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
- 11/6 - 4 goals on 7 shots, 16/30 on faceoffs.
- 11/7 - 1 goal on 4 shots, 2 assists, 16/34 on faceoffs
There aren’t too many people questioning this 2020 fifth-round selection at the moment. After he potted four goals on seven shots back on October 24th against the Cape Breton Eagles, Desnoyers provided the same stat line on Friday night in a 5-4 win for the Halifax Mooseheads over the Charlottetown Islanders. With an additional goal on Saturday night Desnoyers is now up to nine goals in his last five games with a pair of four-goal performances in a span of four tilts. The forward has already matched his 2019-20 goal total of 11 needing only 12 contests this season compared to 61 appearances last campaign.
Yegor Serdyuk (RW), Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2019 6th Round Pick, 165th overall
Thanks to precautionary measures due to a COVID scare, Serdyuk and the Victoriaville Tigres haven’t played since October 10th. The Flyers’ prospect has only participated in four games so far in 2020-21 posting one goal on seven shots and an assist.
OHL and WHL
Although the QMJHL started their season with a somewhat normal target date, both the OHL and WHL have yet to start their 2020-21 campaigns. The good news is both leagues have a starting date in mind, as the OHL is set to go on February 4th and the WHL is aiming for January 8th. Once these two leagues get up and running we’ll keep tabs on Tyson Foerster (Barrie Colts), Zayde Wisdom (Kingston Frontenacs), and Mason Millman (Saginaw Spirit) in the OHL as well as Connor McClennon (Winnipeg Ice) and Roddy Ross (Regina Pats) in the WHL.
Prospects playing in Europe
Emil Andrae (LHD), HV71 (SHL)
2020 2nd Round Pick, 54th overall
Andrae and HV71 haven’t played since a 6-3 defeat to the Vaxjo Lakers on Halloween with the club’s next game scheduled for Tuesday against Brynas IF. Through 13 games so far this season the blue liner has two assists, eight shots on goal, a pair of penalty minutes, and an average ice time of 11:28.
Adam Ginning (LHD), Farjestad BK (SHL)
2018 2nd Round Pick, 50th overall
Similar to Andrae, Ginning and Farjestad BK haven’t played since a 3-2 win over Malmo on Halloween and aren’t expected to play again until they face off against Leksands IF on Tuesday. In his third season since being drafted by Philadelphia Ginning has one assist, seven shots on goal, and four penalty minutes while averaging 5:37 of ice time through 11 games.
Olle Lycksell (F), Farjestad BK (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall
Lycksell, a current teammate of Ginning, has two goals on 10 shots on net and a pair of apples for four tallies through his first 12 games as he’s averaged 12:20 of ice time a night.
Samuel Ersson (G), Brynas IF (SHL)
2018 5th Round Pick, 143rd overall
Another player on a club with a lengthy break thanks to COVID Ersson and Brynas IF are slated to play again on Tuesday against HV71. The team’s last game was a 3-0 loss to Orebro HK on October 27th where Ersson allowed three goals on seven shots against within the game’s first five minutes, as one puck got past him just 47 seconds in and a pair of shots beat him only 18 ticks apart to end his evening 4:57 into the loss. To date Ersson is 3-3-1 with a .903 save percentage and a 3.10 goals against average.
German Rubtsov (C), HK Sochi (KHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall
Despite throwing six shots on net over a pair of games last week Rubtsov failed to record his second goal while on loan in the KHL. He has one goal on 19 shots and three helpers for a total of four points so far in 16 contests as his goal drought now sits at 10 tilts.
Maxim Sushko (RW), Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall
- 11/1 - 4 hits
Sushko failed to end his point drought in Dinamo Minsk’s most recent game, as he only registered four hits in 13:07 of ice time during a 4-1 defeat to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He hasn’t produced a point in 10 games and only has one goal to his credit through his first 13 appearances.
Ivan Fedotov (G), Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall
- 11/1 - Did not play
Fedotov rode the pine in Traktor Chelyabinsk’s most recent game, which was a 4-1 loss to Metallurg Magnitogorsk on the first of the month. The Flyers’ prospect is serving backup duty for Traktor with a 4-2-1 record in his first seven performances along with a .940 save percentage and 1.71 GAA.
Matej Tomek (G), SaiPa (Liiga)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 90th overall
- 11/6 - Did not play
Just like Fedotov, Tomek was on the bench in his club’s most recent contest, as SaiPa squeaked out a 1-0 decision over Karpat on Friday. The Flyers’ prospect and former Nashville Predators’ prospect Niclas Westerholm have evenly split SaiPa’s crease to start the season, as Tomek has a .905 save percentage and 2.77 GAA in five games.
David Kase (LW/RW), HC Energie Karlovy Vary (Czech Tipsport Extraliga)
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall
- 11/7 - Did not play
Kase is coming up on a month without playing in an actual game, as he sat out HC Energie Karlovy Vary’s 5-4 win over HC Ceske Budejovice on Saturday and the team’s most recent game before that came on October 9th. He has three assists in his four games in the Czech Tipsport Extraliga.
Felix Sandstrom (G), Vasterviks IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
Sandstrom split a pair of starts with Daniel Marmenlind last week as the 2015 pick denied 90 percent of the shots he saw in Vasterviks IK’s 3-2 shootout win over AIK on Monday before he sat and watched the team’s 2-1 overtime win on Friday. Serving as the backup for his team, Sandstrom is 1-0-3 despite a .932 save percentage and 2.43 GAA.
Marcus Westfalt (C), Vasterviks IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
2018 7th Round Pick, 205th overall
Despite getting a game on the first line this week, Westfalt failed to produce a point while putting three shots on net and going 14/22 at the dot. He has two goals on 16 shots through 12 games.
Linus Hogberg (LHD), HC Vita Hasten (HockeyAllsvenkan)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
The busiest of the active Flyers’ prospects over the last week Hogberg produced two assists, two shots on net, and two penalty minutes in a trio of appearances. The Swede is taking advantage of playing in a lower league at the moment, as he has one goal on 13 shots through 12 games with seven assists for eight points total. Hogberg is also currently second among Vita Hasten’s d-men with an average of 19:57 ice time a night.
Kirill Ustimenko (G), HK Gomel (Belarusian Extraleague A)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall
HK Gomel last played on Halloween and don’t play again until Tuesday so Ustimenko had the week off. He’s taken part in a pair of games over in Europe with a .910 save percentage and 2.50 GAA.
Prospects playing in NCAA
Similar to the OHL and WHL, the NCAA hasn’t started their 2020-21 season yet but it will be getting underway rather shortly as the first game should be taking place this Friday. Once the season starts we’ll keep an eye on Cam York (entering his sophomore year at the University of Michigan), Bobby Brink (sophomore year at the University of Denver), Ronnie Attard (sophomore year at Western Michigan University), Bryce Brodzinski (sophomore year at the University of Minnesota), Jay O’Brien (joining Boston University), Jack St. Ivany (junior year at Yale University), Gavin Hain (junior year at the University of North Dakota) and Noah Cates (junior year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth).