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Linus Högberg and Adam Ginning score their first goals of the season

2017 NHL Draft - Portraits Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Notable Phantoms performers this week:

Philippe Myers (D): 3 GP, 1 goals, 2 assists, 5 shots, 2 PIM
Undrafted Free Agent

Myers put up all of his points last week in Saturday’s win against Binghamton. The talented defenseman now has 6 points (3 G, 3 A) in 9 games.

Mark Friedman (D): 3 GP, 2 assists, 3 shots, 2 PIM
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall

Mark Friedman’s offensive game continues to makes strides this season. He notched a pair of assists in Wednesday’s win against Hartford. Friedman has 6 points (1 G, 5 A) in 9 games.

Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (RW): 2 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots
2014 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall

NAK notches a goal and assist on Saturday to bring his season total to 7 points (3 G, 4 A) in eight games. After the Flyers got trounced in their game against the Islanders, NAK got the call-up along with Tyrell Goulbourne. If you follow Brad Keffer (and you should at this point), you’d notice he’s been doing quite well for the Phantoms.

German Rubtsov (C): 3 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall

You have to be encouraged by the point production thus far for The Germ. He has 4 goals and 2 assists in his first nine AHL games. Rubtsov struggled last season in the QMJHL.

Carsen Twarynski (LW): 2 GP, 1 shot, 7 PIM
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall

Nothing to report on with Twarynski this week. He has only 1 point (an assist) in seven games.

Taylor Leier (LW): 2 GP, 1 assist, 3 shots
2012 4th Round Pick, 117th overall

Leier picked up an assist on Wednesday... but was a healthy scratch in Sunday’s game. It came as a surprise to most of us that Leier wasn’t one of the players called up on Sunday.

David Kaše (RW): 2 GP, 2 shots, 2 PIM
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall

Kaše was held off the scoresheet in the games he played this week. He has 4 points (2 G, 2 A) in his first six career AHL games.

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

Bunnaman got his first career AHL goal in Sunday’s loss!

Carter Hart (G): 1 GP, 2 GA, 29 saves
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall

By far Hart’s best effort of the season and the only in five games in which he has given up fewer than 3 goals. His SV% rose slightly to .880.


Notable Canadian junior performers this week:

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

  • 10/25 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 15 for 25 FOW
  • 10/26 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 shots, 4 for 19 FOW
  • 10/28 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 PIM, 5 for 23 FOW

Morgan Frost is nearly at a 2 point-per-game pace with 30 (12 G, 18 A) in 16 games. He is 3 points off the OHL-lead. You can check out an awesome PP goal from Sunday here and a shorthanded goal here. It’s a shame he can’t join the AHL yet.

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

  • 10/26 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots
  • 10/28 - 1 goal, 6 shots, 4 PIM

Ratcliffe has 4 goals in his last three games and has 19 points (11 G, 8 A) overall on the season. Check out his Sunday goal here. One troubling bit about his game this season is his frequent trips to the penalty box. In his 14 games this season, he has picked up minor penalties in 9 of them totaling 30 minutes.

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

  • 10/26 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 PIM, 1 for 2 FOW
  • 10/28 - 4 shots, 4 PIM

Despite the quiet week, Strome still has 19 points (6 G, 13 A) in 15 games this season. He is well on pace to have his best season of his junior career.

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

  • 10/26 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots
  • 10/27 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 4 PIM
  • 10/28 - 3 shots

Another good week for Sushko who continues to improve after his slow start. He has 6 points in his last six games and 9 (3 G, 6 A) overall on the season in 15 games. See his extra pretty goal here.

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

  • 10/23 - 4 shots
  • 10/24 - 5 shots
  • 10/26 - 1 goal, 1 shot, 2 PIM
  • 10/27 - 2 assists, 3 shots, 1 for 1 FOW

Wyatt Wylie is among the top 10 WHL defensemen in scoring, with 13 points (2 G, 11) in 15 games. He also has an astounding (for a d-man) 53 shots on goal thus far.

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

After having no points in his first 8 games, Zamula now has 7 (1 G, 6 A) in his last seven.


Notable European performers this week

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

  • 10/25 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 15:49 TOI
  • 10/27 - 17:27 TOI

Högberg’s first point of the season is an OT winner. It was a nice snipe too.

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

No word on whether that early-season injury kept Bernhardt out of the lineup on Saturday, but it will be something to keep an eye on.

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

  • 10/25 - 1 goal, 1 shot, 19:56 TOI
  • 10/27 - 2 shots, 2 PIM, 16:54 TOI

Ginning also gets his first point of the year via a goal this week. See it here.

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

  • 10/25 - 2 shots, 2 PIM, 15:37 TOI
  • 10/27 - 2 shots, 14:00 TOI

Another point-less week for Lycksell who has been fairly quiet offensively for a couple weeks now. He sits at 5 points (1 G, 4 A) in 13 games.

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

Westfält came back from injury and actually played Friday’s game with the J20 squad. He returned to the big club, but did not skate.

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

Sandström gets back in the lineup after sitting on the bench for a few games and throws up a stinker. It’s hard to keep believing that Sandström actually lives up to the top goalie prospect billing. He has a .893 SV% in seven games.

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

Ersson continues to look really good in his eight games this season. He has a .929 SV%.

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

Fedotov continues to back-up in the KHL, but hasn’t seen any game action. In the VHL this season, he has a .945 SV% in seven games.

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

Ustimenko starting to look like the goaltender we saw last year put up .929 SV%. After starting as a sub .900 goalie to start the season, he is up to .919 in 21 games.


Notable collegiate performers this week

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

  • 10/26 - 2 shots, 1 for 3 FOW

No points for Farabee this week. He has 1 goal in four games to start the season.

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

Laczynski sat out Sunday’s game. No word on the extent of the injury/illness. Hopefully it’s not too lengthy of an absence. He has 5 points (2 G, 3 A) in five games.

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

10/27 - 0 shots

Hain returns to the lineup after missing a couple games due to an injury. He has 1 assist in three games this season.

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

O’Brien remains out with an injury and did not play this weekend.

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

Warren with no points this weekend. The senior has just 2 points (1 G, 1 A) in five GP.

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

  • 10/26 - 3 shots, 0 for 2 FOW
  • 10/27 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot, 0 for 1 FOW

Cates keeps racking up the points his freshman season. He has 6 points (3 G, 3 A) in eight games.

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

  • 10/26 - 2 assists, 1 shot
  • 10/27 - 1 goal, 3 shots

Kalynuk’s 9 points (4 G, 5 A) are the 5th most among NCAA defensemen.

Jack St. Ivanny (D), Yale University
2018 4th Round Pick, 112th overall

St. Ivanny makes his season and collegiate debut on Friday. Last year for the Sioux Fall Stampede (USHL), he had 36 points (6 G, 30 A) in 54 games.

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

Tomek only came in for “cleanup” on Saturday after the starter allowed 7 goals through 45 minutes of play. Tomek has a a .762 SV% in two games.