A clever person on Twitter suggested last week that the media should change Jakub Voracek’s surname to “Scoreacek.”
The 23-year-old scored another key goal Saturday in the Flyers' tense 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, giving him 15 points (six goals) over his last eight games. Overall, he has nine goals, which ties him with Wayne Simmonds for the club lead.
“[Voracek] seems to keep growing, too,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Not only has he been getting better, he still is spreading his wings here.
“I think at the beginning of the year, coming back, it maybe took him a few games to get up to speed. But right now he's a real strong power forward.”
Recall that the Czech winger, who came to the Flyers during the 2011 offseason in the Jeff Carter deal with Columbus, had a career-high 18 goals last season.
He’s on pace to match that total during this lockout-shortened season. The Flyers have finally reached .500 and this week face two clubs -- Penguins and Bruins -- ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings. Obviously, this is a crucial week for them, and Voracek, to make an impact.
“It’s huge,” he said of hitting .500. “It’s a good step, and I think we are in the playoff spot now and we just have to keep winning.”
The constant complaint about Voracek had been his reluctance to shoot the puck, preferring to pass. Without question, he’s a gifted player who sees the ice and finds open shooters.
Yet the Flyers, much like the Blue Jackets did, think there is ample, untapped scoring talent there if Voracek just shoots the puck more.
Taking shots paying off for Jakub Voracek
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