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Flyers prospect report: O’Brien and St. Ivany finally return to action

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David Kase is putting in work over in the Czech Republic.

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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 taking part in Flyers’ training camp

The Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp opened last Monday and featured several notable prospects we have yet to touch on this season in the prospect report. The players who should finally be getting their 2020-21 campaigns underway after camp are Wade Allison, Connor Bunnaman, Tyson Foerster, Morgan Frost, Tanner Laczynski, Sam Morin, Roddy Ross, Linus Sandin, Felix Sandstrom, Carsen Twarynski, Zayde Wisdom, Wyatte Wylie, and Egor Zamula.

Prospects playing in World Junior Championship

Cam York and Bobby Brink helped Team U.S.A. take home gold last week at the World Junior Championship. As the team’s captain York registered two shots on goal and 20:13 of ice time in the gold medal-winning 2-0 decision over Canada as part of a six-point (one goal), seven-game performance. As for Brink he recorded one shot and two penalty minutes in 15:08 of work in the gold medal game as part of a six-point (two goals) performance at the tournament.

Emil Andrae and Team Sweden were knocked out in the quarterfinals with a 3-2 defeat to Team Finland. The blue liner registered an assist and two penalty minutes in five appearances.

Prospects playing in Europe

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

  • 1/4 - Did not play
  • 1/7 - 2 penalty minutes
  • 1/9 - Did not play

As for league play Andrae returned to action this week with a light 3:58 of work against Leksands IF. He has three assists in 21 games for HV71 in 2020-21.

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

  • 1/7 - 25 penalty minutes
  • 1/9 - 1 shot on goal

Ginning’s week was defined by his match penalty in Farjestad BK’s 5-4 overtime win over Rogle BK. With his time in the sin bin the rearguard is up to seven points and 33 penalty minutes in 28 SHL contests this season.

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

  • 1/7 - 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 shots on goal
  • 1/9 - 3 shots on goal

Lycksell came to party this week as he accumulated three points and seven shots on net in just two games. With his work over the last few days the former sixth-rounder has four goals on 31 shots and six helpers for 10 tallies in 25 appearances in 2020-21.

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

  • 1/5 - Did not play
  • 1/7 - 32 saves on 34 shots against, win
  • 1/9 - 42 saves on 43 shots against, win

Ersson fought off 74 of the 77 shots he faced this week to register a pair of victories. He has a .911 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average in 23 games this season.

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

  • 1/5 - Did not play
  • 1/8 - Did not play
  • 1/10 - 0/3 on faceoffs

It was an especially quiet week for Rubtsov, who didn’t play in HK Sochi’s first two games of the week and only took a few faceoffs in their recent contest.

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

  • 1/5 - 1 shot on goal, 3 hits
  • 1/7 - Did not play
  • 1/9 - Did not play

After missing Dinamo Minsk’s two most recent tilts Sushko has five points and 24 shots on net in 30 appearances.

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

  • 1/6 - 12 saves on 15 shots against
  • 1/8 - 35 saves on 37 shots against, shootout loss
  • 1/10 - 32 saves on 35 shots against, loss

Despite a couple 30-save performances this week Fedotov failed to register a victory. Although he hasn’t recorded a win in his last four outings the netminder has a 9-6-2 record with a .918 save percentage, 2.30 goals against, average, and one shutout.

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

  • 1/9 - Did not play

SaiPa only has one game scheduled in the first 19 days of January and unfortunately for Tomek he wasn’t in net. He’s on a two-game win streak with a .913 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average this year.

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

  • 1/5 - 2 assists, 4 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot, 1 hit, 8/19 on faceoffs
  • 1/8 - 4 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot, 7/14 on faceoffs
  • 1/10 - 1 goal, 2 shots on goal, 1 hit, 2 penalty minutes, 9/16 on faceoffs

Kase continued his assault on the Czech Tipsport Extraliga this week with three points and 10 shots on net. The former fifth-rounder has 25 points (six goals) in 26 contests.

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

  • 1/4 - 2 penalty minutes, 5/17 on faceoffs
  • 1/6 - 1 shot on goal, 8/19 on faceoffs
  • 1/8 - 10/19 on faceoffs

Westfalt only mustered one puck on goal this week as he has three goals on 24 shots on net and two apples for five points through 26 appearances.

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

  • 1/4 - 1 shot on goal

Hogberg tossed one more puck on net before coming back to North America this week to finish his HockeyAllsvenskan stint with two goals on 45 shots and 10 apples for 12 points in 27 contests while working 21:22 a night.

Prospects playing in NCAA

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

  • 1/8 - 2 assists, 3 blocked shots
  • 1/9 - 1 assist, 2 shots on goal, 2 blocked shots

York returned to NCAA action this week with three assists in two games. He’s up to six helpers and eight points for the Wolverines through 10 tilts.

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

Bobby Brink and the Pioneers were supposed to have a home-and-home with the Colorado College Tigers this past weekend but the games will be played at a later date due to COVID concerns.

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

  • 1/8 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots on goal
  • 1/9 - 1 goal, 6 shots on goal

Attard helped the Broncos end a six-game winless streak with two goals on 10 shots on net and 15 shot attempts over two contests. He’s fourth on the club with eight tallies and first for the school with 106 shot attempts in all situations through 11 games.

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

  • 1/4 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots on goal (7 shot attempts)
  • 1/9 - 3 shots on goal
  • 1/10 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots on goal

Brodzinski provided a pair of multi-point performances this week to up his point total in 2020-21 to five through 10 games.

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

  • 1/8 - 2 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot
  • 1/10 - 1 shot on goal, 1 blocked shot

St. Ivany made his debut as an Eagle this week with three shots on goal and two denials of opponents’ attempts in his first NCAA appearances of 2020-21.

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

  • 1/8 - 1 goal, 2 shots on goal, 2 penalty minutes, 7/19 on faceoffs
  • 1/9 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots on goal, 2 blocked shots, 5/12 on faceoffs

After a nearly two-year break from collegiate hockey, O’Brien returned to NCAA action with two goals and an assist for the Terriers in his first two college games since March of 2019.

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

  • 1/8 - 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 5/18 on faceoffs
  • 1/9 - 3 shots on goal, 4/12 on faceoffs

Cates picked up an assist this week to give the forward six helpers and 10 points in 13 outings for the Bulldogs.