In the lead up to the Flyers Season, We’ll take a look at the Flyers prospects and young players. Unlike normal ranking systems, we asked fans who they thought was the best at each position. Based on fan votes we give you a bit of information about who you think will make the biggest impact on the franchise. We start with the runners up and by the end, we’ll take a look at who fans think are the best prospects in the system.
By Josh Bright (@FiveontheFly)
Left Wing – Carsen Twarynski (Calgary Hitmen):
There was a lot of talk during the draft when the Flyers took Twarinski in the 3 round and whether they could’ve taken someone with more talent. Twarynski fits the mold of what Hextall wants in his lineup. Size, speed, solid 2-way play and the ability to put the puck in the net and create space for teammates with his 6’2 frame.
Carsen is your ideal power forward who scored 20 goals and 25 assists in his sophomore season with the Calgary Hitmen, who notably produced Flyers’ prospects Travis Sanheim and Radel Fazleev. Look for Carsen to hit the 30-goal mark next season.
Center – Mikhail Vorobyov (Salavat Yulaev UFA):
The Flyers saw Vorobyov as 2nd round talent that fell to them in the 4th round in 2015. Vorobyov is one of many prospects that Hextall sees as a smart 2-Way player with offensive upside. German Rubstov most notably tops the list of centers they have drafted to play Haxstol’s system, but many see Vorobyov as a speedy bottom 6 player who can play in all situations.
It would not be too surprising if Vorobyov ended up being one of best teenagers in KHL this season & Russia’s 1C at WJC. #Flyers
— Alexander Appleyard (@avappleyard) August 16, 2016
Last season Vorobyov filtered in and out of the KHL lineup and was a point-per-game (23 points in 21 games) player in the MHL. He is expected to take a full-time role next season with Salavat Yulaev UFA in the KHL.
Right Wing – Cole Bardreau (LV Phantoms):
Cole Bardreau will be entering his 3rd season as a Lehigh Valley Phantom. Many have given him a shot to make the Flyers’ bottom 6, but he will likely start out in the AHL. He accumulated 30 points (13g 17a) in 54 games after being an undrafted college free agent signing in the 2014-2015 season.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) August 6, 2016
Defense – Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies):
Last year, Phil Myers wouldn’t have been given a single vote. Now, he has propelled himself ahead of one of the big 5 and the rest of blue line-hopefuls in the Flyers’ pipeline. In his first two seasons with the Huskies, he compiled 2 goals, 10 assists and a -4 in 106 games. He went Undrafted but was invited to the Flyers’ camp and left with a contract. He then went on to a 17 goal, 28 assist campaign with a whopping +52 in 63 games. He was dynamic in the memorial cup playoffs with 4 goals, 12 assists, +17 in 20 games. He has set the bar high for next season in Rouyn-Noranda and is just one more season away from being with the phantoms.
In his first two seasons with the Huskies, he compiled 2 goals, 10 assists and a -4 in 106 games. He went undrafted but was invited to the Flyers’ camp and left with a contract. He then went on to a 17 goal, 28 assist campaign with a whopping +52 in 63 games. He was dynamic in the memorial cup playoffs with 4 goals, 12 assists, +17 in 20 games. He has set the bar high for next season in Rouyn-Noranda and is just one more season away from being with the phantoms.
Goaltender – Felix Sandstrom ( Brynäs IF):
I was a tad surprised that Felix Sandstrom was pushed out of the top 3 by voters, but at the same time blown away by how talented of a goaltending pool the Flyers are working with.
Certainly better period by CAN in 2nd. They could have bridged the gap if not for strong goaltending from #Flyers prospect Felix Sandstrom
— Ryan Yessie (@RyanHPscout) August 5, 2016
Sandstrom was an impressive starting goaltender at 19 years old last season for Brynäs IF, and the youngest starting goaltender in the SHL since Jakob Markstrom of the Vancouver Canucks. Sandstrom is a poised goaltender who is blessed with exceptional athleticism and a great work ethic. He will command the crease next season in Brynas and for Sweden in the World Juniors.