Notable Phantoms performers this week:
Philippe Myers (D): 2 GP, 4 shots, 6 PIM
Undrafted Free Agent
While it wasn’t a great weekend for the Phantoms in general, Myers certainly struggled. He was a -2 in the game on Friday. That was even with 4 of the 7 goals coming on the power play.
Mark Friedman (D): 2 GP, 3 shots, 6 PIM
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall
As with Myers, Friedman was held off the scoresheet and was a -2 on the weekend. His lack of discipline on Friday (all six of his penalty minutes) cost the Phantoms.
Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (RW): 2 GP, 4 shots, 10 PIM
2014 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
After a superb effort in the season opener (2 goals, 1 assist), NAK falls short and then some. He had two penalties on Friday and three on Saturday. He needs to promptly cut that crap out. He had 86 PIM in 72 games last season (not including some suspensions as well).
German Rubtsov (C): 2 GP, 3 shots
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall
Rubtsov was lucky enough to have the game-winning goal in the season opener and then followed it up with the winning goal in the shootout on Saturday.
Carsen Twarynski (LW): 1 GP, 3 shots
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall
Twarynski only made it into Friday’s game, but was held pointless. He has 0 points on 5 shots in his first two games this season.
Taylor Leier (LW): 2 GP, 4 shots
2012 4th Round Pick, 117th overall
Nothing exciting for Leier who played his first two games of the season this weekend. He was held pointless, but did score a goal during the shootout on Saturday.
David Kaše (RW): 1 GP, 1 goal, 3 shots
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall
Kaše’s first professional goal brought the game within a goal on Saturday. You can see it here.
Connor Bunnaman (C): 2 GP, 0 shots
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall
Bunnaman makes his professional debut this weekend, but with little fanfare. The 20 year old had 50 points (27 G, 23 A) in his final OHL season last year.
Carter Hart (G): 1 GP, 4 GA, 12 saves
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
That’s a bit of cold water, huh? Hart started Friday’s eventual 7-0 loss and eventually was pulled for Anthony Stolarz (who gave up 3 goals on 16 shots for what it’s worth).
Notable Canadian junior performers this week:
Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 1st Round Pick, 27th overall
- 10/10 - 1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots, 15 for 24 FOW
- 10/12 - 3 assists, 4 shots, 2 PIM, 13 for 21 FOW
- 10/14 - 6 shots, 2 PIM, 11 for 17 FOW
Not a bad week for Frost who now has 15 points (5 G, 10 A) in his first 10 games of the season. Here is his power play goal from Wednesday.
Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall
Isaac Ratcliffe has had points in 8 of his 9 games this season and now sits at 13 overall (7 G, 6 A). He had a nice setup for an OT winning goal here.
Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall
- 10/12 - 0 shots, 5 for 6 FOW
- 10/13 - 3 shots, 4 for 8 FOW
- 10/14 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots, 2 for 8 FOW
Matthew Strome scored on this nice wrap-around effort on Sunday. He has 9 points (3 G, 6 A) in 10 games.
Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall
Make that three straight games without a point for Sushko. He has just 3 assists in 9 games this season. Sushko was very streaky last season, but still finished with 60 points in 60 games as a second year OHL player.
Wyatte Wylie (D), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2018 5th Round Pick, 127th overall
Wylie might shoot the puck more than most forwards do. He has 36 shots on goal and 8 points (2 G, 6 A) in his first 9 games of the season.
Egor Zamula (D), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Undrafted Free Agent
Eight games and no points for Zamula, who was signed to a contract after an impressive tryout at Flyers training camp.
Notable European performers this week
Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
Högberg continues to log second pairing (some games bordering on top pairing) minutes for Växjö. Though, still no points through eight games.
David Bernhardt (D), Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall
- 10/13 - 1 assist, 9:25 TOI
Bernhardt played his most minutes of the season on Friday and tallied his first point as well.
Adam Ginning (D), Linköping HC (SHL)
2018 2nd Round Pick, 50th overall
- 10/11 - 1 shot, 19:02 TOI
No points through nine games for the 18 year old defenseman, but luckily enough keeps getting 2nd pairing minutes with Linköping.
Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall
- 10/11 - 1 shot, 15:45 TOI
With no points last Thursday, Lycksell sits at 4 points (1 G, 3 A) in 9 games this season.
Marcus Westfält (C), Brynäs IF (SHL)
2018 7th Round Pick, 205th overall
There were no games this week for Brynäs IF.
Felix Sandström (G), HV71 (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
- 10/13 - DNP
After sitting out HV71’s only game this week, Sandström’s SV% remains at .911.
Samuel Ersson (G), Västerås IK (Allsvenskan)
2018 5th Round Pick, 143rd overall
What an incredible start to a career for Ersson, who now holds a .933 SV% through his first five games.
Ivan Fedotov (G), Toros Neftekamsk (VHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall
- 10/13 - 0 GA, 16 saves
All things remain incredibly positive for Fedotov in 18/19. He has a .955 SV% through five games.
Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall
A couple of good games like last week will help Ustimenko drag his save percentage back up to a respectable level. He holds a .912 SV% through 15 games.
Notable collegiate performers this week
Joel Farabee (LW), Boston University
2018 1st Round Pick, 14th overall
Farabee picks up his first collegiate goal in his second official game of the season. He scored on this short-handed attempt. Farabee will have a lot of eyes on him this season.
Tanner Laczynski (C), Ohio State University
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall
Not a flashy start to his junior season for Laczynski, but he was able to dish out a couple of assists to propel OSU in a two-game sweep of Arizona State on the road. Laczynski finished the 2017-18 season with 47 points (17 G, 30 A) in 41 games and was considered one of the top college forwards in country.
Gavin Hain (C/W), University of North Dakota
2018 6th Round Pick, 174th overall
Hain gets his first collegiate point in Saturday’s game. His team was swept by Matt Read’s own Bemidji State.
Jay O’Brien (C), Providence College
2018 1st Round Pick, 19th overall
O’Brien has been kept off the scoresheet in his first three games this season. We hope to see that offensive creativity soon.
Brendan Warren (LW), University of Michigan
2015 3rd Round Pick, 81st overall
No official game this week for Michigan as they played an exhibition match against US Under-18 National Development team. Warren didn’t have any points in the game.
Noah Cates (LW), University of Minnesota-Duluth
2017 5th Round Pick, 137th overall
It’s been a fine collegiate start for Cates, who has 3 points (1 G, 2 A) in his first four games.
Wyatt Kalynuk (D), University of Wisconsin
2017 7th Round Pick, 196th overall
Kalynuk is interesting as a sophomore player in that he is already 21 years old. Last season he put up 25 points (3 G, 22 A) in 37 games. If Saturday’s game was any indication of what is to come, we are in for a fun ride this year.
Matej Tomek (G), University of Nebraska-Omaha
2015 3rd Round Pick, 90th overall
For historical reference, Tomek was in college prior to this season on University of North Dakota’s squad during 12016-17. He only saw time in two games and then decided at the end of the season to leave the university, enter the USHL for a season and then join a new college hockey program the following year in hopes of getting more playing time. For reason’s I’m not aware, he was apparently the 3rd stringer this weekend. I’d imagine this has to be frustrating for the now 21 year old goaltender.