Flyers Prospect of the Week
Every week, @futureofphilly will highlight one Flyers prospect that has stood out from the past 7 days. The feature will include stats, analysis, honorable mentions, and more.
(stats up to date as of October 24th)
This week’s top prospect: Anthony Salinitri
A sixth-round pick of the Flyers in last June’s draft, prospect Anthony Salinitri has had a nice start to his season.
Salinitri plays for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Despite being without high-end talents like Pavel Zacha, Jakob Chychrun, and Travis Konecny, (that last one sounds familiar!) the Sting sit in 2nd in the OHL’s western conference. Thanks in large part to the play of Salinitri, the Sting have a record of 8-3-1.
The Sting played two games this week, and Salinitri was outstanding. On October 20th, in a game against the Peterborough Petes, the 5 foot 11 Salinitri recorded 3 goals, 1 assist, and a plus-3 rating as the Sting won 6-1 in dominating fashion. One of those three goals came on the penalty kill. It was Salinitri’s first career OHL hat trick.
The Sting were back in action a day later, taking on the Oshawa Generals. Salinitri was promoted to the first line after his impressive game. Sarnia was not playing as well as the night before, and they ended up losing 6-2. However, Salinitri did manage to tally an assist, giving him 3 goals and 2 assists in his last two OHL games.
Anthony Salinitri’s 2016-17 season stats with Sarnia: 10GP, 5g, 8a, 13pts, -2, 2PIM
In 62 OHL games last season, Salinitri put up 17 goals and 13 assists, a total of 30 points. This year, he’s on pace to score more than double that!
Salinitri is a solid two-way center that can play in all situations. He plays the power play, penalty kill, and a lot of even strength minutes for Sarnia. He definitely has the potential to become a bottom-6 NHL player one day. He’s responsible defensively and it seems as though the offensive side of his game is starting to come around nicely.
Honorable Mentions for Flyers Prospect of the Week
Connor Bunnaman (Kitchener, OHL): 2 goals and 2 assists in last 5 OHL games
Danick Martel (Lehigh Valley, AHL): 2 goals, 1 assist, +1, in last 3 AHL games
Tanner Laczynski (Ohio State, Big-10 NCAA) 2 goals, 2 assists in last 3 games