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With the Flyers offseason beginning, Ron Hextall has quite a bit of work to do in order to retool the roster for next season. Luckily, he may not have to draft cheap talent, he can go to Europe or the NCAA and find the next Michael Raffl/Matt Read type to fill in the roster.
Andrew Calof fits both NCAA Matt Read type and European Michael Raffl type. Calof spent four years at Princeton University, graduating in 2014 before spending the 14-15 season with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League. Calof’s a bit small at 5’10” 175, but the shifty, speedy scoring forward has been a scorer at every level he’s played at. And, at age 24 heading into next season, his price would be a 1 year ELC that probably would only cost the Flyers about 700,000 against the salary cap.
In order to project where he fits in the lineup, Rob Vollman’s chart is quite helpful. Based on his NCAA numbers, where Calof had a 1.05 Point per game ratio, Calof projects as a 22 point forward in the NHL, while based on his 0.66 point per game season in Sweden, Calof projects as a 30 point forward in the NHL.
To put in comparison, Michael Raffl had 22 points (in 68 games) as a rookie, and is a solid top line forward, save for lack of minutes played.
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Matt Read has been a solid addition to the third line, while scoring at an elite rate over his career.
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At 22-30 points, Calof would be another scoring wing like Raffl who slide up and down the lineup filling in for injuries, or replacing the production of Matt Read or Brayden Schenn should one of those two players be a casualty of the Flyers inability to manage a salary cap. At age 24, he’s probably hitting his scoring prime, but a couple years of 25 points dirt cheap would be something the Flyers could most assuredly use.