Flyers CHL Prospect Playoff Update
Although the Flyers may have missed the playoffs, some of their prospects and recent draft picks are still participating in the CHL playoffs for their respective teams. Let’s take a look at how they’ve performed thus far:
Samuel Dove-McFalls (C/LW, Saint John): The powerhouse Sea Dogs currently have a perfect record of 8-0 so far in the playoffs after sweeping Rimouski and Val d’Or in the first and second round, respectively. Dove-McFalls has been lights out on the faceoff dot, winning roughly 65% of his draws. The Flyers 2015 4th round pick 2015 has 1 goal in the playoffs, and that was an overtime winner against the Foreurs on April 7th. Sea Dogs will take on Chicoutimi in the third round, who upset the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in a seven game series in the second round. It is worth noting that the Flyers must sign Dove-McFalls to a contract before the draft, or else they will lose his rights and he will re-enter the draft.
Dove-McFalls’ 2016-17 Regular Season Stats: 65GP, 17G, 36A, 53PTS, +21
Dove-McFalls’ Playoff Stats: 8GP, 1G, 3A, 4PTS, +5, 85/130 on faceoffs
Pascal Laberge (RW, Victoriaville): Laberge and the Tigres were swept out in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. The Flyers 2016 2nd round pick scored 2 goals in the 4 matches. Laberge never really got back into form after a concussion that he suffered on October 15th.
Laberge’s 2016-17 Regular Season Stats: 46GP, 12G, 20A, 32PTS, -11
Laberge’s Playoff Stats: 4GP, 2G, 0A, 2PTS, -3
German Rubtsov (C/LW, Chicoutimi): It was announced before the playoffs that Flyers 2016 1st round pick German Rubtsov would miss the QMJHL playoffs in its entirety with a broken hand. It has been an up and down, injury-plagued season for Rubtsov to say the least. He has broken his foot, nose, hand in a matter of 8 months. If Chicoutimi were to advance to the Memorial Cup, Rubtsov may be healthy enough to return. However, the Saguenéens would have to upset the number one seeded Saint John Sea Dogs in the third round.
Rubtsov’s 2016-17 Regular Season Stats: KHL: 15GP, 0G, 0A, 0PTS, -4
MHL: 15GP, 7G, 8A, 15PTS, +2
2017 World Juniors: 5GP, 0G, 0A, 0PTS, -1
QMJHL: 16GP,9G, 13A, 22PTS, +11
Rubtsov’s Playoff Stats: N/A
Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL): The Huskies were upset in the second round by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, a series which lasted seven games. After starting off the playoffs hot, scoring 8 points in his first 7 games, Philippe Myers hit a bit of a cold patch. The undrafted defenceman was held pointless and was a minus-4 in his next four games. Myers will be joining the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for their playoff run in the AHL now that his QMJHL season is over.
Myers’ 2016-17 Stats: QMJHL: 34GP, 10G, 25A, 35PTS, +21
World Juniors: 4GP, 0G, 3A, 3PTS, +1
Myers’ Playoff Stats: 13GP, 3G, 6A, 9PTS, -1
Connor Bunnaman (C/LW, Kitchener): Kitchener lost in the 1st round to a powerful Owen Sound squad in 5 games. Bunnaman missed two of the games due to suspension, but he was an impactful player when in the lineup. The 6-foot-3 winger scored 4 goals in 3 playoff games but was a minus-8. With the regular season and playoffs combined, Bunnaman scored a grand total of 41 goals in 67 games.
Bunnaman’s 2016-17 Regular Season Stats: 64GP, 37G, 15A, 52PTS, -5
Bunnaman’s Playoff Stats: 3GP, 4G, 0A, 4PTS, -8
Anthony Salinitri (C/RW, Sarnia): The 8th seeded Sarnia Sting were swept out in the 1st round by the Erie Otters, to no one’s surprise. Flyers 2016 6th round pick Anthony Salinitri tallied 1 assist in 4 playoff games and won approximately 43% of his faceoffs.
Salinitri’s 2016-17 Stats: 66GP, 28G, 30A, 58PTS, -19
Salinitri’s Playoff Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, 1PTS, -6
Carsen Twarynski (LW, Kelowna): The Kelowna Rockets are off to the 3rd round of the WHL playoffs. Carsen Twarynski has 5 points in the 10 playoff games he’s played, but has missed 1 game due to suspension. The 6-foot-3 physical forward got off to a start in the playoffs, but has cooled off recently, tallying just 1 point in his last 6 games.
Twarynski’s 2016-17 Stats: Calgary: 36GP, 10G, 11A, 21PTS, -11
Kelowna: 28GP, 7G, 15A, 22PTS, +19
Twarynski’s Playoff Stats: 10GP, 3G, 2A, 5PTS, +2
Carter Hart (G, Everett): Carter Hart was phenomenal in the first round of the playoffs. He lead Everett to an incredible Game 6 victory that lasted 8 periods (5 overtimes)! Hart made 64 saves in the longest game in CHL history! The Silvertips were then swept out in the 2nd round by the Seattle Thunderbirds. Still, a very impressive season for the 6-foot-2 goaltender who racked up a total of 10 shutouts! It was announced on April 15th that Hart would be joining the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the AHL playoffs now that his WHL season has come to an end. The 18-year old netminder may not suit up in an AHL game, but simply just practicing with the pro club is invaluable experience.
Hart’s 2016-17 Stats: WHL: 34-11-2, 1.99GAA, .927SV%, 9 SO
2017 World Juniors: 4GP, 2.38GAA, .906SV%
Hart’s Playoff Stats: 4-6, 2.43GAA, .908sv%, 1 SO
CHL Prospects still participating in the playoffs: Samuel Dove-McFalls, German Rubtsov (injured), Carsen Twarynski
CHL Prospects Eliminated from the playoffs: Pascal Laberge, Philippe Myers, Anthony Salinitri, Connor Bunnaman, Carter Hart
An Update From The SHL
The SHL finals is currently going on in Sweden, a battle between Brynäs and HV71. The best-of-seven series is currently tied 1-1. Two Flyers prospects’ play for Brynäs: 6-foot-2 left winger Oskar Lindblom and athletic goaltender Felix Sandström.
Lindblom has 1 goal in the series, that coming in Game 1 which resulted in a 5-2 Brynäs loss. He has been dominant throughout the playoffs, scoring 14 points in 15 games.
Sandström has been Brynäs’ starter for almost 10 consecutive games now. He took over after veteran goalie David Rautio was ill. The Flyers 2015 third round pick has posted a 2.98 goals against average and .898 save percentage so far in the playoffs.
Game 3 between Brynäs and HV71 will take place on Thursday, March 20th.