Antonio Conte has a hard job on his hands at Chelsea next season, and the club will be far less attractive to players without Champions League football, says Graeme Souness. Conte was named as Blues manager from next season on Monday, replacing interim Guus Hiddink was sacked in May.Chelseas form has improved since Jose Mourinhos departure, but the champions still sit 10 points off fourth place with just seven games remaining. Conte must first concentrate on Italy at Euro 2016 this summer Conte is currently building towards Italys Euro 2016 campaign in France, but Souness says the to-do list at Stamford Bridge will not be easy to tick off.Souness told Sky Sports: I think hes got a monster job on now, Chelsea this year have been disappointing to say the least. Will Conte fit Chelsea? With Antonio Conte taking over at Chelsea in the summer, what do we know about the Italy boss? They started as champions and never really got going. When Guus Hiddink come in you thought all their problems would be solved but they werent. Theyve been up and down all season, even with the lift a new manager gives you.I think Jose saw the writing on the wall, he knew he had been lucky to win the league last year, he must have driven them, cajoled them, bullied them, to get to that point to win it, and at the start of the season he wanted more players and better players, and for some reason he didnt get them. Chelsea are 10 points off the top four with seven games remaining That must have been the reason he fell out with whoever he ended up falling out with, and that would include the players. Looking back, Jose was right, because that group were not good enough to go and retain the title this year.Conte coming in, unless he can go out and buy some real quality, it will be another up and down season for Chelsea. Contes Chelsea to-do list Resolve John Terrys future, sort out transfer policy, rejuvenate Eden Hazard... Contes to-do list Chelsea won the league by eight points from Manchester City last season, but spent less in the summer of 2015 than they had the previous five seasons.Souness believes Conte will need substantial backing to improve the Chelsea side, but their potential absence from Europes elite club competition for the first time since 2002 will have a major impact. Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a woeful start to the campaign for the champions Thats the dilemma [no Champions League], the attraction of Chelsea in recent years can be put to two main reasons, the wages plus the attraction of the Champions League. So there is no quick fix to Chelsea.Hes a different voice, has different thoughts. Does he have a magic wand? No coach has a magic wand, its all about players. 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PHILADELPHIA -- Thanks to a powerful power play fueled by Wayne Simmonds, outstanding goaltending by Steve Mason and the steady progress of 19-year-old rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov, the Philadelphia Flyers carry a six-game winning streak into Thursday nights home game against the Edmonton Oilers.Simmonds is coming off back-to-back two-goal performances and leads the NHL with eight power-play goals. He is tied for third in the NHL with 15 goals.Hes been primarily pretty much a 30-goal scorer, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. Hes doing the exact same thing, doing exactly what he has always done. The thing with Simmer is that he doesnt change his game, he doesnt waver. I think you are seeing a very confident player right now, a very competitive player and a very focused player. Hes been very important for our group here especially in the first third of the season and that is going to continue.The Flyers power play has produced more goals this season -- 24 in 28 games -- than any team in the NHL. Claude Giroux is a big reason. He leads the NHL with 15 power-play points.Mason has been the Flyers best player in recent games. He stopped 42 of 44 shots in Tuesday nights 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers, his fifth straight win. Florida recorded 85 shot attempts to the Flyers 51.Mase has been outstanding over the last three weeks, Flyers right winger Jake Voracek said. Sometimes you are going to have hockey games like that but Mase was great and we scored when we needed to.Masons 88 wins as a Flyer moved him past Pelle Lindbergh and into sixth in franchise history. Mason needs six wins to move into third place in franchise history.The Flyers have also received steady play from Provorov, a 19-year-old rookie who picked up an assist and recorded a huge block on a 2-on-1 in overtime on Tuesday night.I think he has done a great job all year long and he is only going to get better, Simmonds said of the 19-year-old rookie.dddddddddddd If you watch him play he is getting better and better, not every game, but every shift.Provorov will draw the assignment of stopping the Oilers top line of Connor McDavid, Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl, who have combined for 30 goals and 78 points this season. McDavid leads the NHL with 36 points and all 11 of his goals have come at even strength.The Flyers likely will try to match the checking line of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Chris VandeVelde and Dale Weise against the McDavid line.The Oilers are coming off Tuesday nights 4-3 overtime loss in Buffalo. Jordan Eberle, Lucic (8 goals) and Draisaitl (11 goals) scored for the Oilers (14-10-4) while Cam Talbot made 22 saves.The Oilers blew a one-goal lead late in regulation and lost on a power-play goal in overtime.We did a really good job taking that game over after the first, McDavid told the Edmonton Journal. Started slow, battled back, had the lead and werent really giving up much, especially in the third period. Give them credit. They found a way to get one, get it to overtime and their power play bared down.It comes down to them pulling their goalie and executing and we have to live with that, Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. Thats going to happen in the game, thats going to happen every now and then and its the next 22 seconds when you take a penalty that you dont need to take and that sets you up for a loss.As for projected rosters, Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas is expected to return after missing three games with an illness. 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