: Jake Voracek

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Credit: Sergei Belski-USA Today sports

BY BRANDON MURPHY

Since arriving to the Flyers in 2011, Jake Voracek has been one of their most consistent scorers at even strength and on the man advantage. He had a small bounce-back season after struggling offensively during the 2015-2016 campaign.

In July 2015, Voracek signed a lucrative 8-year contract worth $66 million. During that season, he only managed to score 11 goals despite putting more than 200 shots on net and having great possession metrics. His shooting percentage was a career worst 5.2%, meaning Voracek was due for more goals in 2016-2017.

With his new contract kicking in, the expectations were high for #93. He didn’t deliver what most fans wanted, but still managed to put home 20 goals for the fourth time in his career and put up 61 points while being a puck control monster. His shooting percentage was still under the league average, but it was an improvement from the previous season. Voracek delivered the most at even-strength – an area the Flyers struggled with during the regular season – by putting up 38 points.

Voracek is excellent at driving play. He has great career Corsi and Fenwick numbers (53.3 and 53.1 respectively), indicating the Flyers have possession of the puck most of the time when he is on the ice. He uses his body and reach to shield the puck and it’s his main tool to maneuver around the oppositions defense.

Voracek can also dish the puck, the right winger has great playmaking ability and is 14th in the NHL in assists since the 2011-2012 season. In that same span, he is second in points, assists, power play points and even strength points for the Flyers behind only Claude Giroux.

Voracek, who was the 7th overall pick in 2007, will be entering his 10th season in the NHL. He is poised for a big year, the Flyers recently won the 2nd overall pick in the draft lottery and we could see Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier provide a much needed boost to this team as early as next season. How will it affect Voracek?

 

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