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Get to Know a Flyer: Michael Raffl

As part of the build-up to the first-round playoff series between the Capitals and the Flyers, Japers' Rink will be looking at some of the important but perhaps lesser-known players on the Flyers and how they might impact the series.

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Michael Raffl

#12 / Left Wing / Philadelphia Flyers

6-0 |  195 |  December 01, 1988

Villach, AUT |  Undrafted

Assets Has decent NHL size and he knows where to be in all three zones whenever he's on the ice. His instincts are very good and he doesn't shy away from contact. Can play both wing and center.
Flaws Must prove capable of producing consistent offense over the long haul at the highest level in North America. In order to do so, he could stand to add more bulk and get physically stronger.
Career Potential Solid, versatile two-way forward. (Assets, Flaws and Career Potential via The Hockey News player page)

Career 25-Game Rolling Five-on-Five Corsi-For Percentage:

2015-16 Even-Strength Usage Chart:

Philly Usage Chart

Why you should know who he is: Raffl is a former twenty goal scorer who has been with the Flyers organization for his entire career. Despite scoring less goals this season Raffl more than doubled his assist output and set a career high in points with 31. He suited up in all four games against the Capitals this season but did not register a single point and averaged only thirteen minutes of ice time per contest. He is a solid bottom six winger with offensive potential and if he finds his scoring touch could prove to be a difference maker in the series.

How the Caps can stop him: The more Raffl has the puck the more confident he plays, and the more confident he plays the more he can hurt us. Washington will need to limit his time with the puck in the offensive zone and prevent him from finding success around Braden Holtby's net. Raffl has proven he has the skill to convert on his chances and the Capitals will need to restrict his opportunities with the puck in the offensive zone to keep him silent.

Previously: Shayne Gostisbehere | Brayden Schenn