Monthly Flyers Prospect Update: September/Early October
@ keeps you up to date on the status and statistics of all the Flyers prospects as they play in junior and foreign leagues
(stats up to date as of October 3, 2016)
The start of a season is important to any player. It is important to get off to a good start to your season as it can boost your confidence as the season progresses. In late September and parts of early October, many Flyers prospects have been sent back to their junior teams in the CHL. This past weekend, a lot of them played their first few games. Let’s take a look at how they started their 2016-17 regular season:
Samuel Dove-McFalls (C, St.John Sea Dogs, QMJHL) played his first two games of the season recently. However, the 4th round pick in 2015 failed to get on the scoresheet in either of them. He did rack up two minor penalties, though. Dove-McFalls was injured most of last season and struggled to produce offence but he’s looking for a big bounce-back season.
Season Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0PTS, +0, 4 PIM
Pascal Laberge (C/RW, Victoriaville, QMJHL) recently played his first 2 games of the season for Victoriaville. His team was shutout 4-0 in his season debut, but he bounced back scoring a goal the next day to help secure a 7-5 victory. Laberge is looking to add more muscle and strength this season, as well as round out his game.
Season Stats: 2 GP 1G, 0A, 1PTS, -1, 0 PIM
Philippe Myers (D, Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) was sent back to juniors on October 2nd, so he didn’t get a chance to get into any QMJHL game action so far. Myers should make his season debut on Friday, October 7, after an impressive 2015-16 season.
Anthony Salinitri (C, Sarnia, OHL) played 3 games in 3 days to start his season, and he racked up some points. In his season debut he put up 2 assists, and in his third game, he scored his first goal of the year. The Flyers 2016 6th round pick is off to a good start. Salinitri is a good two-way forward that will play in all situations for Sarnia this season. He will likely end up being their first line center as the season moves along.
Season Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, +0, 2 PIM
Connor Bunnaman (C/LW, Kitchener, OHL) had a really nice start to his season. On October 1st, in his season debut, he scored his first goal. Two days later, he racked up 3 points (2G 1A) to help Kitchener crush Sudbury 9-3. It is extremely early on in the year, but the Flyers 4th round pick in 2016 is already looking like a steal.
Season Stats: 2GP, 3G, 1A, 4PTS, +1, 2 PIM
Carsen Twarynski (LW, Calgary, WHL) played his season debut on October 1st, but his team was shutout 4-0 by Lethbridge. Twarynski managed to get himself a 5 minute fighting major and a total of 7 penalty minutes in the game. Twarynski will look to get his first points of the season on October 7th as the Hitmen take on Kamloops.
Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0PTS, -1, 7 PIM
Carter Hart (G, Everett, WHL) played the first two games of his season last weekend. Hart, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Year, won his first game of the season, stopping 31/32 shots in a 3-1 victory. He followed that up with a good performance, stopping 24/27, but it was not enough. Everett fell 3-2 in overtime, which resulted in Hart’s first loss of the season.
Stats: 2GP, 1W, 0L, 1OTL, 1.94GAA, .932SV%, 0 SO
An Update From Across the Pond…
Oskar Lindblom (LW, Brynas, SHL) is off to a phenomenal start to his season. The 20-year-old has put up some very impressive numbers in the top men’s league in Sweden. Lindblom, a 5th round pick of the Flyers back in 2014, looks to have top-6 forward potential in the near future.
Stats: 3G, 3A, 6PTS, +3, 0 PIM,
Felix Sandstrom (G, Brynas, SHL) does not have great numbers for a goaltender, but he is 2-0, and it is hard to judge a goaltender’s numbers after just two games. Without a doubt, Sandstrom has potential to be a number one goalie in the NHL someday, especially after an impressive 2015-16 season with Brynas. Sandstrom will likely split the 2016-17 regular season 50-50 with goalie David Rautio.
Stats: 2GP, 2W, 0L, 2.50GAA, .857 SV%
Linus Hogberg (D, Vaxjo, SHL) has split time this season with Vaxjo in the SHL and the J20 junior team in the Swedish Junior League. He has put up some impressive numbers in the junior league, and has not played poorly in limited ice time with the big club. The fact that he has already played 4 games with the big club is remarkable in itself, especially considering Hogberg turned 18 years old last month.
Stats with Vaxjo: 4GP, 0G, 0A, 0PTS, 0 PIM, +0
Stats with VaxjoJ20: 4GP, 0G, 3A, 3PTS, 0 PIM, -1
David Bernhardt (D, Djurgardens, SHL) has played only 1 game in the SHL this season, but 6 games in the Swedish Junior League, where he has ridiculously good numbers. The Flyers 7th rounder is off to a very good start to the season, and he could find himself as a regular 5th or 6th defenceman in the SHL sometime this season.
Stats with Djurgardens: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0PTS, +0, 0 PIM
Stats with DjurgardensJ20: 6GP, 4G, 5A, 9PTS, 6 PIM, +2
David Kase (C/RW, Chomutov, Czech Extraliga) has moved up from 4th line center to 2nd line RW over the past 3 or 4 games, and his offensive production and ice time has increased. There is no reason to believe that Kase will be demoted back to the 4th line, either. As long as he continues to produce offence and play responsible defence, do not be surprised if we see him on the 2nd line all season.
Stats: 7GP, 1G, 1A, 2PTS, 4 PIM, -1
German Rubtsov (HC Vityaz, KHL) has had a frustrating start to his season. He hasn’t played a KHL game since September 24th, after blocking a shot early in a game and not returning. He has recently been playing in the MHL on rehab. If you’re unfamiliar, the MHL is a junior league and nobody over the age of 20 plays there. Rubtsov has struggled to get ice time this season in the KHL, but has been getting first line minutes and scoring goals in the MHL. There is a chance Rubtsov will be back playing in the KHL later this week, but there is also a chance he remains in the MHL for the time being.
Stats (KHL) 7GP, 0G, 0A, 0PTS, 4 PIM, -2
Stats (MHL) 3GP, 2G, 1A, 3PTS, 2 PIM, +2
Mikhail Vorobyov (Salavat Ufa, KHL) has seen his offensive numbers go up over the past few games, which is a really good sign. He’s been centering the 4th line for Salavat Ufa for the entire year, but he has slowly begun to receive more ice time. Vorobyov is expected to be the number one center for Team Russia at the World Juniors this year.
Stats: 13 GP, 2G, 2A, 4PTS, 4 PIM, +1
Ivan Fedotov (G, Toros Neftekamsk, VHL) has yet to play a game this season. He has been the backup goalie for a few games.