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Flyers need more from Hartnell

Aug 30, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

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After a career-year that earned him a hefty six-year, $28.5 million contract extension in 2011-12, everything that went right seemed to go wrong for Scott Hartnell in 2013.

That extension kicks in next season, so what can the Philadelphia Flyers expect from the 31-year-old going forward? It might be best to study the past.

Tough luck

Hartnell really had a rough time last season.

That might be best symbolized by the fact that an unlikely injury made him miss 16 games, as Kimmo Timonen‘s shot broke his foot.

If that wasn’t enough, the puffy-haired winger bounced around Philly’s lines, failing to maintain his cushy gig alongside Claude Giroux.

As Broad Street Hockey notes, Hartnell’s shooting percentages were way down compared to 2011-12, which was just a blessed campaign.

All the breaks

Boy, did things go well in 2011-12, though.

Hartnell set career-highs for goals (37), points (67), shots on goal (232) and shooting percentage 15.9. He seemed to nail both the quality and quantity categories.

No doubt, Hartnell played over his head, although it’s worth noting that he produced one similar scoring season. He scored 30 goals and 30 assists for 60 points in 2008-09, his second in Philly.


It seems like Hartnell’s 2013-14 expectations should probably be somewhere between 2013 and 2011-12.

He’s been surprisingly sturdy before 2013 – he only missed three contests in his first five Flyers seasons – yet his rugged style and increasing age indicate that he might be on the shelf at least a little more often.

Sticking with Giroux could be a key to maximizing his numbers, yet he’s fairly reliable for somewhere between 20-30 goals each season.

Long story short, for a player who popularized #Hartnelldown, most of the signs are looking up.

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  1. vanindeed - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I’d take Hartnell on my team any day

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Good teammate, good leader, and a solid power forward. Those who wouldn’t want Hartnell are simply the ppl who dislike him… mostly Pens fans. Last year was horrendous for the entire Flyers organization, top to bottom. I have no doubts Hartnell will get back to his 20+ goal self.

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  2. 22bju - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:12 AM


  3. eparico - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Hartnell also had both Giroux and Jagr to pass the puck to him in 2011-2012 while he was scrumming in front of the net. I don’t give last season’s stats much weight since the entire team played horribly though. How he turns out this season could better determine if he’s worth the money the Flyers are paying him.

  4. eggserino - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Hartnell’s response to this article? “Suck it, O’Brien. Woooo!”

  5. puckmepuckyou - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    The lines should be interesting this season but I think they will benefit Hartnell. Nobody sets up like Jags but it still should be a very productive season for him.

  6. nj666 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Hartnell is a very similar to Clarkson as players. They’re both grinders who can also play the role as a fighter at times. Both had amazing seasons in 2011/12 and both probably wont live up to that season again in their careers. Still they’re both players who play an important roll on their teams. One of the funnest games I’ve been to was the AC charity game last year during the lockout and got to to watch them play on the same line.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      They are similar but I personally believe Hartnell is the better version of that power forward/mucker. Hartnell has six 20-goal seasons (two 30, four more with 12+) while Clarkson has one (one 30, same season). Altho I guess Clarkson was on pace for another 20+ last season. But anyway, Clarkson is a good player, certainly not worth his contract.

      Ppl made a big stink about Hartnell’s new contract but he’s actually less expensive than Clarkson and Clowe now. And I’d take him over those two.

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:02 PM


  8. SpeakPhilly - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    He is too busy banging Sheena Parveen

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