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Flyers prospect report: Jay O’Brien stays hot

Lots of college updates and also like all of the Phantoms are Flyers now.

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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 the AHL

Tanner Laczynski C), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall

  • 2/20 - 1 shot on goal

After taking an injury in the first game of the season and sitting out for two weeks, Laczynski got back into the lineup for the Phantoms on Saturday. It was a pretty quiet game for him, as he seemed to be working to get back into the swing of things. But he did seem to be finding some chemistry with new linemate Pascal Laberge, so that was something.

Mason Millman (LHD), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL)
2019 4th Round Pick, 103rd overall

  • 2/20 - 0 points, 0 shots on goal

Millman’s decidedly still working on getting adjusted to play at the AHL level (understandable for a still 19 year old). He wasn’t able to break onto the score sheet, but he’s continuing to get his legs under him.

David Kase (LW), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL)
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall

Kase is a Flyer for now! So no AHL action for him this week.

Egor Zamula (LHD), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL)

  • 2/20 - 2 shots on goal

Not a whole lot happening on the stat line for Zamula this weekend. He had a fine game, got a couple of shots, as we see, but also wasn’t really moving the puck as well as he was last weekend. He’s still adjusting, it’s understandable, we expect a bit of up and down through the early parts of the season. So it goes.

Linus Hogberg (LHD), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall

  • 2/20 - 1 shot on goal

Just one shot for Hogberg in this weekend’s game, so we’ve ended up with something of a lackluster stat line. But what didn’t show up on the stat line is the stellar stretch pass he made to get the rush going that lead up to Zayde Wisdom’s first goal of the evening. That was really sweet.

Wyatte Wylie (RHD), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2018 5th Round Pick, 127th overall

  • 2/20 - 0 points, 0 shots on goal

Are you detecting a theme here? It was a quiet game for Wylie as well, but it was a fine one, all in all. He had four successful zone exits, and all of them were controlled, so we saw his impacts more on the breakout than on the scoresheet this time around.

Zayde Wisdom (C), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2020 4th Round Pick, 94th overall

  • 2/20 - 2 goals, 2 shots on goal

Wisdom really is rolling so far this season! He picked up two more goals this weekend, including the Phantoms’ first power play goal of the season (which we can’t really overstate the importance of. The power play was so brutal last season and goals were really at a premium). He’s already looking settled at this level, and he’s making plays to stand out on just about every shift. Really stellar stuff.

Maxim Sushko (RW), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2019 4th Round Pick, 107th overall

Sushko is with the Flyers too! We saw him in Thursday and Sunday’s games with them, how neat!

Matthew Strome (LW), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall

No AHL action for Strome this week, either. He’s hanging out on the Flyers’ taxi squad.

Pascal Laberge (C), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2016 2nd Round Pick, 36th overall

  • 2/20 - 3 shots on goal

Laberge wasn’t able to break onto the score sheet in this one, but he did have a solid game. As we mentioned before, he was finding some chemistry with Laczynski, they set up a few nice chances, and he was a real force in transition in this one. It really feels like just a matter of time before he’s able to break through, he’s been doing some really good work.

Prospects playing in Canadian junior

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

  • 2/17 - 4 shots on goal
  • 2/19 - 5 shots on goal
  • 2/21 - 2 shots on goal

After missing the second of Halifax’s two games last week, Desnoyers got back into the lineup this week, and had a fine enough showing in his three games this week. He was held off the scoresheet, but he totaled 11 shots over those three games, so he certainly was getting some chances for himself, which was nice to see.

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

  • 2/16 - did not play
  • 2/18 - 1 GA, 40 saves, .975 SV%
  • 2/20 - 2 GA, 38 saves, .950 SV%

Ersson is continuing his run of strong play this season. Brynas split their two games that Ersson started this week, winning Thursday’s game in overtime and then dropping Saturday’s. And this, to be sure, was no fault of Ersson’s—he played very well, and the team in front gave up 40 or more shots in each game, and couldn’t score more than one goal in regulation. He did everything he did to keep his team afloat, and that’s all you could ask of him.

Olle Lycksell (C), Färjestsd IF (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall

  • 2/16 - 2 assists, 3 shots on goal, 2 PIM
  • 2/18 - 1 goal, 3 shots on goal, 2 PIM
  • 2/20 - 1 goal, 2 shots on goal

To say Lycksell is on a heater right now would be a pretty massive understatement—he picked up two goals and two assists this week, and is up the seven points in his last five games. He’s been elevated in Färjestsd’s lineup, and he’s been taking that opportunity and running with it, to pretty stellar results.

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

  • 2/16 - 1 GA, 25 saves, .926 SV%
  • 2/17 - Did not play
  • 2/20 - 2 GA, 10 saves, .833 SV%

Tomek got two starts this week and split those two starts. It was a bit of a mixed bag for performances—he was sharp in Tuesday’s game, only allowing one goal and securing a win for his team, but then on Saturday, with a lesser workload (just 12 shots against), he still let two goals in, and saw that game slip away from SaiPai.

Emil Andrae (LHD), Vasterviks IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
2020 2nd Round Pick, 54th overall

  • 2/15 - 0 points, 0 shots on goal
  • 2/17 - 0 points, 0 shots on goal
  • 2/19 - 0 points, 3 shots on goal, 2 PIM
  • 2/21 - Did not play

After a group of strong showings last week, this week was decidedly quieter for Andrae. Playing in three of Vasterviks’s four games this week, he was held pointless in each and only put up three shots (all coming in Friday’s game), so he wasn’t generating too much in the way of offense, individually. Andrae was a minus in the first two games he played, but saw things trending upward in the third, though, as he was on the ice for two of Vasterviks’s three goals scored.

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

  • 2/15 - 0 points, 1 shot on goal, 5/6 on faceoffs
  • 2/17 - 0 points, 0 shots on goal, 9/14 on faceoffs
  • 2/19 - 0 points, 0 shots on goal, 4 PIM, 8/13 on faceoffs
  • 2/21 - Did not play

In short, there wasn’t a whole lot going on for Westfalt this week. His point drought continues, and he’s not up to 15 games without a point, and he really didn’t get much going in the way of tangible offense, with just one shot in his three games played this week. Here’s hoping next week is kinder to him.

Prospects playing in NCAA

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

  • 2/19 - 0 points, 0 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot
  • 2/20 - 1 assist, 3 shots on goal

It wasn’t a massive weekend for York on the scoresheet, but he did play a solid series in Michigan’s split against Ohio State this weekend. He picked up an assist on Thomas Bordeleau’s first goal of the game on Saturday, but really asserted himself as a force in transition, completing eight of his nine zone exits with control, and again serving as one of the Wolverines’ most reliable defenders.

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

Denver was off this weekend, so no news to report on Brink last week. We’ll see him back in action this week against Colorado College.

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

It was a weekend off for Attard and Western Michigan as well. They’re back in action against Miami University on Friday.

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

  • 2/19 - 2 shots on goal
  • 2/20 - 1 assist, 2 shots on goal

After going pointless in Minnesota’s series last week against Notre Dame, Brodzinski was able to break out a bit, and picked up an assist in Saturday’s win. Overall, a modest weekend, but he did still pick up a couple of chances for himself, so he’s trending back in the right direction.

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

  • 2/19 - 1 assist, 0 shots on goal
  • 2/20 - 0 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot

Boston College swept Maine this weekend and have been able to hold on to their spot at the top of the Hockey East standings. The big weekend for Boston College was, well, less big for St. Ivany—he picked up an assist on Friday on a goal by Alex Newhook, but was held without a shot on goal in both contests.

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

  • 2/20 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 PIM

Friday’s game against UConn was cancelled, but Boston University was still able to get one in against them on Saturday, and it was a good one. BU gave up the first two goals of the game in the first period, but O’Brien was clutch in this one, scoring with under a minute left in the first period to get them back into the game, and then he picked up an assist on Max Kaufman’s game-tying goal late in the period. O’Brien really has hit his stride with the Terriers, and his hot streak just keeps rolling.

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

  • 2/19 - 4 shots on goal
  • 2/20 - 0 points, 0 shots on goal

It wasn’t all quiet on the NCHC front, as North Dakota still played this weekend, picking up a pair of wins over Omaha. It was, however, a pretty quiet weekend for Hain, as his contributions were limited to four shots on Friday, but none on Saturday.

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

  • 2/18 - 3 shots on goal, 5/9 on face-offs

Another quiet game for Cates, and his scoring drought is extended to seven games. It was a low scoring affair, as UMD dropped this one 2-1 to Colorado College, and really struggled to get their offense going. Cates got a couple of looks, but still hasn’t found a way to break through.

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