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Greenberg: An analysis of the progress made by the Flyers in 2013-14

by Jay Greenberg / Philadelphia Flyers
After a year’s absence, the Flyers made the playoffs as accustomed, with a young core that probably has not yet peaked, despite a start so listless they had to fire a coach after three games. 

Later this week, we will post what they still have to do to become a team that should take them deeper than just one round.  Today we explain why we dare suggest that is possible:  This is the progress the Flyers made in 2013-14:

In Steve Mason, they found a technically sound and athletic goaltender who maintained consistency through the regular season and took his level up in the playoffs. 

At 25, having already gone through his maturing rites of passage in Columbus, he is entering the prime of his career.

We need to see an extended playoff run before anointing him among the elite. But Mason has the best chance to get there of any Flyer goalie since the rookie Ron Hextall.

"I think the team showed a lot of character and I think the experience the guys gained was valuable. As long as we make sure we’re taking the summertime to improve upon things and come ready once training camps start, I think we’ll have a much better start than we had for this season.

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