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Philadelphia Flyers prospect check: Scott Laughton, Anthony Stolarz stand out

Let's check in with some Flyers prospects and see how their seasons have begun.

Anthony Stolarz, a candidate for Team USA's World Junior team, has had quite a nice start to his OHL season.
Anthony Stolarz, a candidate for Team USA's World Junior team, has had quite a nice start to his OHL season.
Bruce Bennett

With a few prospects here and there within the Flyers' organization worth watching, we're going to try and keep you all updated every once in a while on how their seasons have been going. All stats in this post up to date through Tuesday, October 8.

Canadian Major Junior (CHL)

Scott Laughton (F, Oshawa, OHL): 3 games played, 3 goals, 6 assists
Anthony Stolarz (G, London, OHL): 5 GP, 5-0, .934 save percentage (156 saves on 167 shots), 1 SO

Samuel Morin (D, Rimouski, QMJHL): 2 GP, 0 points, 6 shots on goal, 4 PIM

Tyrell Goulbourne (F, Kelowna, WHL): 7 GP, 4 assists, 4 PIM
Taylor Leier (F, Portland, WHL): 7 GP, 4 goals, 5 assists, 6 PIM

Notes: Laughton seems to have taken his demotion back to the CHL in stride -- he spent his first weekend there scoring three points per game, which is, uh, impressive. Unsurprisingly, he was named the OHL Player of the Week for his return ... Stolarz's London Knights are 5-0 when he starts and 0-1 when he doesn't, and more importantly, the save percentage there is quite nice -- tops in the league through Tuesday's games ... Morin suffered a hand injury about two weeks ago and has been sidelined since. He should be back in action when Rimouski plays this weekend ... Leier is playing on an absolutely stacked Portland team, so much so that his 1.29 points per game is just third on his own team in scoring, but that doesn't detract from his performance so far. Good to see him succeeding.


Robert Hagg (D, MODO, SHL): 10 GP, 3 assists, 2 PIM, 14 shots on goal, 16:23 per game

Valeri Vasiliev (D, Spartak, KHL): 10 GP, 1 assist, 4 PIM, 3 shots on goal, 14:38 per game

Notes: From the looks of things, Hagg's ice time has dropped a little bit as the season's gone on, which isn't that surprising for an 18-year old in Sweden's top league, but it seems like he's getting some chances there. He's sixth among MODO defensemen in ice time per game ... Vasiliev suffered an injury in September that kept him out of play for four games. He's fifth among their defensemen in ice time per game, but based on how little he's shooting the puck, it looks like he's played more of a stay-at-home role there.

American junior

Frederic Larsson (D, Youngstown, USHL): 6 GP, 1 assist, 17 PIM, 4 shots on goal
Terrance Amorosa (D, Sioux City, USHL): 2 GP, 1 assist, 3 shots on goal
David Drake (D, Des Moines, USHL): 4 GP, 0 points, 2 shots on goal

Merrick Madsen (G, Minot, NAHL): 2 GP, 1-1-0, .904 save percentage (47 saves on 52 shots)

Notes: Amorosa missed the opening week of the USHL season with an injury, per Bill Meltzer ... Madsen is the backup on his NAHL team, and has started just two of Minot's eight games.


The AHL began its regular season this past weekend. The Phantoms won their season opener last Saturday, 4-3, in overtime. Goals were scored by Ben Holmstrom, Tye McGinn, Jason Akeson and Brandon Manning.

Defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere and Reece Willcox, both in the NCAA, will begin play in mid-October.

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