NAME: Arron Asham
POSITION: Right Wing
Regular Season Statistics: 72 Games Played – 10 Goals, 14 Assists, 24 Points. -2
Analysis: One of the most underrated commodities on this Flyers team – by far – is Arron Asham. This past year was no different. Asham enjoyed the best statistical season of his Flyers career, as well as his best year points-wise in the NHL since the 2005-’06 campaign. However, Asham’s one of those guys who doesn’t have his capabilities measured through his statistics. Sure, he has some great stickhandling ability as we saw plenty of times this season, and we know he’s good for an odd goal or two. But Asham is best suited as a physical, banging presence on the ice. He’s not afraid to muck and grind in corners, and he’ll do the dirty work so that his linemates (in this case, JVR and Claude Giroux) can pick up the goals. He’s one of the most well-liked players in the Flyers dressing room and it’s easy to see in watching him play that he just loves the game of hockey and has a ball each and every time he’s on the ice.
Postseason Statistics: 23 Games Played – 4 Goals, 3 Assists, 7 Points. +4.
Analysis: Asham’s contributions emotionally to this team are immeasurable. He supplied them with a great body for a third line in the playoffs, and made things difficult for all teams to compete against him and the Flyers’ depth lines on a nightly basis. He rarely took a shift off during the playoffs, and he continuously was out there busting his butt for the better of the team. I grew to love Asham even more than I already did during the incredible playoff run of this past Spring, and it pains me that there’s a strong chance Asham may leave during free agency, as he’s slated to be an unrestricted free agent come July 1. It’ll be difficult for the Flyers to sign him again, and if they don’t, I will reluctantly understand. Asham has been great for the Flyers since being signed prior to the 2008-’09 season, and this year was a culmination (most likely) of his time in Orange and Black. If he somehow can come back, I, like many other Flyers fans will be thrilled. If not, hopefully he signs out West. It’ll be hard to hate Ash.
FINAL GRADE: B+
Reasoning: Asham was consistent on all facets of his game this entire season. Not once was he ever really a scapegoat for a game, and he rarely was caught out of position or going overboard when on the ice. Sure, he plays with an edge, and maybe that edge has increased since he’s come to Philadelphia, but it’s always been there. Asham has and will continue to be more brute strength than skill set, and that’s perfectly fine by all that are associated with him. He gives you that big body that isn’t afraid to consistently mix it up in the corners and take the body whenever needed. He isn’t afraid to drop the gloves either and spark his team. However, like I said earlier, I think Asham’s biggest contribution comes from within the doors of the Flyers’ dressing room. He’s a veteran presence that’s also a wild guy. He loves to keep the team loose and confident, while focusing on the task at hand. Guys of his stature are immeasurable and it’s a real shame that he likely won’t be back in Orange and Black this coming season. But that won’t keep me from keeping my fingers crossed.