Although size is not the necessity it once was in the NHL, it certainly helps a player’s chances of being drafted by an NHL organization. That wasn’t the case for Moncton, New Brunswick native Phillippe Myers, as he was passed over seven times in 2015 draft. This didn’t come as much of a surprise, as two goals, six assists and a minus fourteen weren’t the most attractive stats in such a deep draft, but he earned a camp invite from Ron Hextall and the Philadelphia Flyers nonetheless.
Myers, along with at the time Kootenay Ice and current Red Deer Rebel Sniper Luke Philp, were undrafted camp invites who showed up to the Vorhees Skate Zone for development camp in hopes of earning a spot in the farm system. While Luke Philp was sent home empty-handed, Myers not only walked away with a 3-year entry-level contract, he left New Jersey with confidence and the chance to be a top pairing defenseman in the QMJHL with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
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Myer’s second-year stats were below average, and his rookie campaign the year prior held him without a goal and just four assists, despite being a plus ten. The 2015-2016 season, however, would hold different fortunes for the young mammoth blueliner. In 47 games so far, he has potted 13 goals to go along with 21 assists for a total 34 points, nearly triple his two seasons combined in half of one season. What is even more impressive is that Myers is currently sporting a plus 30 in a league full of talented young scorers.
The addition of San Jose Shark’s first round pick in 2015, Timo Meier, has turned the Huskies into a legit contender for a QMJHL Title and quite possibly its first ever Memorial Cup since they were located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec in 1970. They currently hold a 38-8-3-1 record for 78 points, which is good for second place, trailing only the Val-D’Or Foreurs (38-9-2-1) led by 2016 draft hopeful Alex Gauthier and none other than Flyer’s 2014 second round pick and speedy winger Nicholas Aube-Kubel with a league leading 78 points in the QMJHL standings.
Myers’ sudden breakout season is music to the ears of Flyers’ General Manager Ron Hextall, who has built a potential dynasty of explosive defenseman who hope to enter the NHL in the coming years. While such players as Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg are seen as staples on the Philadelphia blue line for the near and distant future, along with Calder Trophy hopeful Shayne Gostisbehere, undrafted workhorse Philippe Myers may be a potential hidden gem. Myers has one more year of junior eligibility in which he could very well become a Team Canada hopeful in the World Junior Championship. Myers, along with NCAA offensive defenseman Mark Friedman, could possibly form a Morin-Ghost like pairing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in
Myers has one more year of junior eligibility in which he could very well become a Team Canada hopeful for the World Junior Championship. Myers, along with NCAA offensive defenseman Mark Friedman, could possibly form a Morin-Ghost like pairing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2017-2018 as both are NHL hopefuls with two very different builds and skill sets.
8th overall in WHL scoring for defenseman, Myers has plenty of time to develop, especially considering Hextall’s adamant patience with prospects, more so with Myers considering the critical position he plays. Speaking logically, we as flyer fans will most likely not see Myers in the Orange and Black for at least two to three years unless he has a dynamite development camp. Although he is not a right-handed shot, he has a 6’4 frame and a lanky 206-pound build. If he develops well and builds muscle to his frame, Ron Hextall may have found a hidden gem and yet another piece of his defensive dynasty.