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Flyers prospect report: Playoffs time!

The NCAA post-season is finally upon us!

2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships Photo by Kevin Hoffman/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 the AHL

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

  • 3/8 - 1 assist, 3 SOG
  • 3/10 - 0 SOG [game suspended after first period]
  • 3/14 - did not play

Laczynski had a relatively quiet week, he had a solid game on Monday and seemed to be rolling well, but then was held off the board on Wednesday (though, to be fair, the game was suspended after just one period due to a COVID situation on the Devils). And somewhere along the way he also took an injury that held him out of Sunday’s game.

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

Millman generated a good bunch of chances for himself in Monday’s game, and then another on Wednesday before the game was suspended. But those efforts weren’t enough to keep him in the lineup, though, as he was healthy scratched on Sunday when Logan Day returned from injury.

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

  • 3/8 - 1 assist, 1 SOG
  • 3/10 - 0 SOG
  • 3/14 - 1 assist, 2 SOG

A solid week for Kase, all in all. His pair of assists brings him up to eight points on the season, and he has three points in his last four games (again, including that game that was only one period), not too shabby!

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

The scoresheet remains quiet for Zamula, but things may well be trending upward—he put up a 72.22 CF% on Sunday, the highest of all skaters, and we’re hoping that can be a first step towards his overall underlying numbers improving.

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

Not a whole lot going on for Hogberg this week. He had a pair of shots but overall, as we can see, was quiet on the scoresheet. He had a fine enough week, nothing too flashy, but fine, as he’s still working to get himself settled at the AHL level.

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

Wylie’s pointless streak came to an end this week, as he picked up a pair of assists in the first two games of the week. He’s continuing to look more comfortable at this level, his game certainly trending upward.

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

Wisdom has cooled off a bit, of late. He still picked up an assist this week, his line had some good looks, and he’s continuing to put in some good work, but he’s lost just a little bit of that dynamic quality that we saw from him earlier in the season.

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

He missed Wednesday’s game, but Sushko was able to return from injury on Sunday. It was a quiet first game back, as he picked up just two shots on goal, but he looked comfortable enough in working himself back up to game speed.

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

  • 3/8 - did not play
  • 3/10 - did not play
  • 3/14 - did not play

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

Laberge got back into the lineup after taking an injury a couple of weeks back, and did he ever hit the ground running, picking up a pretty sweet goal in Monday’s game. The rest of the week was quiet for him, though, as he’s still working himself back up to speed.

Felix Sandstrom (G), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall

  • 3/8 - did not play
  • 3/10 - did not play
  • 3/14 - did not play

Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall

It was a relatively quiet week for Ratcliffe on the scoresheet, but it wasn’t a poor group of games for him either. His line on Sunday with Max Willman and Wade Allison looked pretty sharp from the jump, and they’re building some chemistry already.

Tyson Foerster (LW), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2020 1st Round Pick, 23rd overall

At long last! After very nearly picking up his first AHL goal a few games back only to see his shot deflected in at the last second, Foerster picked up his first goal of the season for real on Sunday on the power play. He’s been putting in some really solid work, and here’s hoping this is the first step towards the floodgates opening for him.

Wade Allison (RW), Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2016 2nd Round Pick, 52nd overall

  • 3/8 - did not play
  • 3/10 - did not play
  • 3/14 - 1 goal, 2 SOG

Allison, after undergoing ankle surgery during training camp and having his start delayed, made his season debut on Sunday, and boy was it ever a good game. He picked up his first goal of the season already, and it sure was a nice one. I mean, just look:

Prospects playing in Canadian junior

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

  • 3/9 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 SOG
  • 3/11- 5 assists, 2 SOG
  • 3/14 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 SOG

Pretty average week for Desnoyers, huh? Not a whole lot going on here, eh?

Just kidding, what a week for Desnoyers, folks. Halifax got back into action after a week off and boy did Desnoyers ever hit the ground running. That’s nine points in three games, the kid’s on fire.

Connor McClennon (RW), Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
2020 6th Round Pick, 178th overall

  • 3/13 - 1 SOG
  • 3/15 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 SOG

McClennon was finally able to get his season started with Winnipeg this weekend, and it sure was a solid first weekend. The first game was a quiet one, but on Monday his offensive game broke open nicely, as he picked up a two points and seven(!) shots on goal.

Prospects playing in Europe

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

  • 3/9 - 3 GA, 26 saves, .896 save percentage
  • 3/10 - 4 GA, 25 saves, .862 save percentage
  • 3/13 - did not play
  • 3/16 - 1 GA, 30 saves, .968 save percentage

It was a busy week for Ersson, as he got starts in three of Brynas’ last four games, including in a back to back. His first two games weren’t stellar, as he gave up seven goals between them, but he got a night off and responded really well in his next start, only allowing one goal and backstopping Brynas to a 3-1 win.

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

Just one game this week for Färjestads, and it was a quiet one for Lycksell. He still picked up two good chances for himself, but he was held off the scoresheet for the third game in a row.

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

  • 3/9 - 1 GA, 22 saves, .957 save percentage
  • 3/10 - 2 GA, 16 saves, .889 save percentage
  • 3/12 - did not play
  • 3/13 - 3 GA, 22 saves, .880 save percentage

Tomek had himself a solid start to the week, giving up only the one goal in that first game, but then saw his play fall off a bit in the next two. It wasn’t awful, he only gave up five goals between the two games, which wouldn’t normally seem too bad, but it did leave them in a hole that KalPa wasn’t able to pull themselves out of, and they lost both of those games.

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

Not a terribly flashy week, but still a pretty solid one got Andrae. He picked up a point in Sunday’s game, and generated a couple of nice looks for himself, in addition.

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

Westfalt saw his scoring game break open two weeks ago, but cooled off this past week. He was held without a point, and limited to just two shots on goal between his two games played.

Prospects playing in NCAA

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

  • 3/14 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 SOG
  • 3/15 - 1 SOG

Michigan was knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament in the semi-final by Minnesota in overtime, which was a shame, but it still a solid pair of games for the team and Cam York specifically. He brought quite a bit of flash in the first game, setting up Brendan Brisson’s power play goal (the game winner) and picking up a nice deflection goal of his own.

And hey! He was also named the Big Ten’s defenseman of the year, which is pretty neat indeed.

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

  • 3/13 - 1 goal. 1 assist, 4 SOG
  • 3/15 - 1 assist, 0 SOG

Despite playing just incredibly short handed in the Frozen Faceoff (due to COVID protocol issues, Denver was only able to bring nine forwards and eight defensemen with them), Denver still picked up a win in the first round to advance to the semi-final. Brink contributed well to their two games as well, with three points in total. It wasn’t a wholly dominant effort, but it was a really solid one, all the same.

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

It was a hard fought game, but Western Michigan fell to Minnesota Duluth on Saturday in the first round of the Frozen Faceoff. It was a relatively quiet game for Attard, too, as he picked up three chances for himself but wasn’t able to convert on any, as UMD did a good job of neutralizing him.

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

Brodzinski and friends are Big Ten champs, folks! They picked up a win over Wisconsin last night and ran away with the conference championship, how about that. It was a solid three games for Brodzinski on his own as well, and he was really active and generated a ton of chances for himself. He only got the one goal, but it was a big one, tying up their game against Michigan State with just under five minutes to go to force overtime (where they would, of course, eventually win it).

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

BC picked up a nice (but slightly nerve-racking) win over New Hampshire to punch their ticket to the Hockey East semi-final this weekend, and it was a pretty solid game for St. Ivany. He wasn’t able to convert on any of his chances, but he still picked up five shots on goal, the most of any BC skater, while still keeping to his usual steady defensive game.

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

Boston University was knocked out of the Hockey East playoffs this weekend by UMass Lowell, and it was a pretty uncharacteristically quiet game for O’Brien. In fairness, BU as a whole just really couldn’t get much of anything going, so it’s not like he was much of an outlier. So it goes.

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

  • 3/12 - 1 assist, 5 SOG
  • 3/15 - 1 goal, 2 SOG
  • 3/17 - 1 goal, 1 SOG

It’s been a relatively quiet season for Hain on the whole, but boy did he ever come to play for the playoffs. He picked up three points and eight shots on goal between his three games played (including the game winner against Denver) and contributed nicely in North Dakota’s push to win the Frozen Faceoff.

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

UMD picked up an overtime win against Western Michigan to move on to the Frozen Faceoff semi-final, and then fell to St. Cloud State to be knocked out of the tournament. It was a pretty good pair of games for Cates, if somewhat quiet—he had a couple of nice looks and a power play assist in these two games.