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Projecting Flyers prospect point production through February

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Noah Cates ain’t half bad.

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After a brief mention of it last year, we’ve decided to provide a monthly update on each of the Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects NHL equivalency projections (or NHLe). As stated when the original article was posted last season, this is by no means a perfect way to measure how a prospect is developing, but it one of the better measures we currently have at our disposal.

When it comes to Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects over the last month, some of the biggest news came from debuts. Not only did Phil Myers finally suit up at the NHL level, but both Sam Morin and Pascal Laberge finally returned to game action after lengthy absences due to injuries. To go along with that, many of the same story lines remained the same: Morgan Frost is destroying the OHL, Joel Farabee can’t stop scoring at Boston University, and Valeri Vasiliev has yet to let the Flyers know if he’s coming over or not. As for the rest of the kids, let’s see how they’re doing.

NHLe through March 7th

Player Team League Age Year in League Games Goals Assists Points NHLe
Player Team League Age Year in League Games Goals Assists Points NHLe
Morgan Frost SSM Greyhounds OHL 19 4 56 37 70 107 50
Isaac Ratcliffe Guelph Storm OHL 19 4 59 47 27 74 33
Matthew Strome Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 20 4 64 28 50 78 32
Tanner Laczynski Ohio State University NCAA (Big Ten) 21 3 25 10 20 30 32
Joel Farabee Boston University NCAA (Hockey East) 19 1 33 13 18 31 30
German Rubtsov Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 20 1 14 6 4 10 28
David Kase Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 22 1 23 4 11 15 25
Justin Bailey Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 4 6 0 0 0 24
Yegor Zamula Calgary Hitmen WHL 18 2 57 10 45 55 23
Noah Cates University of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA (NCHC) 20 1 30 8 12 20 23
Philippe Myers Philadelphia Flyers NHL 22 1 8 1 1 2 23
Mike Vecchione Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 26 2 59 13 21 34 22
Maxim Sushko Owen Sound Attack OHL 20 3 58 18 29 47 21
Connor Bunnaman Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 20 1 45 15 9 24 21
Mikhail Vorobyev Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 22 2 39 7 8 15 21
Wyatt Kalynuk University of Wisconsin NCAA (Big Ten) 21 2 34 9 14 23 18
Wyatte Wylie Everett Silvertips WHL 19 4 63 10 35 45 17
Nicolas Aube-Kubel Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 22 4 38 12 9 21 17
Wade Allison Western Michigan University NCAA (NCHC) 21 3 18 4 5 9 17
Reece Willcox Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 24 4 49 2 14 16 13
Mark Friedman Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 23 3 59 4 15 19 12
Carsen Twarynski Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 21 2 55 6 11 17 12
Olle Lycksell Linkoping HC SHL 19 2 48 3 7 10 11
Gavin Hain University of North Dakota NCAA (NCHC) 18 1 27 5 3 8 10
Tyrell Goulbourne Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 25 4 50 6 7 13 9
Linus Hogberg Vaxjo Lakers HC SHL 20 4 49 2 8 10 9
Pascal Laberge Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 20 2 4 1 0 1 9
David Bernhardt Djurgardens IF SHL 21 3 33 3 3 6 8
Cole Bardreau Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 25 5 23 4 1 5 8
Jack St. Ivany Yale University NCAA (ECAC) 19 1 26 3 6 9 7
Jay O'Brien Providence College NCAA (Hockey East) 19 1 24 2 3 5 6
Marcus Westfalt Karlskrona HK Allsvenskan 18 1 18 0 2 2 6
Adam Ginning Linkoping HC SHL 19 3 45 1 4 5 5
Valeri Vasiliev Severstal Cherepovets KHL 24 7 24 1 1 2 5
Brendan Warren University of Michigan NCAA (Big Ten) 21 4 34 1 2 3 2
Sam Morin Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 3 0 0 0 0 0

NOTES

  • In the last month, Phil Myers finally made his NHL debut. General manager Chuck Fletcher said it would happen earlier in the season and on February 17th against the Detroit Red Wings he finally played. Although he made his debut in a game where head coach Scott Gordon dressed seven defensemen (something that has happened a few times since), Myers has made his presence felt every game. He started a scoring play to record his first point in the NHL against the Buffalo Sabres on February 26th and had the only highlight for the Orange and Black in whatever the hell Wednesday night was against the Washington Capitals. Offensive instincts, an endless motor, and smooth skating should let Myers be a regular on this blue line for the rest of the season and beyond.
  • In the AHL, a pair of notable prospects finally hit the ice for the first time this season. After he tore his ACL in May during the AHL postseason, Sam Morin was loaned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and made his season debut in a 4-3 overtime win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on February 15th. Following a rather quiet season debut, Morin provided a more noteworthy outing a week later in a 2-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers with a pair of shots on net, a plus-1 rating, and a fight with Josiah Didier in the final minute of regulation. He’s since been recalled by the Flyers, but has yet to suit up for the big club. Another prospect who had yet to make his season debut was Pascal Laberge, who had hip surgery back in September. The 36th overall pick in 2016 made his season debut in the Phantoms’ 5-2 loss to the Checkers on February 23rd and proceeded to go pointless in his next two games before he notched his first professional point by beating Tristan Jarry in a 3-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday.
  • The NCAA isn’t the easiest place to produce points. One of the more difficult conferences in the NCAA to create offense is the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which features Noah Cates and the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. With 20 points in 30 games, Cates is the highest-scoring freshman on the Bulldogs’ roster and is only trailing Minnesota Wild prospect Nick Swaney (sophomore taken in the seventh round of 2017) by a point and is five points ahead of Riley Tufte, a first-round pick of the Dallas Stars at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The American forward never posted gaudy goal totals in high school or the USHL, but he can seemingly adjust and contribute for whatever league he’s in. A few of the other Flyers’ prospects have struggled adjusting to the NCAA, but it looks as though Cates hasn’t missed a beat.