Flyers Player Spotlight: Joel Farabee

It’s time to sharpen the blades and tape the sticks for the 2024-25 Flyers season. The EOP Hockey People will get you ready by recapping and preparing you for the season, first up Joel Farabee.

  In 2023-24, though, he had an improved 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points in 82 games. It wasn’t a significant increase based on points alone, but he was better when he was at his best. Despite averaging 16:11 of ice time, he finished third on the Flyers in goals, assists, and points. Compared to being sixth, seventh, and seventh before, that is some decent improvement.

Farabee only had seven points on the power play and didn’t help his scoring whatsoever. To account for that, we can look at his even-strength points per 60 (P/60). On the season, he ranked 89th in the NHL in the stat with 2.27 among skaters with at least 100 minutes of ice time, putting him in the 88th percentile for all skaters and in the 82nd for just forwards.

With a better man advantage, Farabee’s numbers would probably look a lot better than what they were. Considering he did this in his age-23 season, there’s reason to believe he can be even better. The Flyers didn’t have the greatest offense, but he was one of the best contributors to it.

Farabee was a more impactful player for the Flyers than some of his numbers might indicate. Before the All-Star Break, he had 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points and a plus-4 rating in 50 contests. With 34 of those points being at even strength, he was 22nd in the NHL in even-strength P/60 at 2.91 among players with 100 or more minutes of ice time. His 50.8 xGF% at even strength was solid, too.

Early in the season, Farabee was arguably the Flyers’ best player. He was noticeably stronger on the rush and more involved in the offense. After the All-Star Break, things went downhill for him. In 32 contests, he had just five goals and four assists for nine points and a minus-17 rating. His 49.1 xGF% wasn’t awful, but a step down from what it was.

Farabee’s shooting percentage went from 14.2 percent to 10.4 percent, going from 2.4 shots on goal per game to just 1.9. He wasn’t the only player to see regression late in the season, but he was arguably the most severe. It’s not that he was a liability, he was just not providing anything in any zone.

Farabee’s upside won’t exactly factor into his grade, but it’s something important to note. Overall, he was one of the better players on the team even with his decline. He was around the top on the team in most major categories, so a B-plus grade is what he finishes with.

Farabee might not even be on the Flyers next season if some of his trade rumors end up coming to fruition. If they don’t, the Flyers have a solid player to put in the top six. He played some of his best hockey with another youngster, Bobby Brink, so the development of youth might hinge on a player like Farabee. Despite being pretty young himself, he is still an important veteran to the Orange and Black.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.