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Flyers take six more prospects at Draft

Eighth overall pick Couturier highlights Flyers' 2011 selections

Saturday, 06.25.2011 / 5:35 PM / News
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Flyers take six more prospects at Draft
The Philadelphia Flyers held the eighth overall pick and selected six prospects at the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota.
 
“I’m happy about our draft,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. “Obviously we have a big center in the first round that we all really like and with the guys we drafted from the third round to the seventh round we got bigger. We’ve added skill and competitiveness as well.”

In the first round on Friday, June 24, the Flyers selected highly-touted forward Sean Couturier with the eighth overall selection.

The Flyers had a total of five selections on Saturday, June 25 in rounds two through seven. All prospect information is listed below:

Round 1 (EIGHTH overall)
Sean Couturier, C, Drummondville - QMJHL

Round 3 (68th overall)
Nick Cousins, C, Sault Ste. Marie - OHL

Round 4 (116th overall)
Colin Suellentrop, D, Oshawa - OHL

Round 4 (118th overall)
Marcel Noebels, LW, Seattle - WHL

Round 6 (176th overall)
Petr Placek, RW, Hotchkiss HS - Connecticut

Round 7 (206th overall)
Derek Mathers, RW, Peterborough - OHL

FIRST Round – EIGHTH overall
Sean Couturier: Center (Drummondville – Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Born on December 7, 1992 in Phoenix, Arizona … 6’4’’, 197-pounds … Shoots left.


Couturier recorded 36 goals and 60 assists for 96 points in 58 regular season games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season. He led the team in assists (60), tied for the team lead in points (96 – 4th in QMJHL) and finished second on the team in goals (36). He also led the club in plus/minus rating (+55 – 2nd in QMJHL), points-per-game (1.66), and tied for the team lead in short-handed goals (4).

Couturier led his team in the QMJHL playoffs with 11 points (6G-5A) in 10 games and was later named the QMJHL’s Most Valuable Player, the Top 2011 Draft Prospect and selected a First-Team All-Star.

In 2009-10, Couturier led the QMJHL in scoring with 96 points (41G-55A), becoming the first 17 year-old to lead the league in scoring since Sidney Crosby (Rimouski) in 2004-05. He also led the team with a plus/minus rating of +62.

Over the course of three seasons, all with Drummondville, Couturier has recorded 86 goals and 137 assists for 223 points in 184 regular season games, finishing with a career plus/minus mark of +141. He also recorded 37 points (17G-20A) in 43 career QMJHL playoff games.

THIRD Round – 68th overall
Nick Cousins: Center (Sault Ste. Marie – Ontario Hockey League)
Born on July 20, 1993 in Belleville, Ontario … 5’10’’, 166-pounds … Shoots left.


Cousins recently completed his second season of junior hockey. He recorded 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points in 68 regular season games, more than doubling his totals from his rookie season. Cousins led his team in goals (29) and power-play goals (12), and ranked second in both assists (39) and overall points (68).

“He’s an energy player. Good skills, speed and just a highly competitive kid,” said Holmgren. “He’s one of those guys that gets underneath the other team’s skin a little bit too.”

In two full seasons with the Greyhounds, Cousins has recorded 100 points (40G-60A) in 135 games.

FOURTH Round – 116th overall
Colin Suellentrop: Defenseman (Oshawa – Ontario Hockey League)
Born on June 10, 1993 in Plantation, Florida … 6’1’’, 193-pounds … Shoots right.


Suellentrop completed his second season in the OHL with the Generals where he recorded 14 points, all assists, 70 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +21 in 59 regular season games. In his two seasons of play, he has compiled 20 points (1G-19A) and 144 penalty minutes in 113 regular season games.

FOURTH Round – 118th overall
Marcel Noebels: Left Wing (Seattle – Western Hockey League)
Born on March 14, 1994 in Toenisvorst, Germany … 6’2’’, 195-pounds … Shoots left.


In his first season of play in North America, Noebels recorded 28 goals and 26 assists for 54 points in 66 games for the Thunderbirds. He finished second on the team in goals (28) and third in points (54).

“Marcel is obviously a great, big kid with good hands,” said Holmgren. “He’s a hard-working kid who wants to play in the NHL. I know he’s been telling a lot of people he wants to be a Flyer.”

Noebels also represented Germany at the 2011 World Junior Championships, recording three points (1G-2A) in seven games, and at the 2009 World Under-18 Championships.

SIXTH Round – 176th overall
Petr Placek: Right Wing (Hotchkiss High School – Connecticut)
Born on December 28, 1992 in Slany, Czech Republic … 6’4’’, 210-pounds … Shoots right.

 
Placek played just seven games for Hotchkiss High School in Connecticut, recording seven goals and six assists for 13 points in that span. He is also committed to play for Harvard University in the Fall of 2011.

“He’s a projection right now,” said Holmgren. “Another big kid with good skill and is a decent skater right now. When you draft a guy and you know he’s going to college, you get all of those years to watch him.”

SEVENTH Round – 206th overall
Derek Mathers: Right Wing (Peterborough – Ontario Hockey League)
Born on August 4, 1993 in Strathroy, Ontario … 6’3’’, 226-pounds … Shoots right.


In his first season of play in the OHL, Mathers recorded five points (1G-4A) and 171 penalty minutes in 55 games for the Peterborough Petes.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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