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Flyers prospect report: Attard finally finds the back of the net

The rearguard has registered a high number of shots this season but couldn’t light the lamp.

NHL: JUN 26 Philadelphia Flyers Development Camp Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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 World Junior Championship

Although the World Junior Championship doesn’t start until Friday two of the three Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects involved in the tournament will take part in a pre-competition game. Cam York and Bobby Brink will join Team U.S.A. to face off against Team Finland tomorrow, while Emil Andrae and Team Sweden are one of two nations (Team Germany) who won’t hit the ice until the contests matter due to an extended quarantine.

Prospects playing in the WHL

After announcing a potential start date of January 8th for the 2020-21 season earlier this year, the WHL stated earlier in the week that the campaign will be delayed even further as the league’s Board of Governors will meet in the middle of January to decide the new target date. Connor McClennon (right winger taken in the sixth round of 2020) will enter his fourth season in the WHL, while Roddy Ross (goalie taken in the sixth round of 2019) will enter his third.

Prospects playing in Europe

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

  • 12/15 - 17:06 time on ice

The blue liner didn’t increase his point total for the season in Farjestad BK’s only game this week, but Ginning did improve his ice time average. He’s up to six points and 9:24 of ice time a night in 22 tilts this year.

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

  • 12/15 - 2 assists, 1 shot on goal

The former sixth-rounder notched his first multi-point outing of the season with a pair of helpers in his lone appearance this week. Lycksell has three goals and four apples in 22 games in 2020-21.

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

Ersson and Brynas IF didn’t play any games this week due to COVID-19.

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

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

Both Fedotov and Kase took part in the Channel One Cup this week, an annual international tournament featuring the countries of Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Finland. Fedotov and Russia won the 2020 title with eight points thanks to two regulation wins and a shootout victory, while Kase and the Czech Republic came in last with a pair of defeats in regulation. Fedotov didn’t take to the blue paint in any of Russia’s three games and Kase failed to record a point in three games.

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

After the Liiga had to shut down for a couple of weeks, SaiPa returned to action on Friday but Tomek failed to hit the ice. He has an .899 save percentage in six appearances this year and hasn’t played since November 13th.

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

Westfalt and Vasterviks IK had their schedule altered by COVID-19, as the pivot has five points in 21 tilts this season.

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

Hogberg had a rather quiet week, as he now has 12 points through 24 games this season averaging 21:16 of ice time a night.

Prospects playing in NCAA

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

  • 12/15 - 1 shot on goal, 4 blocked shots
  • 12/18 - 3 shots on goal, 2 blocked shots
  • 12/19 - 1 goal, 5 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot

Attard finally found the back of the net this week as he continued to fire a ton of pucks towards the opposing cage including 18 overall shot attempts in Western Michigan University’s last two contests. The defenseman has six points and 30 shots on goal in 10 outings this season.

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

  • 12/16 - 1 assist, 3 shots on goal, 2 blocked shots
  • 12/19 - 3 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot
  • 12/20 - 2 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot

With an assist this week Hain has three points through 10 contests in 2020-21.

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

  • 12/16 - 1 assist, 2 shots on goal, 11/22 on faceoffs
  • 12/19 - 1 goal, 2 shots on goal, 2 penalty minutes, 4/12 on faceoffs

Cates produced in each of the Bullldogs’ games this week, as the captain is up to eight points in nine tilts in 2020-21.