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Phil Myers notches a pair of goals and German Rubtsov fires in a game-winner

2017 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Notable Phantoms performers this week:

Philippe Myers (D): 3 GP, 2 goals, 10 shots, 2 PIM
Undrafted Free Agent

Myers scored a goal in Friday and Saturday’s contest. They were his first goals of the season. He had all of five goals last season in 50 games. It would be a rather safe bet to peg him in the double-digits by the end of the season if all goes well.

Mark Friedman (D): 3 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall

It took until February of last season for Friedman to score his first AHL goal. He’s now accomplished that in five games this season. The 22 year old has four points (1 G, 3 A) in his first six games. You can see his goal here.

Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (RW): 3 GP, 2 assists, 3 shots
2014 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall

After no points last weekend, NAK picks up a pair of assists in Friday’s game. He has five points (2 G, 3 A) in six games.

German Rubtsov (C): 3 GP, 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 shots
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall

Rubstov seems to be finding himself rather quickly in his first season in the AHL. He has three goals and one assist in his first six games. Rubtsov had two goals in Saturday’s game, including the game-winner. Here is one of his goals.

Carsen Twarynski (LW): 3 GP, 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 PIM
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall

Twarynski notches his first point of the season in Friday’s game.

Taylor Leier (LW): 3 GP, 2 assists, 9 shots, 5 PIM
2012 4th Round Pick, 117th overall

Leier had a pair of assists in Saturday’s game. They were his first points of the season. After spending all of the 2017-18 season with the Flyers, I can’t imagine he is very happy being back in Lehigh Valley.

David Kaše (RW): 2 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall

Kaše netted his second goal of the season on Sunday while on the power play.

Connor Bunnaman (C): 2 GP, 1 assist
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall

Bunnaman got his first career AHL point in Saturday’s game.

Carter Hart (G): 2 GP, 8 GA, 53 saves
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall

Hart was in net for Friday and Saturday’s losses. The young netminder has struggled so far this season, giving up 15 goals in his first four games. He has a .865 SV%.


Notable Canadian junior performers this week:

Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 1st Round Pick, 27th overall

  • 10/17 - 1 goal, 3 assists, 2 shots, 10 for 17 FOW
  • 10/19 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots, 4 PIM, 11 for 21 FOW
  • 10/20 - 2 assists, 2 shots, 18 for 27 FOW

This was...a very good week for Frost. He now has 24 points (8 G, 16 A) in 13 games and is one point off the league-lead. See some highlights here, here and here.

Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall

  • 10/19 - 5 shots, 2 PIM
  • 10/20 - 2 shots, 4 PIM
  • 10/21 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 shots, 6 PIM

So uh, Isaac, can you please cut out on the extracurricular stuff? He had misconduct penalties in Friday and Saturday’s games and has 26 penalty minutes in 12 games. Anyway, with three points on Sunday, he has 16 total points (9 G, 7 A).

Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall

  • 10/17 - 4 assists, 4 shots, 7 for 12 FOW
  • 10/19 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots, 3 for 7 FOW
  • 10/20 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 shots, 4 PIM, 2 for 3 FOW

Wednesday’s four-assist game was the first of his junior career. Strome has 18 points (6 G, 12 A) in 13 games this season. He is trending to have his best season (point-wise) of his OHL career.

Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall

Sushko entered this week with just three assists in nine games. He was able to double his point-total with his first two goals of the season. We knew Sushko was better than what he had been putting out, so it’s encouraging to see that his season might start taking off offensively.

Wyatte Wylie (D), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2018 5th Round Pick, 127th overall

  • 10/19 - 1 assist, 4 shots, 2 PIM
  • 10/21 - 1 assist

The points don’t stop coming for the offensive defenseman. Wylie now sits at 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in 11 games. He has also put 40 shots on net so far.

Egor Zamula (D), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Undrafted Free Agent

Zamula hadn’t recorded a point in his first eight games of the season before getting four assists last week.


Notable European performers this week

Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall

  • 10/18 - 1 shot, 15:06 TOI
  • 10/20 - 6 shots, 18:12 TOI

Lots of shots for Högberg this week, but still not points in his first 10 games this season.

David Bernhardt (D), Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall

  • 10/18 - 1 shot, 12:57 TOI
  • 10/20 - 1 shot, 13:14 TOI

No points for Bernhardt, but increased ice time following a brief injury to start the season.

Adam Ginning (D), Linköping HC (SHL)
2018 2nd Round Pick, 50th overall

  • 10/21 - 1 shot, 10:36 TOI

Another SHL defenseman who has yet to put up a point in his first 10 games.

Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall

With no points again this week, Lycksell sits at four points (1 G, 3 A) in 10 games.

Marcus Westfält (C), Brynäs IF (SHL)
2018 7th Round Pick, 205th overall

Marcus Westfält didn’t play any games for the big club or the J20 squad, with some hypothesizing that he is likely injured.

Felix Sandström (G), HV71 (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall

Sandström sits out both games this week. He also was the backup last week. Not a great sign.

Samuel Ersson (G), Västerås IK (Allsvenskan)
2018 5th Round Pick, 143rd overall

With this week’s game, Ersson’s SV% slips to .921%. He also happened to be named to Sweden’s U20 squad for the upcoming 4 Nations Tournament.

Ivan Fedotov (G), Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall

Fedotov is actually up in the KHL for the moment because of an injury. He has not seen game-action as of yet.

Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall

Things have been getting better for Ustimenko, who did not look up to speed to start the season. He now has a .914 SV% in 19 games.


Notable collegiate performers this week

Joel Farabee (LW), Boston University
2018 1st Round Pick, 14th overall

  • 10/19 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 PIM
  • 10/20 - 2 shots, 2 PIM

Farabee had a goal on Friday in an exhibition game against the US U-18 Team. In official play this season, he has one goal and no assists in three games.

Tanner Laczynski (C), Ohio State University
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall

  • 10/19 - 1 assist, 1 shot
  • 10/20 - 2 goals, 6 shots

Laczynski gets his first two goals of the season on Saturday against Massachusetts. He has five points (2 G, 3 A) in four games this season. You can see his first goal here.

Gavin Hain (C/W), University of North Dakota
2018 6th Round Pick, 174th overall

Hain didn’t play this weekend and is likely out of the lineup with an injury.

Jay O’Brien (C), Providence College
2018 1st Round Pick, 19th overall

O’Brien still does not have a point through his first 4 games. He sat out Saturday’s game with an injury.

Brendan Warren (LW), University of Michigan
2015 3rd Round Pick, 81st overall

  • 10/19 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 4 PIM
  • 10/20 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 PIM

The first points of the season for Warren. That’s 2 points in 3 games on the season.

Noah Cates (LW), University of Minnesota-Duluth
2017 5th Round Pick, 137th overall

  • 10/19 - 1 shot, 2 PIM, 1 for 2 FOW
  • 10/20 - 1 goal, 2 shots

Cates now has four points (2 G, 2 A) in his first six collegiate games. These are hopefully signs of good things still to come.

Wyatt Kalynuk (D), University of Wisconsin
2017 7th Round Pick, 196th overall

  • 10/19 - 1 assist, 3 shots
  • 10/20 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots

Fun fact: Kalynuk’s six points (3 G, 3 A) are just four off the NCAA lead.

Matej Tomek (G), University of Nebraska-Omaha
2015 3rd Round Pick, 90th overall

That’s, umm...not a good debut for Tomek. He had been the 3rd string goalie leading up to Saturday’s game.