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Flyers Prospect Update

A season recap of the Flyers junior, collegiate and minor league prospects.
Monday, 05.06.2013 / 4:54 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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Flyers Prospect Update

One of the questions that I have been asked a lot since the season ended last month has been, "How have the Flyers prospects looked this season?"

I figured the easiest way to answer it was to list them all here and have you decide for yourself.

Please note that players who had a good look with the Flyers this season - like Tye McGinn, Oliver Lauridsen and Erik Gustafsson are not included.

Neither are injured players like Marc-Andre Bourdon, Eric Wellwood or Ben Holmstrom as I will have further updates on them later this week.

So, without further adieu, the prospects:

Nick Luukko

Luukko, 21, finished his sophomore season at the University of Vermont by playing a more substantial role with the team as one of their starting defensemen.

In 36 games with the Catamounts, Luukko finished with three goals and seven assists for 10 points and 26 penalty minutes.

Luukko (6-2, 205) was originally drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round (No. 179 overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Michael Parks

Parks, 21, battled through a series of injuries in his sophomore season at the University of North Dakota.

The versatile forward played just 25 games for UND finishing with seven goals and one assist for eight points and 31 penalty minutes.

As a freshman in 2011-12, Parks posted 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 42 games, and is expected to be a top line player at North Dakota as a junior next season.

Parks (5-11, 190) was selected by the Flyers in the fifth round (No. 149 overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Shayne Gostisbehere

Gostisbehere, 20, completed a successful sophomore season at Union College that also saw him earn a gold medal for Team USA in the World Junior Championships in January.

While at Union, the standout defenseman finished with eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points and 39 penalty minutes in 36 games.

For Team USA he compiled one goal and one assist in seven games en route to the gold medal.

Gostisbehere (5-11, 170) was drafted by the Flyers in the third round (No. 78 overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Fredric Larsson

Larson, 18, spent the entire season with Brynas of the Swedish Junior Elite League. In 41 games there, Larsson, a defenseman, had four goals and six assists for 10 points and finished with 134 penalty minutes. He was also a plus-1.

Larsson (6-3, 182), was selected by the Flyers in the fourth round (No. 111 overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He is expected to skate for Brynas again next season.

Reece Willcox

Willcox (5-11, 190), 19, played 34 games as a freshman defenseman at Cornell University this season and finished with zero goals and five assists for five points with eight penalty minutes.

This was after spending two seasons in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, where the Flyers drafted him in the fifth round (No. 141 overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Valeri Vasiliev

Vasiliev (6-1, 205), 18, played 11 games for Moscow Spartak in the KHL this season, picking up one assist for one point.

Although his time with the big club in the KHL was brief, Vasiliev got to play with and against several former NHLers, including on his Spartak team, former Flyers Branko Radivojevic and Stefan Ruzicka and former Flyers draft pick Denis Bodrov.

Vasiliev was drafted by the Flyers in the seventh round (No. 201 overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Derek Mathers

Mathers, 19, is a bruising right wing who has now twice played in the AHL for the Adirondack Phantoms upon completion of his junior season.

This season Mathers potted 10 goals and added 19 assists for 29 points and 125 penalty minutes in 64 games for Peterborough of the OHL.

He concluded the season by playing 12 games with the Phantoms and scored his first professional goal March 30th against Bridgeport.

Mathers (6-3, 225) was drafted by the Flyers in the seventh round (No. 206 overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Taylor Leier

Leier, 19, averaged nearly a point-per-game for the high-flying Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. In 64 games, Leier had 27 goals and 35 assists for 62 points playing left wing on Portland’s second line.

He has kept up a similar scoring pace in the playoffs for the Winterhawks with eight goals and five assists for 13 points in 17 games so far. Portland is tied 1-1 with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL Finals.

Leier (5-11, 178), was selected by the Flyers in the fourth round (No. 117 overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Scott Laughton

It was a wildly successful season for Laughton, who got to play at three different levels as one of the Flyers top prospects.

He started the season as a center for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL, before being invited to training camp with the Flyers in January.

He made the team out of camp and got to play five games in the NHL before being returned to Oshawa to finish his junior season.

In 49 games with the Generals, Laughton had 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points.

In the playoffs he was on a torrid pace with seven goals and six assists for 13 points in seven games, before a suspension for a check-from-behind knocked him out of the second round, and his team was eliminated.

He finished the season with the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL where he registered his first professional points, scoring a goal and adding two assists for three points in six games.

Laughton (6-1, 177), was the Flyers first round pick (No. 20 overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and is expected to make a hard push for a roster spot with the big club in training camp next September.

Nick Cousins

Cousins, 19, had a monster season as a center for Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. He finished with 27 goals and 76 assists, for 103 points in 64 games to lead the Greyhounds by 37 points over his next-closest teammate.

He finished third in the OHL overall in scoring and added three goals and three assists for the Greyhounds in six playoff games before they were eliminated.

He finished his season by playing seven games for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and posted one assist.

Cousins (5-11, 177), was a third round pick (No. 68 overall) of the Flyers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Anthony Stolarz

After starting the season with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Stolarz, 19, made the switch to the OHL and hasn’t looked back.

Starting in goal for much of the time since his arrival with the London Knights in January, Stolarz finished the regular season with a 13-3-2 record, a 2.29 goals against average and a .920 save percentage in 20 games.

And in the playoffs, he’s been even better.

Stolarz is 13-2-1 with a 2.23 GAA and a .933 save percentage as the Knights are knotted at 1-1 in the OHL Finals with the Barrie Colts.

Stolarz (6-6, 220), was drafted in the second round (No. 45 overall) by the Flyers in the 2012 NHL Entry draft.

Jason Akeson

After being disappointed that he had to start the season with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL, Akeson, 22, was able to finish by seeing his childhood dream come true.

He spent 14 games as a right wing with the Titans where he scored two goals and added eight assists for 10 points before being recalled to play for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.

There, he went on to score 20 goals and pick up 33 assists to finish with 53 points in 62 games and lead the Phantoms in scoring for the second consecutive season.

His diligence paid off and he was rewarded with a call up to the Flyers where he got to play in his first NHL game on the final day of the season. He went on to score a goal in that game at Ottawa.

Akeson (5-10, 190), was signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent in March, 2011 upon the completion of his final junior season with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.

Marcel Noebels

Noebels, 21, had success at two different levels in his first season of professional hockey.

He started the season as a left wing with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL and had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 31 games before being recalled to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL where he continued to score.

While with the Phantoms he had 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 43 games.

He is currently playing for Germany in the World Championships in Sweden and Finland.

Noebels (6-2, 205), was a fourth round draft choice of the Flyers (No. 118 overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tyler Hostetter

Hostetter, 22, spent the entire season with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL where he amassed 16 assists in 38 games.

It was Hostetter’s fourth season with the Flyers organization as he has bounced back and forth as a defenseman with both the Titans and the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL after playing four years in the OHL with the Erie Otters.

Hostetter (5-11, 185), was signed as a free agent by the Flyers in September, 2009.

Matt Mangene

Mangene, 24, bounced back and forth between the ECHL and the AHL in his first pro season as he made the transition from defense to right wing.

He played 36 games with the Adirondack Phantoms where he had five goals and six assists for 11 points. While with the Titans he had zero goals and six assists for six points in 14 games.

Mangene (5-11, 190), was signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent in April, 2012.

Kyle Flanagan

Flanagan, 24, finished his collegiate career with an impressive season at St. Lawrence University. He had 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points in 35 games as a center and was under consideration for the collegiate player of the year as a Hobey Baker Award nominee.

Upon the completion of his time at St. Lawrence, Flanagan (5-9, 179), signed a free agent contract in March with the Flyers.

He played 13 games for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and posted one goal and six assists for seven points while in Glens Falls.

Tyler Brown

Brown, 23, spent the season with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and had three goals and three assists for six points in 55 games as a center.

It was his second season with the Phantoms after a solid career with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

Brown, 6-2, 184, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Flyers in March, 2011.

Matt Konan

Konan, 21, started the season rehabbing from an offseason injury and had to play five games for the Trenton Titans of the ECHL where he had one assist before rejoining the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.

While with the Phantoms, the smart defenseman played in 45 games and picked up two goals and four assists for six points.

He played well enough that he got a shot with the Flyers, playing in two games for the big club in the final week of the season.

Konan (6-3, 182), was signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent in March, 2012 after four seasons with Medicine Hat of the WHL.

Andrew Johnston

Johnston, 21, spent his first professional season splitting time between the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL before having his season end because of a concussion.

In 29 games with the Phantoms, the left winger had two goals and three assists for five points, while in 18 games for the Titans he had three goals and eight assists for 11 points.

Johnston (6-1, 178) was signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent in May, 2012 after a standout career in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, most recently with the Humboldt Broncos where he had 81 points in 58 games in 2011-12.

Cullen Eddy

Eddy (6-0, 195), 24, was a fixture on the Adirondack (AHL) blue line this season, posting two goals and three assists for five points and 120 penalty minutes in 70 games as a stay-at-home defenseman.

It was his third season with the Phantoms, but his first after signing a new contract with the Flyers organization last July.

Mark Alt

Alt, 21, finished his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota with seven assists in 39 games this season as a junior.

He then decided to sign his first pro contract, inking a deal with the Flyers in March.

Alt played in six games on defense for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and posted one goal and one assist.

Alt’s rights were acquired by the Flyers in January in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes that brought Brian Boucher back to the organization in exchange for minor league prospect Luke Pither.

Alt (6-3, 205) was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round (No. 53 overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Brandon Alderson

Alderson (6-4, 195), 21, wrapped up a productive OHL career with Sault. Ste. Marie this season when he posted 28 goals and 36 assists for 64 points in 67 games as the right wing alongside fellow Flyers prospect Nick Cousins.

Alderson added a goal and three assists for four points in six playoff games for the Greyhounds.

He signed his first pro contract with the Flyers in March and ended up playing nine games for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL where he had two assists.

Cal Heeter

Heeter, 24, played his first professional season in goal with both the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.

He was 3-3-0 with the Titans with a 3.18 GAA and a .900 save percentage, but was better with the Phantoms, posting a 12-16-3 record with a 2.92 GAA and a .908 save percentage.

Upon the completion of his AHL season, Heeter was placed on the U.S. World Championship roster where he is with the team now in Sweden and Finland.

Heeter (6-4, 195), signed with the Flyers in the Spring of 2012 after finishing his collegiate career at the Ohio State University.

Brandon Manning

Manning, 22, was an AHL all-star this season and posted six goals and 15 assists for 21 points and 135 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Adirondack Phantoms where he was an alternate captain.

Manning fought through a couple injuries as well and eventually made it back to the NHL where he had appeared in four games last season.

This time around, Manning posted two assists in six games with the Flyers.

Manning (6-1, 195), was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Flyers in November, 2010 out of Chilliwack of the WHL.

Petr Straka

Straka, 20, had a sensational season for Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QJMHL posting a team-leading 41 goals and 41 assists for 82 points in 55 games to help them reach the league finals.

So far in the playoffs, Straka has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 16 games as his team trails Halifax 2-0 in the final series.

Straka (6-0, 195) was originally a second round pick (No. 55 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but went unsigned by Columbus. The Flyers signed him as a free agent last month.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @AnthonySan37

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 30 11 26 8 37
C. Giroux 30 8 27 7 35
W. Simmonds 30 14 8 3 22
B. Schenn 30 9 13 6 22
M. Streit 30 4 15 4 19
S. Couturier 30 7 8 -1 15
M. Read 30 3 8 -6 11
M. Raffl 22 8 1 2 9
M. Del Zotto 24 2 6 -6 8
N. Schultz 29 0 7 7 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 6 10 4 .918 2.58
R. Emery 5 4 1 .899 3.05
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