Philadelphia Flyers Prospect Report - November 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016
Flyers 2016-2nd round draft pick Carter Hart is playing lights out for WHL's Everett Silvertips this season. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey.
Written by: Tim Riday - Twitter

When Ron Hextall returned to Philadelphia and accepted the title of Flyers general manager, he knew he had a lot of work to do. The major problem? A lack of depth in pretty much every department.

Hextall made a conscious effort to build the organization up via the draft. Gone are the days of trading picks for aging veterans. They’re considered precious cargo in Hextall’s administration.

One area that is suddenly stealing the spotlight is goaltending. Hextall has stockpiled netminders over the past few offseasons and the excitement levels surrounding those prospects is starting to skyrocket. 

Even Anthony Stolarz - who was drafted under former GM Paul Holmgren - turned some heads in his NHL debut after receiving a call up to the big club (hence, why he won’t be featured in this update). 

Fans, for the first time in what seems like forever, can take solace about the future in net. With good reason, too.

What better way to begin November’s Prospect Report than with a look at arguably the top goaltender to come out of the 2016 NHL Draft? Here we go!

Updates on all Flyers prospects throughout the organization after the jump!

Prospect of the Month

Goaltender Carter Hart - Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Acquired: 2016 second-round pick (48th overall)
Season Stats: 21 GP, 14-3-3, 1.59 GAA, .939 save %, 4 SO
Monthly Stats: 9 GP, 6-1-2, 1.11 GAA, .957 save &, 3 SO

Holy smokes.

If Hart were playing a video game, you'd probably think he was in rookie mode because his numbers are insane. 

But this is real life, and the kid has been unbelievable. Hart, the first goalie selected in last summer's NHL draft, has earned back-to-back WHL Goalie of the Week honors and capped off his impressive month with three (!) consecutive shutouts. Easy to see why he was also named Goalie of the Month, huh?

He's earning every bit of praise, too. In his nine starts in November, Hart faced 233 shots on net. During his shutout streak, he's been forced to turn aside 83 shots. Easy to buy into the hype right now, eh?

What's even more exciting is that Hart has been invited to attend Canada's World Junior Camp. He's easily the favorite to win the starting job for his country as well. That'll make for a tournament to keep an eye on.

Pro Prospects

Defenseman Sam Morin - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: 2013 first-round pick (11th overall)
Season Stats: 19 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 29 PIMS, Plus-1, 32 shots
Monthly Stats: 13 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 19 PIMS, Plus-1, 24 shots

Morin scored a goal in back-to-back games for Lehigh Valley to end the month of November. That shouldn't come as a major shock. He puts a lot of shots on net and his teammates are active in trying to deflect them.

The big, burly defenseman's bread and butter, however, is his defense. He doesn't lose many battles and is a force physically. Players don't like going into the corner when Morin is on the ice.

What I've been impressed with is his ability to break up plays before they begin. He's showing good patience and is reading breakouts very well. When he's at his best, nothing is getting past Morin.

Defenseman Robert Hagg - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: 2013 second-round pick (41st overall)
Season Stats: 13 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 8 PIMS, Plus-2, 14 shots
Monthly Stats: 7 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 4 PIMS, Plus-1, 7 shots

Hagg recently returned after suffering a freak injury in early November.

A puck got up under his visor and cut his head. He told Highland Park Hockey in last Friday's home loss to Hershey that it has been tough getting back into the swing of things after suffering a concussion on the play in the November 5th game, but that he's starting to get back to where he needs to be on a regular basis.

He's back to serving as the team's fifth defenseman. That's not a cause for concern because of the depth in Allentown. Players have been fighting for roster spots, but Hagg's been fine overall.

Defenseman Travis Sanheim - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: 2014 first-round pick (17th overall)
Season Stats: 19 GP, 0 G, 9 A, 12 PIMS, Plus-5, 37 shots
Monthly Stats: 13 GP, 0 G, 5 A, 4 PIMS, Plus-3, 23 shots

Sanheim is gelling nicely with his defensive partner Morin. You can read all about that here.
The two players complement each other nicely. Morin is the shutdown guy. Sanheim is the puck-mover with an offensive upside.

Don't panic when you see Sanheim is goalless, however. He's fired 37 shots on net in just 19 games and has an accurate shot. One is bound to go in eventually. He's had quite a few of his point shots tipped home by a teammate through the first quarter of the season.

What fans should be happy about is Sanheim's growth away from the puck. He's winning position battles in front and along the boards and is showing a knack for making the right decisions.

Don't be surprised if Sanheim and Morin come up to the Flyers together. They know exactly how to get the best out of each other.

Defenseman Reece Willcox - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: 2012 fifth-round pick (141st overall)
Season Stats: 16 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 2 PIMS, Plus-7, 16 shots
Monthly Stats: 10 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 2 PIMS, Plus-9, 11 shots

It's amazing how an offensive-minded player like T.J. Brennan can rub off on a younger player.

Just ask Willcox, who collected three points in a three-game stretch in November while being paired with Brennan.

Willcox isn't noted for his offensive ability but is capable of creating plays because of his high hockey IQ. But he'll be at his best when he's tasked to shut down the opposition.

With Hagg back, Willcox was the first defenseman chosen to serve as a healthy scratch. It’s not because his play has been poor though. Max LaMarche has been fantastic - a bit of a surprise - so Willcox was the odd-man out. The Phantoms just have the luxury of depth at their disposal right now.
He's back in the lineup on the blue line as the Phantoms began December's portion of the schedule over the weekend.

Forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: 2014 second-round pick (48th overall)
Season Stats: 19 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 8 PIMS, Plus-6, 18 shots
Monthly Stats: 13 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 6 PIMS, Plus-7, 14 shots

The former high-scoring winger in the QMJHL is serving a different role than he's used to. For the first time in his career, his team isn't relying on him to score goals.

Instead, Aube-Kubel has been tasked with bringing energy on the checking line. He has the ability to finish plays if the Phantoms are in need of scoring, which hasn't been the case.

Fans have to be patient with Aube-Kubel. He’s a first-year pro. He’ll have his ups and downs.

He was also a recent healthy scratch. As long as he responds positively, it could be a good thing for his development. The talent is there, he just needs to work on being consistent.

Forward Danick Martel - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: Signed as a free agent in 2015
Season Stats: 16 GP, 4 G, 7 A, 25 PIMS, EVEN, 21 shots
Monthly Stats: 11 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 14 PIMS, Minus-1, 13 shots

Since returning from an injury, Martel has had to battle for his ice time.

With so much depth up front, the natural goal scorer may be pressing a bit. There's no need for him to try to impress the coaching staff. They know what he can do.

Martel just needs to get back to putting shots on net and mixing it up in front for position. Then the goals will come back.

Forward Radel Fazleev - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: 2014 sixth-round pick (168th overall)
Season Stats: 19 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 10 PIMS, Plus-6, 16 shots
Monthly Stats: 13 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 4 PIMS, Plus-4, 12 shots

There isn't any pressure on Fazleev in his first season as a pro, and that's been a major benefit.

Playing mostly on the third or fourth lines, the young Russian has been able to relax and just play his usual consistent two-way game.

Fazleev has also developed some nice chemistry with Aube-Kubel and even Corban Knight and has been used as a top penalty killer in the early going. All signs point to a successful NHL career as a third-line grinder with scoring potential.

Forward Taylor Leier - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: 2012 fourth-round pick (117th overall)
Season Stats: 19 GP, 5 G, 12 A, 8 PIMS, Plus-5, 47 shots
Monthly Stats: 13 GP, 5 G, 8 A, 6 PIMS, Plus-7, 30 shots

A brief reunion with Scott Laughton and Colin McDonald - basically an NHL line - did wonders for Leier's confidence.

The speedy winger picked up four goals in four games in mid-November while playing with his old linemates and has only continued to create high-quality scoring chances since then.

You have to believe he'll get another crack with the Flyers sooner rather than later. Especially if he hangs around a point-per-game pace with the Phantoms.

Forward Cole Bardreau - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: Signed as free agent in 2015
Season Stats: 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 26 PIMS, Plus-2, 13 shots
Monthly Stats: 13 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 21 PIMS, Plus-2, 11 shots

Bardreau, who missed training camp and the start of the season with an abdominal injury, is starting to get back in the swing of things.

The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder isn't being asked to produce offense but is playing an important role in the bottom-six. He's moved up and down the lineup and has brought some stability to the middle of the ice.

Bardreau is at his best when he keeps things simple. That's what Scott Gordon is looking for.

NCAA Prospects
Goaltender Matej Tomek - University of North Dakota
Acquired: 2015 third-round pick (90th overall)
Season Stats: N/A
Monthly Stats: N/A

Nothing new to report here. Tomek is still the third option at North Dakota. In fact, Cam Johnson has yet to give the net up, appearing in all 15 games this season.

Goaltender Merrick Madsen - Harvard Crimson
Acquired: 2013 sixth-round pick (162nd overall)
Season Stats: 9 GP, 6-2-1, 2.22 GAA, .915 save %, 1 SO
Monthly Stats: 2 GP, 4-2-1, 2.71 GAA, .898 save %

Madsen had a few hiccups in last month. He made just 17 saves in a 4-2 loss to Quinnipiac on Nov. 12 and allowed five goals on 31 shots in a 5-3 loss to Boston University on Nov. 22.

What impressed me, however, was how the junior netminder responded to both defeats. He shook off those poor outings and showed some resiliency to help Harvard avoid back-to-back losses in both those cases, making 33 saves in a 5-2 victory over Boston College on Nov. 18 and 32 stops in a 5-2 beatdown of Bentley on Nov. 26.

If there is one thing the Crimson can rely on, it's consistent goaltending. Madsen has emerged as one of the top goalies in college hockey over the past two seasons and is continuing to impress. Expect his numbers to improve in December.

Defenseman Mark Friedman - Bowling Green Falcons
Acquired: 2014 third-round pick (82nd overall)
Season Stats: 13 GP, 4 G, 8 A, 12 PIMS, Plus-4, 32 shots, 20 blocks
Monthly Stats: 8 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 4 PIMS, Plus-7, 18 shots, 7 blocks

Friedman is doing a stellar job driving offensive play for Bowling Green. He picked up six assists in eight games last month - including three in an 8-3 thrashing of UAH on Nov. 19 - and has fired 20 shots on target so far this year in 13 games.

When Friedman has the puck, he's calm and collected. He's relied on to start rushes and move the puck efficiently in each zone.

He's done just that. And he's been fine defensively, as well. The junior blueliner was a big reason the Falcons finished November with six wins, one loss and a tie while allowing just 15 goals against.

Defenseman David Drake - University of Connecticut
Acquired: 2013 seventh-round pick (192nd overall)
Season Stats: 10 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 4 PIMS, Even, 10 shots, 18 blocks
Monthly Stats: 5 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 2 PIMS, Minus-2, 4 shots, 12 blocks

Relatively quiet month for Drake, but that's to be expected.

The junior defenseman, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 195 pounds, doesn't play a flashy game. He keeps things simple and is known to be a solid defensive-minded guy.

Drake picked up one goal, which is really a bonus, but did the heavy work in his own end, averaging over two blocked shots per outing in November.

Defenseman Terrance Amorosa - Clarkson University
Acquired: 2013 fifth-round pick (132nd overall)
Season Stats: 7 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 8 PIMS, Plus-4, 15 shots, 4 blocks
Monthly Stats: 7 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 8 PIMS, Plus-4, 15 shots, 4 blocks

Amorosa looks like he was never injured to begin with.

The junior blueliner made his season debut on Nov. 5 after missing some time with an undisclosed injury. How did he fare? Very well, notching two assists in a 4-2 win. The next game, he notched his first goal of the season. Not bad, right?

It didn't count in the goal column but Amorosa also helped the Golden Knights - Clarkson, not Las Vegas - to a 3-2 victory over Yale on Nov. 25 by scoring in his shootout attempt. He’s off to an encouraging start to the year.

Forward Cooper Marody - University of Michigan Wolverines
Acquired: 2015 sixth-round pick (158th overall)
Season Stats: N/A
Monthly Stats: N/A

Marody still has to sit another couple of weeks before he can lace 'em up. He was deemed academically ineligible for this semester after he reportedly struggled to keep up with a course while battling mono in his freshman year in 2015-16.

Forward Wade Allison - Western Michigan University
Acquired: 2016 second-round pick (52nd overall)
Season Stats: 12 GP, 6 G, 3 A, 8 PIMS, Plus-2, 35 shots
Monthly Stats: 6 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 PIMS, Plus-2, 19 shots

Scoring a goal every other game isn't bad for a freshman forward.

Just ask Allison, who ranks second on Western Michigan with six goals in 12 games this season.

The Manitoba native excels offensively. When he has the puck, it's not for long because he's always looking to put it on net. And if there is a battle along the boards, expect him to grind. He's a hungry winger who knows where to position himself on the ice.

Forward Tanner Laczynski - Ohio State University
Acquired: 2016 sixth-round pick (169th overall)
Season Stats: 13 GP, 5 G, 13 A, 12 PIMS, Plus-14, 47 shots
Monthly Stats: 6 GP, 2 g, 5 A, 2 PIMS, Plus-6, 24 shots

All that experience playing in the USHL has certainly been beneficial for Laczynski, a freshman forward for Ohio State.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pounder is exceeding expectations, boasting an impressive 18 points in his first 13 collegiate games. He leads the Buckeyes in assists (13), points (18), and game-winning goals (2).

The Flyers haven't had much luck on late-round picks but they may have hit on Laczynski. He still has a lot of work to do to get to the NHL, but Hextall has to be pleased with what he’s seen so far.

CHL Prospects
Forward Samuel Dove-McFalls - Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Acquired: 2015 fourth-round pick (98th overall)
Season Stats: 24 GP, 4 G, 11 A, 14 PIMS, Plus-5, 65 shots
Monthly Stats: 10 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 6 PIMS, Plus-8, 32 shots

Dove-McFalls was feeling it in early November.

He racked up a goal and six assists in six games, creating plenty of chances for himself and linemates.

Then he hit a bit of a rough patch. The centerman went three straight without a point before notching another helper in his final appearance of the month.

Forward Pascal Laberge - Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Acquired: 2016 second-round pick (36th overall)
Season Stats: 9 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 6 PIMS, Minus-2, 25 shots
Monthly Stats: 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 2 PIMS, EVEN, 5 shots

Perhaps the best news of the month was that it appeared Laberge was back to 100 percent and healthy.

The Flyers' second-round pick was sidelined for a significant stretch after sustaining a concussion on a dirty hit back in October. It wasn’t until recently that he felt comfortable skating.

Laberge, however, returned to game action on Nov. 25 and even picked up an assist in the contest. He was feeling a bit under the weather on Nov. 30 and did not suit up.

Unfortunately, it was because of his previous head injury. It's unclear if he'll have to re-enter concussion protocol, but it seems likely he's still feeling the affects of the hit.

The Flyers and Tigres have to be cautious with the youngster. Rushing him back would be detrimental to his development and, more importantly, his well-being. Expect him to get the best treatment possible.

Forward Carsen Twarynski - Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Acquired: 2016 third-round pick (82nd overall)
Season Stats: 9 GP, 7 G, 4 A, 39 PIMS, Minus-4
Monthly Stats: 11 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 10 PIMS, Minus-1

It was a pretty solid month for Twarynski, who turned 19 on Nov. 24.

Not only did he celebrate a birthday, he picked up seven points, starred in a hilarious Christmas video sponsored by the Hitmen and took part in the Teddy Bear Toss game that's become a must-see event in Calgary.

Twarynski is playing big minutes, too. Calgary would probably like to see his point totals increase but he's been active. It's not like he's been invisible.

Forward Connor Bunnaman - Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Acquired: 2016 fourth-round pick (109th overall)
Season Stats: 23 GP, 10 G, 9 A, 16 PIMS, Minus-2, 56 shots
Monthly Stats: 11 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 10 PIMS, EVEN, 23 shots

Goals aren't coming as easy as they were for Bunnaman at the beginning of the season but he's still performing at a high level.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound forward snapped a four-game pointless stretch on Nov. 23 by posting two goals and an assist for a three-point night.

Since then, he's collected two more assists to extend his modest point streak to three games.

Prospects Playing Overseas
Goaltender Ivan Fedotov - Toros Neftekamsk (VHL)
Acquired: 2015 seventh-round pick (188th overall)
Season Stats: 4 GP, 1.76 GAA, .940 save %
Monthly Stats: 4 GP, 1.76 GAA, .940 save %

Fedotov finally got a chance to tend the crease and he made the most of it.

In his first start in eight months, the Russian netminder made 21 saves on 22 shots in a 1-0 loss on Nov. 18.

Fedotov hasn't played much but has been impressive when his number has been called. In four appearances in 2016, he's posted a 1.76 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. Maybe, I don't know, give him some more ice time? Let's see what he can really do.

Defenseman David Bernhardt - Djurgardens IF (SHL)
Acquired: 2016 seventh-round pick (199th overall)
Season Stats: 18 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 2 PIMS, Plus-4, 19 SOG
Monthly Stats: 10 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 PIMS, Plus-3, 10 SOG

Bernhardt is getting an extended look at the top Swedish level.

The young blueliner appeared in 10 games for Djurgardens IF last month and has been averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time per game.

He reportedly signed an extension with the club in late November as well. That's a good sign for a developing player overseas. The SHL is a league filled with high-caliber players. The fact Bernhardt can hang and will continue to play there is a plus for the Flyers.

Defenseman Linus Hogberg - Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL)
Acquired: 2016 fifth-round pick (139th overall)
Season Stats: 23 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIMS, Minus-4, 5 shots
Monthly Stats: 9 GP, 0 G, 9 A, 0 PIMS, Minus-1, 3 shots

Hogberg is another young Swede playing at the top level in his home country.

He's receiving a bit more of the rookie treatment, however. The agile defenseman received less than nine minutes of ice time in eight out of his nine appearances last month while serving in a bottom-pair role.

Forward Mikhail Vorobyov - Salavat Yulaev (KHL)
Acquired: 2015 fourth-round pick (104th overall)
Season Stats: 33 GP, 3 G, 6 A, 12 PIMS, Plus-2, 26 shots
Monthly Stats: 10 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 2 PIMS, Minus-3, 8 shots

Much like last season, Vorobyov's minutes have been sporadic at best.

Last month, he went from logging as much as 16:04 in one game to 1:41 in another.

That's the risk you run when you draft players from Russia. Hard to believe that can be positive for a young player's development. But I digress. (Hard to tell I’m not a fan of how prospects are brought along in Russia, right?)

Forward Oskar Lindblom - Sweden Brynäs IF (SHL)
Acquired: 2014 fifth-round pick (138th overall)
Season Stats: 22 GP, 7 G, 14 A, 8 PIMS, Plus-11, 39 shots
Monthly Stats: 8 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 PIMS, Plus-4, 12 shots

You don't become one of the top scorers in the SHL out of nowhere.

Lindblom is looking more and more like the real deal with each passing game. He is physically dominating men at just the age of 20 in a professional league. This isn't junior or college hockey we're talking about.

His biggest improvements have been on breakouts and the physical side of the game. He always had a unique skillset, but everything is starting to catch up to his high hockey IQ/instincts.

The key? Lindblom completely understands the North American style of hockey. He's even using it to his advantage.

Whether that translates to the NHL or not remains to be seen. But don't be surprised if this kid turns out to be an excellent third-liner or even impact Flyer in a year or two. He’s looked that good.

Forward David Kase - Piráti Chomutov (Czech)
Acquired: 2015 fifth-round pick (128th overall)
Season Stats: 15 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 6 PIMS, EVEN
Monthly Stats: N/A

Kase has not played in nearly a month with an undisclosed injury.

The last time he suited up was in the U20 Four Nations Tournament, in which he recorded a goal and two assists in three games to help his team come in third place.

No need for panic, though. He was expected to return for his club’s first game in December.

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Goaltender Alex Lyon - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Acquired: Signed as a free agent in 2016
Season Stats: 11 GP, 7-3-1, 2.46 GAA, .920 save %, 1 SO
Monthly Stats: 9 GP, 7-1-0, 1.88 GAA, .932 save %, 1 SO

With Anthony Stolarz in Philadelphia, the net in Lehigh Valley belongs to Lyon.

That's exactly what he prefers, too. Lyon recently said he'd rather be the guy between the pipes. He's never been part of a tandem before.

Lyon's playing so well that it might be his crease to keep when Stolarz gets back. He's thriving as a starter right now and allowed just 17 goals in nine starts last month.

Hextall knew he was signing a special goalie when he targeted Lyon. That's why the Flyers were willing to burn a year on his entry-level contract to get him.

What Lyon brings is a calming influence and real confidence in the defensive zone. His rebound control is superb, and he hasn't really given up any soft goals. You have to earn it if you want to score on this kid.

Goaltender Felix Sandstrom - Sweden Brynäs IF (SHL)
Acquired: 2015 third-round pick (70th overall)
Season Stats: 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.23 GAA, .909 save %, 1 SO
Monthly Stats: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1.30 GAA, .950 save %, 1 SO

If Sandstrom is building a case for more playing time, he's doing a damn good job.

The young Swede won all three of his starts in November while allowing just four goals on 80 total shots. He also picked up his first shutout of the season on Nov. 12, making 25 saves in the victory.

You'll be hearing his name a lot in the next few weeks. Sandstrom was named on Sweden's preliminary roster for the World Junior Championship and is a top candidate for the starting role in net.

Defenseman Philippe Myers - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Acquired: Signed as an undrafted free agent in the summer of 2015
Season Stats: 16 GP, 6 G, 9 A, 26 PIMS, Plus-11, 56 shots
Monthly Stats: 10 GP, 3 G, 8 A, 12 PIMS, Plus-4, 31 shots

After missing a few games with a concussion, Myers returned to Rouyn-Noranda on Nov. 5. His first two games were a little choppy, but he quickly put those rough appearances behind him.

On Nov. 11, the towering defenseman registered a goal and two assists in a 4-3 loss to Quebec. He's been rolling ever since.

Myers, in his last year at the junior level, has at least a point in six of his last eight games and has two goals and five assists in his last five tilts overall.

Yeah, he's back to form.

Oh, and he'll also attend Team Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp along with Hart. It'd be surprising if he doesn't serve in a big role for the club by the time the tournament begins.

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Forward Tyrell Goulbourne - Reading Royals
Acquired: 2013 third-round pick (72nd overall)
Season Stats: 6 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 9 PIMS, EVEN, 4 shots
Monthly Stats: N/A

The Phantoms' depth cost Goulbourne a roster spot for the time being.

The high-energy winger was sent to Reading of the ECHL after serving eight consecutive games as a healthy scratch.

The goal here is to get Goulbourne playing time. There's still a chance he can turn out to be a key AHL or even NHL player because of his physical edge, but there simply isn't room for him in the AHL right now.

Forward Anthony Salinitri - Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Acquired: 2016 sixth-round pick (172nd overall)
Season Stats: 13 GP, 10 G, 12 A, 17 PIMS, Minus-4, 77 shots
Monthly Stats: 11 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 15 PIMS, EVEN, 40 shots

After a torrid start to the season, Salinitri has come back down to earth.

The offensively-gifted forward has struggled as of late, going four straight without a point and posting a minus-7 rating during that stretch.

Nothing seems to be going right for him at the moment, but it's not a major cause for concern. He's still getting opportunities, as evidenced by his nine shots on goal on Nov. 26. Let him work it out.

Forward German Rubtsov - Russkie Vityazi (MHL)/Vityaz Podolsk (KHL)
Acquired: 2016 first-round pick (22nd overall)
Season Stats: 15 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 16 PIMS, Plus-2 (MHL) 12 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 4 PIMS, Minus-2 (KHL)

Fresh off an impressive showing at the Canada/Russia Series, Rubtsov was rewarded with a call up to the KHL.

Unfortunately, that means a major drop in playing minutes. Since returning to Vityaz Podolsk, he's yet to eclipse seven minutes of ice time.

The good news? The first-round pick was named to Russia's World Junior Championship camp roster. He'll at least be a major player on that club. He’s just not receiving much of a chance to showcase his first-round worthy ability in the KHL. That’s frustrating for himself, fans and probably the Flyers’ organization. He can’t get to North America soon enough.

Final Thoughts
Hextall and company have to be pleased with how things are unfolding for the prospects. After all, it was just a few years ago that the team had virtually no high-end prospects at any position.

Fast forward to 2016, and each position is looking up. Way up.

The Flyers have players developing at a rapid rate at forward, defense and in net. These are exciting times.

Now we have to stay realistic because it’s very unlikely every single one of these kids will pan out. There is still a lot to learn and a lot of hockey to be played. That starts with the month of December. On we go!

Edited by: Tony Androckitis


perttu junnonaho said...

I have to wonder what is it about the treatment that Tyler Coulbourne get"s, cause he is just the kind of player every team needs on they"re roster! Because of the treatment Tyler get"s as a young and growing player, i have to wonder what kind of message this sends to our other prospects who are working they"re way to NHL! Slawery who has taken Tyler"s place in the Phantoms fourth line left wing will never gonna play in our big club the Flyers and that is why i don"t see any sense playing him instead of Tyler! So we must promote Tyler back to the Phantoms as quickly as possible and not slow his development as a player, because Tyler would not weaken the Phantoms a bit, in fact quite the opposite, because all teams need players like Tyler who will bring that important swagger and character to they"re teams play!

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