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Development Camp: Prospects to Watch

As Development Camp begins, keep an eye on these future Flyers

Wednesday, 07.09.2014 / 10:00 AM / News
By Julie Bacanskas
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Development Camp: Prospects to Watch
As Development Camp begins, keep an eye on these future Flyers
Tomorrow, 26 Flyers hopefuls, including the team’s six 2014 draft picks, are set to kick off Development Camp at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. Among the 12 forwards, 13 defenseman, and four goalies attending are well-known prospects Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin, Scott Laughton, and Shayne Gostisbehere.

All eyes will be on these four over the next week with last month’s NHL Draft and the 2013-2014 season both still fresh in mind.



Travis Sanheim

Selected 17th overall less than two weeks ago, Sanheim will get his first real taste of Flyers hockey during Development Camp.

A two-way player who skates and sees the ice well, the defenseman’s jump from 167th to 53rd on the North American skaters ranking shows a glimpse of Sanheim’s potential as strong blueliner. Ultimately this speedy development was the deciding factor for the Flyers when selecting the 18-year-old.

During his rookie season with the Calgary Hitmen, Sanheim notched six goals and 25 assists over 67 games with a plus-25 rating. He also played on the U-18 Canada World Championship team, being noted as a standout for his solid play.



Samuel Morin

Standing at 6-foot-6, Morin is a prospect who grabs a lot of attention because of his size and is compared to former Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger time and time again.

Using his large frame to his advantage, Morin is known for his physical play, which accounts for the 121 PIM he accumulated over 54 games with Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL this past season.

Additionally, Morin had seven goals, 24 assists, and a plus-12 rating this year.

Since his selection at 11th overall last year, Morin has worked to develop as a blueliner, placing a strong emphasis on building muscle, fine-tuning his offensive skills, and becoming a better all-around player.



Scott Laughton

Laughton has been one of the Flyers most talked about prospects over the past few years, especially after suiting up for five games at the start of the 2012-2013 season. Since then, the center has had a lot of success at the junior level with the Oshawa Generals.

The 6-foot-1 forward scored 40 goals and 47 assists in 54 games played with the Generals last year. His competitive nature and grit only adds to his overall game.

While Laughton’s offensive skills are a force to be reckoned with, the forward also has another major quality as a player. Laughton is a leader.

Laughton not only wore the “A” for Oshawa this past season, but he also served as the captain of Team Canada during the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, which took place in Sweden this past December and January.

With his multifaceted game, Laughton is definitely a player to watch this upcoming week during camp.



Shayne Gostisbehere

Drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft, Gostisbehere has demonstrated rapid development over the past season, which is why he has decided to forgo his senior year at Union and sign an entry-level contract.

During his 2013-2014 run with the Dutchmen, the 5-foot-11 defenseman tallied nine goals and 25 assists in 42 games.

Gostisbehere led the team to the 2014 NCAA Championship title, contributing one goal and two assists, all with a record plus-seven rating, to defeat Minnesota in the final. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four following the performance.

While on the smaller side, the 21-year-old uses this size to his advantage, especially offensively. He’s not only fast, but also skilled with the puck.

Despite his offensive strengths, Gostisbehere has improved the defensive side of his game since being drafted to become a better-rounded player whose future potential has the Flyers very excited.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 62 19 45 4 64
C. Giroux 61 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 62 24 18 -2 42
M. Streit 62 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 62 12 23 -3 35
S. Couturier 62 12 14 -2 26
M. Del Zotto 50 7 17 -7 24
M. Read 62 5 18 -9 23
M. Raffl 47 13 3 4 16
V. Lecavalier 44 7 9 -9 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 13 7 .925 2.26
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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