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Flyers prospect report: Rubtsov’s goal drought continues

Maxim Sushko ended his lengthy point drought.

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Welcome to BSH’s weekly prospect update, where we will be serving up stats and insight on what our homegrown players have been up to. This will include prospects in Canadian Juniors (BCHL, OHL, QMJHL & WHL), Europe (SHL, KHL), and NCAA college hockey. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Prospects playing in Canadian junior

Elliot Desnoyers (LW), Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
2020 5th Round Pick, 135th overall

Desnoyers and the Halifax Mooseheads had a pair of games cancelled recently due to a team employee testing positive for COVID-19. They are still on schedule to play on Friday against the Flyers’ pick’s former club the Moncton Wildcats.

Yegor Serdyuk (RW), Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2019 6th Round Pick, 165th overall

  • 11/23 - 4 shots on goal
  • 11/24 - 1 assist, 3 shots on goal, 2 penalty minutes
  • 11/27 - 1 shot on goal, 1 hit

Despite throwing eight shots on goal this week Serdyuk was only able to register an assist in three games. He’s lit the lamp once on 21 total shots in 2020-21 and has provided a pair of assists in 10 games for Victoriaville.

Prospects playing in Europe

Emil Andrae (LHD), HV71 (SHL)
2020 2nd Round Pick, 54th overall

It was a rather quiet week for the second-round pick, who is up to two assists and eight shots while averaging 11:27 of work a night in 17 contests this year.

Adam Ginning (LHD), Farjestad BK (SHL)
2018 2nd Round Pick, 50th overall

Ginning had the secondary apple on Olle Lycksell’s opening goal in Farjestad BK’s lone tilt this week, a 6-4 victory over Brynas IF. The stay-at-home rearguard now has four tallies (three assists), three hits, and eight blocked shots in 17 appearances this season averaging 6:58 of ice time a game.

Olle Lycksell (F), Farjestad BK (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall

  • 11/28 - 1 goal, 3 shots on goal

Lycksell responded to being scratched last week by ending his seven-game goal drought with his third marker of the 2020-21 campaign in Farjestad BK’s win this week. On top of that he also had his most shots on goal in a single game so far this season with three and saw 12:22 of ice time, his most in a single game since October 24th. The 2017 selection has five points, 14 shots on goal, and six penalty minutes in 17 outings this year.

Samuel Ersson (G), Brynas IF (SHL)
2018 5th Round Pick, 143rd overall

  • 11/24 - 24 saves on 28 shots against, loss
  • 11/28 - 25 saves on 30 shots against, loss

It was a rough week for Ersson who allowed nine goals against in a pair of losses. The netminder has won one of his last eight starts, as he now has an .895 save percentage and 3.33 goals against average in 13 contests this season.

German Rubtsov (C), HK Sochi (KHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall

  • 11/24 - 3/12 on faceoffs
  • 11/26 - 9/13 on faceoffs
  • 11/28 - 2 shots on goal, 1 hit, 2 penalty minutes, 6/14 on faceoffs

Rubtsov extended his point drought to seven games and his goal drought to 18 games this week. He sits at five points (one goal), 25 shots on goal, and six minutes in the sin bin through 24 appearances.

Maxim Sushko (RW), Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall

Sushko finally recorded his second point of the season in Dinamo Minsk’s latest contest to snap a 17-game point drought. He has one goal on 12 shots and one helper in 21 appearances this season.

Ivan Fedotov (G), Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall

  • 11/26 - 16 saves on 19 shots against, win
  • 11/29 - 20 saves on 24 shots against, loss

Fedotov struggled this week but still managed to win one of his two starts, as he posted save percentages under .850 in each game. Despite the rough patch the seventh-rounder has a record of 8-3-1 this year with a .934 save percentage, 1.75 GAA, and one shutout.

Matej Tomek (G), SaiPa (Liiga)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 90th overall

Tomek failed to occupy the net in either of SaiPa’s games this week, as he hasn’t played since November 13th. He’s posted under a .900 save percentage in his last three appearances, as he has an .899 save percentage and 2.83 GAA in six tilts this season.

David Kase (LW/RW), HC Energie Karlovy Vary (Czech Tipsport Extraliga)
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall

  • 11/24 - 1 goal, 3 shots on goal, 4/13 on faceoffs
  • 11/27 - 1 assist, 3 shots on goal, 4/10 on faceoffs
  • 11/29 - 1 assist, 6 shots on goal, 2 blocked shots, 8/17 on faceoffs

Kase has been on fire in the Czech Tipsport Extraliga, as he’s currently riding a three-game point streak and eight tallies in his last eight outings. He has 11 points in 12 contests in 2020-21.

Felix Sandstrom (G), Vasterviks IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall

Marcus Westfalt (C), Vasterviks IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
2018 7th Round Pick, 205th overall

Sandstrom, Westfalt, and the rest of Vasterviks IK had a pair of games postponed this week due to COVID-19. The Flyers’ prospects are still expected to face BIK Karlskoga on Wednesday.

Linus Hogberg (LHD), HC Vita Hasten (HockeyAllsvenkan)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall

  • 11/25 - 8 shots on goal
  • 11/27 - 2 shots on goal, 2 penalty minutes
  • 11/29 - 4 shots on goal, 0/1 faceoffs

Hogberg managed to muster 14 shots on net in three games this week but couldn’t record his second goal of the season. The blue liner has 10 points and 32 shots through 18 tilts averaging 21:15 of ice time a night.

Kirill Ustimenko (G), HK Gomel (Belarusian Extraleague A)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall

Ustimenko failed to appear in yet another game for HK Gomel.

Prospects playing in NCAA

Cam York (LHD), University of Michigan (Big Ten)
2019 1st Round Pick, 14th overall

  • 11/27 - 2 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot
  • 11/28 - 1 shot on goal, 1 blocked shot

York threw three shots on net and denied a pair of opponents’ attempts in a span of two games this week, as the University of Michigan suffered two defeats at the hands of the University of Notre Dame. The first-rounder has now gone three straight matches without registering a tally and has one assist in his last five appearances after opening the year with a three-point performance.

Bobby Brink (RW), University of Denver (NCHC)
2019 2nd Round Pick, 34th overall

Brink and the Pioneers finally get their 2020-21 campaign underway this week with games on Wednesday against the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Friday against the University of North Dakota, and Saturday against St. Cloud State. The forward had 11 goals and 13 helpers last season in 28 contests.

Ronnie Attard (RHD), Western Michigan University (NCHC)
2019 3rd Round Pick, 72nd overall

Attard and the Broncos open their season tomorrow against St. Cloud State before taking on the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday and North Dakota on Sunday. The 6’3” blue liner found the back of the cage six times in 2019-20 as part of a 14-point, 30-game season.

Bryce Brodzinski (RW), University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
2019 7th Round Pick, 196th overall

  • 11/23 - 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
  • 11/24 - 1 shot on goal

The seventh-rounder recorded his first point of the 2020-21 season in the Golden Gophers’ win over Ohio State last Monday. He now has one goal on six shots this year through Minnesota’s first four games.

Jack St. Ivany (RHD), Boston College (Hockey East)
2018 4th Round Pick, 112th overall

St. Ivany entered the NCAA transfer portal last week and looks to be heading to Boston College to finish out his junior season. He’ll be eligible to play with the Eagles during the school’s second semester. The defenseman has yet to participate in a game in 2020-21.

Jay O’Brien (C), Boston University (Hockey East)
2018 1st Round Pick, 19th overall

O’Brien and the Terriers open their season with a back-to-back on the road against the University of Vermont Catamounts on Friday and Saturday. He posted 66 points in 46 tilts in 2019-20 with the Penticton Vees in the BCHL.

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

Hain and the Fighting Hawks open 2020-21 on Wednesday against the Miami University of Ohio Redhawks before taking on Brink and the Pioneers on Friday as well as Attard and the Broncos on Sunday. The center lit the lamp twice and registered 10 points in 28 games during his sophomore season.

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

Cates and the Bulldogs start their season tomorrow against the University of Nebraska-Omaha before facing Denver on Wednesday and the Colorado College Tigers on Sunday. The Flyers’ pick will captain the squad after he provided 33 points in 34 games last year in his sophomore season.