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Another Union College product, Daniel Ciampini is a forward who the Flyers should pursue once the NCAA season ends.
Ciampini has a 0.90625 point per game output in the ECAC.
As per Rob Vollman’s model, this translates to .227 points per game in the NHL or 18 points per game at the NHL level. Most importantly however, over his last 2 seasons at Union, his NHL-equivalency in scoring is up to 24 points so he’s trending in the right direction.
Based on the forward scoring chart, 18-24 points is an average to good third liner. Given the Flyers need to revamp their bottom 6 and get younger, Ciampini would allow the Flyers to cut down the older players in the bottom six and get another cost controlled contract on the books.
More importantly, it would give the Flyers options for AHL depth as the Phantoms are being forced to use Zach Stortini in a scoring role, while Stortini actually is scoring, the Phantoms could use another true scorer in their ranks as well.
Ideally, if the Flyers can move out bad contracts like RJ Umberger and Vinny Lecavalier, Ciampini can join Nick Cousins, Taylor Leier and Nicolas Aube-Kubel in battling for spots hopefully vacated by Umberger, Lecavalier and Zac Rinaldo heading into the 2015-16 season. It also would allow for the Flyers the option of picking another middle six forward like Brayden Schenn to be part of a trade package to land a top defender. The options are there, should the Flyers choose to go that route.
It worked once to perfection with Matt Read, why not roll the dice again?
As with all college UFA signings, there is very little risk and very much reward. And given the Flyers salary cap problems, getting third line scoring from a near league minimum contract would do wonders for saving money next season which would bring the Flyers one year closer to the expiry of Umberger and Lecavalier from the books assuming they stick around for the duration of their deals.
At worst, the contract becomes an AHL player who posts a solid minor league scoring numbers, at best Ciampini outpaces his projected scoring output and becomes a middle six forward chipping in 30-40 points a season for a few years.