Prospect Report: The Year in Review

Updated: June 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm by Nick Borden

With the NHL and CHL seasons in the books, and the draft quickly approaching, it’s time we check in on the prospects lining the Flyers system and review how they faired this year. Quite a few of the guys made deep runs into the NCAA and CHL playoffs, and the Phantoms managed to make their way to an eastern conference finals appearance before losing to a tough Toronto Marlies team.

Phantoms:

Overall: 47-19-10, 104 pts

The Phantoms had a stellar regular season which secured them the second best record in the AHL. They were swept by Toronto in the eastern conference finals, but it was an encouraging year nonetheless.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – RW

72 GP, 18 G, 28 A, + 24

NAK had a great regular season and earned himself the third most points on the Phantoms this season with 46. He had a lot of people talking Flyers next season, but a lackluster playoff performance  means Aube-Kubel is very much on the bubble for 2018-19. It’ll take a huge preseason to get him a spot in the NHL.

Mike Vecchione – C

65 GP, 17 G, 23 A, +/- 0

Vecchione improved with every game this season and that’s everything you can ask for out of a young AHL player. He was 6th on the team in points with 40, and added 7 more points in the playoffs. Vecchione could be next man up in the NHL.

Philippe Myers – D

50 GP, 5 G, 16 A, + 12

Myers really came into his own once Travis Sanheim went back to the Flyers late in the season. He was able to get consistent minutes and really turned up his offensive production. He lead the Phantoms defensemen with 7 points in the playoffs and ate up minutes. With Morin constantly injured, Myers could be the next defensive call up from the Phantoms.

Danick Martel – LW

59 GP, 25 G, 15 A, + 16

Martel proved that he could find the back of the net this year. He had 25 goals and 8 points in the playoffs which landed him in second on the team. He’s in the running for NHL action next year, but there’s a lot of guys trying to fill few spots.

Carsen Twarynski – LW

5 GP, 1 G, 1 A, + 1

Twarnyski had a great year with the Kelowna Rockets, posting 45 goals and 72 points in 68 games. He played a few late season games with the Phantoms and managed his first goal and first assist in limited games. He appeared in two playoff games as well but failed to tally a point. Twarynski will benefit from a full year in the AHL and has the potential to develop into a decent NHL goalscorer.

Isaac Ratcliffe – LW

2 GP, 1 G, 0 A, +/- 0 

Ratcliffe had 68 points in 67 games for Guelph in the OHL, and was phenomenal in the first round of the playoffs. He earned himself a chance with the Phantoms and managed to net his first professional goal. He was recently named captain of the Guelph Storm and should be dominant in his final year in junior.

Other Notable Phantoms:

Sam Morin – Morin suffered yet another injury just three games into the AHL playoffs.

Pascal Laberge – Laberge signed an ELC and played two late season games with the Phantoms, but failed to tally a point.

NA Juniors Prospects:

Carter Hart – G (Everett Silvertips, WHL)

41 GP, 33-6-4, 1.60 GAA, .947 Sv%

Carter Hart had another special year in between the pipes. I mean look at the record… Those stats are out of this world, and he lead the WHL in both goaltending categories. He won WHL Goaltender of the year, WHL player of the year, and CHL goaltender of the year. Not to mention a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. He won’t be rushed into NHL action, but once he’s there, expectations for Hart are sky high.

Morgan Frost – C (Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, OHL)

67 GP, 47 G, 70 A, + 70

Frost added 29 points in 24 playoff games as well, but SSM fell to Hamilton in the OHL championship. Frost’s 112 points were good for second in the OHL. Frost has elite speed and hands, but his size remains a question. It’s going to take a lot of time in the weight room this offseason. Frost is certainly hoping to be on the Flyers roster next season, but there are no guarantees just yet.

Matthew Strome – LW (Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL)

65 GP, 37 G, 31 A, – 2

Matty Strome added 18 points in 20 playoff games, but most importantly for him took home the OHL trophy. Strome signed an ELC in March, but has a year of junior hockey left, and he’ll likely use it. Strome has the chance to take that leap into the elite prospect territory if he continues to improve.

Maksim Shushko – RW (Owen Sound Attack, OHL)

60 GP, 31 G, 29 A, + 13

Shusko’s Attack made it to the second round of the OHL playoffs, and he added 6 points in 10 games. He had an impressive season, averaging a point per game, but isn’t quite ready to make the pro leap yet. He signed an ELC with the Flyers this year, but will probably use his final year of junior eligibility next season.

German Rubstov – C (Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL)

49 GP, 15 G, 28 A, + 7

Rubstov added 10 points in 19 playoff games, but had the ultimate prize of the Flyers prospects this season with a Q championship and a Memorial Cup victory. His future remains in question because he has yet to show why the Flyers drafted him in the first round in 2016. Rubstov has a lot to prove as a prospect.

NCAA Prospects:

Tanner Laczynski – LW (Ohio State University)

41 GP, 17 G, 30 A, + 18

Laczynski lead Ohio State to a NCAA frozen four and was phenomenal all season. He’s got elite speed and vision on the offensive end, but he’s only a sophomore and has plenty more time to develop in college.

Terrance Amorosa – D (Clarkson University)

40 GP, 7 G, 20 A, + 22

Amorosa was solid for Clarkson this season, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be in the Flyers organization next year. He’s a big stay at home defenseman with decent speed and good vision in his own end. With the Flyers defensive core, it’d be a tough road to the NHL for Amorosa should he sign with the Flyers.

Wyatt Kalynuk – D (University of Wisconsin)

37 GP, 3 G, 22 A, – 11

Wisconsin had a down year this year, but Kalynuk showed signs of promise. The Freshman was an asset on the power play for Wisconsin, and he’ll look to build on that success with some more college experience.

Notable Europeans:

Felix Sandstrom – G (HV71, SHL)

Sandstrom had a year riddled with injuries, but at the end of the day his talent was too much to pass up on and the Flyers signed him to an ELC. He could see time with the phantoms next season, but it’s unlikely because the Flyers have about five goalies looking for AHL playing time.

Linus Hogberg – D (Vaxjo Lakers, SHL)

42 GP, 2 G, 4 A, + 9

I’ve said it all season but Hogberg is just a kid when it comes to the SHL. He added 3 assists in 13 playoff games and played some valuable minutes. He’ll be in the Sweden for a few more years, but he figures to be an intriguing prospect worth looking out for in the years to come.

Wrap Up:

There is a bright future for Philadelphia hockey. Multiple prospects made deep playoff runs and gained valuable experience for the years to come. It remains to be seen how many rookies the Flyers are going to feature next season, but they seem to be set up pretty well for the near future after that.

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