There has been a lot of talk in the past few days about how the Flyers are worse right now than they were at the end of the season.
They lost out on acquiring Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. In the process, they let Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle get away, replacing them with Ruslan Fedotenko and Bruno Gervais.
But the Flyers are not necessarily worse than they were previously. Thursday's re-signing of winger Jake Voracek is a reminder of that.
Voracek is one of four players acquired last season in the Jeff Carter and Mike Richards trades, and all four are 23 or younger.
Voracek (22), Sean Couturier (19), Brayden Schenn (20) and Wayne Simmonds (23) are all going to keep getting better.
Voracek, in particular, was a revelation last year to anyone watching the games closely. He doesn't put up spectacular numbers (18 goals, 31 assists), but he makes things happen on the ice with his speed and creativity.
In the Flyers' Game 1 playoff win against the Devils, Voracek set up one goal without even touching the puck when he sped into the zone on the forecheck and forced an errant pass.
The Flyers' power play was lethal in the Penguins series, thanks in part to moving Voracek from the point to the wing, where he was able to play a Peter Forsberg-like role and set up plays from the circle.
If Voracek keeps playing as well as he did last year, he'll be worth the four-year, $17 million contract he signed Thursday. But considering he's only 22 and has a good attitude, the smart money should be on him continuing to get better.
So while Weber would have been nice, Flyers fans shouldn't worry too much. The Flyers' kids are more than just all right.