Overall: 40-16-7, 87 pts
Last 2 Weeks: 5-1-0
The Phantoms continue to lead the AHL in points and are close to clinching a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Toronto Marlies are the only team even close in the overall standings, just one point behind, but the Phantoms currently hold a 9 point lead over the Atlantic division’s second place team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Travis Sanheim – D
3 GP, 1 A, +2
Unless you live under a rock you know Sanheim is with the Flyers right now. He was called up on emergency basis filling in for Robert Hagg and Johnny Oduya while they’re injured. He’s been all over the ice for the Flyers and has filled in nicely since being called up to the show.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel – RW
4 GP, 2 G, 2 A, +3
Another solid two weeks for the man they call NAK. Aube-Kubel continues to produce for the Phantoms and now has 41 points in 61 games (17 G, 24 A). He missed a few games this week with an injury, but he’s back and the Canadian should make a big impact for the Phantoms heading into the AHL playoffs.
Mike Vecchione – C
6 GP, 2 G, 2 A, +4
Vecchione continues to get himself in the right spot to score for the Phantoms. He’s all over the ice and was able to snag a game winner Sunday night in Binghamton. Vecchione should continue to see significant ice time on both special teams units in the playoffs.
Philippe Myers – D
6 GP, 2 G, 1 A, +2
Two huge goals for Philippe this week, the blue-liner is heating up at the right time. With Sanheim up with the Flyers, Myers will see an uptick minutes and that should lead to an uptick in production from the 21-year-old Canadian.
Danick Martel – LW
6 GP, 2 G, 3 A, +5
Martel was disrespectfully left out of the last prospect report, but he forced his way into this one. He’s been solid for the Phantoms and at 23 an NHL career isn’t out of the question for Martel. There’s going to be a lot of competition for the Flyers roster next year but expect Martel to be right in the thick of that battle.
Mikhail Varobyev – C
6 GP, 3 G, 4 A, +4
Varobyev has been on a heater for the Phantoms. The 21-year-old Russian only has 23 total points on the season, but 7 of them have come in the past 2 weeks. With plays like this and this, Varobyev is starting to show signs of the player who had 10 points in the 2017 World Juniors.
Other Notable Phantoms:
Sam Morin – Morin continues to battle the injury bug, no word on when he’ll be back.
Anthony Stolarz – Stolarz has been sent down to the ECHL and is likely there on a rehab spell to get him some game action before returning.
NA Juniors Prospects (2/28/18-3/13/18):
Carsen Twarynski – LW (Kelowna Rockets, WHL)
6 GP, 5 G, 2 A, +/- 0
Twarynski has played well enough over the last 2 weeks to earn himself an entry level deal with the Flyers. He now has 70 points in 66 games (43 G, 27 A) and his contract will start in 2018-19 and with his goal-scoring abilities, Twarynski could find himself in the NHL next season. For those who don’t know, the WHL was nice enough to provide a glimpse of what Twarynski can do.
Carter Hart – G (Everett Silvertips, WHL)
5 GP, 3-2-0, 2 GAA, .923 sv %
Most people would look at those numbers over the last two weeks and think “wow, that’s a great goalie.” The crazy thing is that these numbers are actually pretty bad for Carter Hart. Nonetheless, his 1.59 season GAA and .948 sv % are sure fire CHL records, and the kid is just oozing confidence, I mean look at this. Carter will be giving NHL forwards fits soon enough. There’s still no question that this kid is the real deal.
Morgan Frost – C (Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, OHL)
6 GP, 3 G, 6 A, + 8
What else is there to say about Morgan Frost? He’s now got a ridiculous 107 points in the OHL this season and he continues to dazzle night in and night out with goal of the year type goals regularly (like this beauty).Not to mention he sitting on an 11 game point streak. Get excited for Frost in orange next season, because he’s more than ready to make an impact.
Matthew Strome – LW (Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL)
6 GP, 3 G, 2 A, – 2
Another solid week production wise for Strome but his work defensively still remains a question. Hamilton is 4-2-0 in their last 6 games but for some reason Strome continues to find himself on the ice for goals against.
Isaac Ratcliffe – LW (Guelph Storm, OHL)
7 GP, 7 G, 3 A, – 7
Poor Ratcliffe is on a terrible team, but what a phenomenal week for him individually. The man had a hat trick on March 2nd in Flint, but somehow still managed to tally a -1. 10 points in his last 7 games Ratcliffe now has 65 points in 65 games on the season and has steadily improved his game all year.
Anthony Salinitri – LW (Sarnia Sting, OHL)
3 GP, 1 A, – 3
Salinitri missed a few games with injury and was quiet in the three games he appeared in. overall not a great showing for Salinitri the last two weeks.
Maksim Shushko – RW (Owen Sound Attack, OHL)
6 GP, 2 G, 2 A, – 2
Shushko was the second of two entry-level signees this week. He’s got 30 goals in 57 games this season and 55 points total. He continues to show the skillset required to break into the NHL in the future.
Pascal Laberge – C (Quebec Remparts, QMJHL)
4 GP, 2 G, 4 A, + 1
Two weeks ago I mentioned that Laberge might have turned the corner with a nice couple weeks of production, and this week Laberge continued his hot streak. He now has a point in each of his last 8 games and has 46 points in 61 games this season. Laberge has been spectacular with 15 points (5 G, 10 A) over the 8 game point-streak. Hopefully, this means Laberge is finally starting to live up to expectations that made him a second round selection in 2016.
German Rubstov – C (Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL)
6 GP, 2 G, 5 A, + 5
Both QMJHLers are playing phenomenally right at the end of the season. Rubstov has a lot of pressure to perform being the Flyers first rounder in 2016, and he’s been hot since the start of march and has 43 points in 47 games this season.
Noah Cates – LW (Omaha Lancers, USHL)
4 GP, 2 G, 3 A, – 1
Cates is another Flyers prospect who started slowly this season, but has really turned it up over the past month. He now has 42 points in 48 games. Cates is committed to Minnesota-Duluth, so expect to see him in a Bulldog sweater next season which will give him a chance to really show what he can do.
NCAA Prospects (2/28/18-3/13/18):
Cooper Marody – C (University of Michigan)
3 GP, 2 G, 3 A, + 4
Marody continues to shine for Michigan and this week he was able to lock up the B1G scoring title. He has an outstanding 46 points (14 G, 32 A) in 37 games. Cooper continues to set his teammates up and put goals away. It’s important to remember that if Marody gets to the end of next season without signing a contract with the Flyers he’ll be able to choose his destination in the NHL and he’s a prospect that they won’t want to lose, Marody’s Wolverines lost in the B1G conference semi-finals but will definitely be invited to the NCAA tournament, so there’s still more Marody to come.
Tanner Laczynski – LW (Ohio State University)
3 GP, 1 G, 2 A, +/- 0
Laczynski finished just behind Marody for the B1G scoring title 42 points (15 G, 27 A) in 37 games. However, Laczynski got the last laugh as Ohio State took down Michigan in the semifinals of the B1G tournament and will play Notre Dame this weekend in the B1G conference championship. When it comes time for the NCAA tournament Ohio State is likely to be a 1-seed regardless of the outcome, so Laczynski will certainly see some more action this season.
Terrance Amorosa – D (Clarkson University)
3 GP, 1 G, + 2
Amorosa was quiet offensively, but shined through on defense for the Golden Knights in their 2-1 series win over Colgate in the ECAC tournament. He’ll get a huge test this Friday when Clarkson faces team USA olympic standout Ryan Donato and Harvard in the ECAC semifinals. Good Luck TA!
Wyatt Kalynuk – D (University of Wisconsin)
2 GP, 2 A, -1
In 2 straight losses to Marody’s Michigan Wolverines, Kalynuk tallied 2 power play assists and played well. At 14-19-4 Wisconsin’s not going to make the NCAA tournament, so Kalynuk’s season is over, he finished with 25 points (3 G, 22 A) in 37 games.
European Performers (2/28/18-3/13/18):
Felix Sandstrom – G (HV71, SHL)
3 GP, 1-2-0, 3.33 GAA, .870 sv %
We finally saw some Sandstrom with HV71 and it could’ve gone better. But, the positive news is one of those games was in the SHL playoffs and Sandstrom looks to be their first option continuing in the playoffs. He’s still one of the best goalie prospects out there, but is worth keeping and eye throughout HV71’s playoff run.
Linus Hogberg – D (Vaxjo Lakers, SHL)
5 GP, 1 G, + 3
19-years-old and playing at the top level of the SHL, Hogberg finished the season with 6 points (2 G, 4 A) in 42 games and played on the second pair the last 6 games of the season. Hogberg has proven that he can skate with the best this season in Sweden, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Flyers elect to leave him in Sweden next season or bring him over to skate with the Phantoms.
Kirill Ustimenko – G (MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg, MHL)
4 GP, 3-1-0, 2.25 GAA, .911 sv %
Ustimenko finished the season and entered the MHL playoffs strong, but he had a tough 5 GA performance against Krasnaya Armiya in the playoffs, but he was otherwise solid once again. We’ll continue to keep tabs on Ustimenko as he doesn’t have the same name recognition as Hart and Sandstrom, but he certainly is talented.
In general, it was a solid week for the Flyers prospects. The Phantoms continue to dominate, you can’t say enough about the skill of Morgan Frost, Cooper Marody captured the B1G scoring title, Tanner Laczynski played a big role in getting his team to his conference championship, 2 young prospects signed entry-level contracts with the Flyers, Travis Sanheim made the leap back into the NHL, and 2016’s top 2 picks seem to be heating up right at the end of the year. There’s really nothing of major concern in the Flyers system at this point, exciting times in Philadelphia.