Michael Raffl
Michael Raffl
30-Year-Old Left WingLW
Philadelphia Flyers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 29-year-old found a home playing a good portion of last season on the second line next to center Valtteri Filppula. However, Filppula departed in free agency and signed with the Islanders, and the Flyers have enough young forwards that it's likely Raffl will be pushed into a fourth-line role. Raffl scored 13 goals and 22 points while averaging just 13:15 of ice time, and he's tallied at least 13 goals in three of the last four years receiving about the same amount of playing time. A fourth-line role would cap his upside, but owners can probably expect Raffl to reach double-digits in the goal category again. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year extension, worth $2.35 million annually, in February of 2016.
Picks up two points in win
LWPhiladelphia Flyers
March 12, 2019
Raffl scored a goal and set up Scott Laughton's game-winner in a 3-2 win over Ottawa on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Raffl's goal improved his shooting percentage to 11.1 for the year, which shows just how few pucks he's actually gotten to the net (54). He's shown signs of picking things up on offense with four points in his past four games, but you should still be able to find plenty of players like him on the waiver wire.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    11:43
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
13:16
0:06
0:02
2017–18
13:15
0:13
1:04
2018–19
11:43
0:04
1:00
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Coming off a brutal 11 points in 52 games over the course of an injury-shortened 2016-17 season, Raffl may get a chance to contend for a top-six role with the Flyers simply by virtue of the club’s lack of options, but it seems almost certain that they'll find an apter solution. They're stuck with the 28-year-old Austrian for two more seasons, though, so look for him to occupy a role on the third or fourth line, offering negligible fantasy value.
Raffl is a good player for a good team to have – a gritty winger who can get under the opposition’s skin with both his hits and his offense. The Austrian set a new career high with 31 points last season, yet didn’t come close to duplicating the prior year’s 21 goals (and only added three points) despite playing in 15 more games. In truth, he’s a third-line talent who’s miscast in his projected role as part of the Flyers’ top six; the 27-year-old may get that job to start out, but it would be no surprise to see him fall in the pecking order sooner rather than later.
Despite missing 15 games due to injury, Raffl still had a very successful season, finishing fourth on the Flyers with 21 goals. The 26-year-old slotted in perfectly on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, leading all Flyers forwards with a plus-6 rating. While he was used only sparingly on the power play, Raffl made the most of his 14:12 total average ice time, showcasing his ability to finish at the net and dish out hits (172). Raffl did only have seven assists last season and probably won't control the puck enough when he's on the ice with the team's two stars to show much further upside as a point provider, but if he can stick on the top line and find a spot on the Flyers’ second power-play unit, another 20-goal season could easily be in the offing for the Austrian winger.
Raffl had a solid rookie campaign with the Flyers last year, notching nine goals and 13 assists in 68 games. His value for this coming season is going to largely depend on his linemates. He showed brilliance last year when slotted on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, and was equally impressive on the Brayden Schenn-Wayne Simmonds line. With the departure of Scott Hartnell and Tye McGinn in the off-season, he may be able to snag that coveted top-line spot out of camp. But he could also slot as far down as the third line. Given where most draft projections put him, Raffl might very well be the best late-round pick this year. Go ahead and roll the dice on him.
Raffl is crossing over to North America after playing several seasons in Sweden's second league. He raised some eyebrows during the World Championships last year, scoring two goals in seven games. Prior to that, he posted 46 points in 49 games with his club team. He'll likely spend some time in the AHL to hone his skills. If he continues to impress, a late season call-up isn't out of the question.
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LWPhiladelphia Flyers
March 6, 2019
Raffl posted an assist, three shots on net, three hits and a block in a 5-3 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday.
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Scores in lopsided defeat
LWPhiladelphia Flyers
February 21, 2019
Raffl scored his fifth goal of the season in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Canadiens.
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LWPhiladelphia Flyers
February 19, 2019
Raffl picked up an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Lightning on Tuesday.
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Fires home shorty in win
LWPhiladelphia Flyers
February 9, 2019
Raffl scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist at even strength in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Ducks.
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Breaks out of terrible slump
LWPhiladelphia Flyers
January 30, 2019
Raffl has a goal and an assist in the last three games, but prior to scoring on Jan. 19, Raffl had an 11-game pointless streak.
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