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Flyers prospect report: Playoffs incoming!

Closing out the NCAA regular season.

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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

  • 3/3 - 1 assist, 1 SOG
  • 3/6 - 2 SOG

Things are starting to break open for Laczynski. He picked up another assist in Wednesday’s game, and continues to look sharp with the number of chances he’s setting up. He also very nearly scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday. Well, he did put the puck in the back of the net, but it was just after the whistle blew, so no dice there. But we certainly are getting the feeling that the first (real) goal is right around the corner.

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

  • 3/3 - 0 SOG
  • 3/6 - 0 SOG, 2 PIM

Not a whole lot going on on the scoresheet for Millman this week. It was an up and down pair of games for him, as he showed some strong playmaking flashes, but also fell victim to some ugly mistakes. He’s still adjusting.

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

  • 3/3 - 1 SOG
  • 3/6 - 1 assist, 1 SOG

It wasn’t a terribly flashy week for Kase, but it was a pretty solid one, all the same. He picked up an assist on Saturday, but really stood out, as usual, with his energy and forechecking strength.

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

  • 3/3 - 0 SOG
  • 3/6 - 0 SOG

Combined note below!

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

  • 3/3 - 1 assist, 0 SOG
  • 3/6 - 1 SOG, 2 PIM

It was, again, a pretty quiet week for Hogberg, though he did pick up an assist. He spent it paired with Zamula, and it’s a pair that, in short, isn’t really working. They’re both still adjusting to the AHL level, we’ll acknowledge that, but both have struggled on breakouts, meaning they’ve often been caught hemmed into their own end on their shifts, which has in turn hindered their offensive games. Maybe they turn it around with more reps, but right now they’re feeling some bad habits in each other.

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

  • 3/3 - 2 SOG
  • 3/6 - 0 SOG

Still no points for Wylie this week, but he’s continuing to settle in well at the AHL level. We’re seeing his confidence growing and he’s continuing to be a solid puck mover, which are flashes we like to see, so we’re not too fussed about his not blowing us away with big scoring numbers.

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

  • 3/3 - 1 assist, 0 SOG
  • 3/6 - 2 SOG

Another week, at least another point for Wisdom. He picked up an assist on Cal O’Reilly’s goal on Wednesday to pick up his ninth point of the season, but was held off the scoresheet on Saturday. And what else can we say here other than it was another strong week for Wisdom, and he’s continuing to assert himself as one of the Phantoms’ most consistent players.

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

  • 3/3 - did not play
  • 3/6 - did not play

Sushko is out with an injury, but we don’t really have more specifics than that, in terms of type of injury or timeline.

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

  • 3/3 - did not play
  • 3/6 - did not play

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

  • 3/3 - did not play
  • 3/6 - did not play

Laberge took an injury on the 24th, which caused him to miss last week’s games. He did get in for yesterday’s, but we’ll talk more about that one in next week’s prospect report.

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

  • 3/3 - 3 GA, 23 saves, .884 save percentage
  • 3/6 - 3 GA, 5 saves, .625 save percentage

All in all, not quite a stellar week for Sandstrom. The Phantoms seem to want to get him some more reps after all the time he spent up with the Flyer’s taxi squad, so he got both starts this week. They weren’t perfect showings, and felt strange in some ways—he made some big, impressive saves, but then let in a few goals on what looked like easier shots. He was pulled in Saturday’s game after a rough start, so we’ll see how he rebounds this week.

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

  • 3/3 - 1 assist, 2 SOG
  • 3/6 - 3 SOG

Ratcliffe made his season debut on Wednesday after he was delayed by a couple of off-season injuries. It was a strong couple of showings from him as well, as he picked up an assist and slipped easily back into his role as one of the Phantoms’ volume shooters, which was certainly encouraging.

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

  • 3/3 - 2 SOG
  • 3/6 - 1 assist, 2 SOG

After fracturing his shin in the first game of the season, Foerster got back into the lineup on Wednesday, and really was able to hit the ground running. He was active in the play and continued, as he did in his first game, to look comfortable with the pace of play at the AHL level. And hey! He picked up his first professional point on Saturday, with an assist on Chris Mueller’s goal!

Prospects playing in Canadian junior

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

Halifax was off this week. They’ll be back at it again tonight with a game against Charlottetown.

Prospects playing in Europe

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

  • 3/5 - 3 GA, 28 saves, .903 save percentage
  • 3/7 - 6 GA, 14 saves, .700 save percentage

It was a somewhat rare mixed bag of a week from Ersson, as he put up one solid showing in Brynas’ overtime loss to Örebro, but looked less sharp in their loss to Leksands. So, if nothing else, he has a test ahead of him to see how he responds in his next showing.

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

Tragic news, folks: Lycksell’s scoring streak came to an end this week. It was a good run, but he still had himself a nice weekend, despite not being able to pick up any points, as he still generated a handful of good chances. Not so bad.

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

  • 3/2 - did not play
  • 3/5 - 1 GA, 29 saves, .967 save percentage
  • 3/6 - 1 GA, 26 saves, .963 save percentage

Two big games for Tomek this weekend! KalPa picked up a pair of 2-1 wins, and the fact that they were able to hold on for them was a huge testament to Tomek’s play. Solid stuff.

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

  • 3/2 - 0 SOG
  • 3/5 - 1 assist, 5 SOG
  • 3/6 - 1 SOG

After a quiet last few weeks, Andrae’s offensive game is picking up a bit here. He picked an assist on Friday, and had a few nice chances between then and Saturday, so things seem to be trending upward.

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

  • 3/2 - 1 assist, 2 SOG
  • 3/5 - 1 goal, 3 SOG
  • 3/6 - 0 SOG

Westfalt snapped his scoring drought two weeks ago, and he’s been moving along at a pretty good clip since them. He tacked on a goal and an assist in three games, and generated a few additional nice chances for himself, to boot.

Prospects playing in NCAA

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

  • 3/5 - 2 assists, 1 SOG
  • 3/6 - 2 SOG, 1 block

Michigan’s game against Michigan State (originally scheduled for tomorrow) was cancelled, so that means they wrapped up their season with their series against Minnesota, which ended in a split. It was a strong close to the season for York, as well, as he picked up two assists in Friday’s win. It wasn’t his flashiest weekend, but it was still a good one.

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

No NCHC action last week. The Frozen Faceoff kicks off this weekend, though, and Denver will play Omaha on Saturday.

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

Frozen Faceoff matchup: against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday.

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

  • 3/5 - 1 goal, 3 SOG
  • 3/6 - 1 goal, 1 SOG

It’s good news and bad news as we pivot over to talk about Brodzynski, folks. The good news is that he picked up two goals at even strength this weekend, and looked pretty good! The bad news is that it was against our pal Cam York and the Michigan Wolverines. So, some conflicted feelings there, but a solid weekend for Brodzynski in Minnesota’s split series, all the same.

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

  • 3/5 - 2 SOG, 1 block

It was another quiet game for St. Ivany this weekend, as BC finished out their regular season with a win over Northeastern. St. Ivany was held off the scoresheet, but still has himself a solid game, picking up two shots on goal and a 63.16 CF% (per my tracking).

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

  • 3/6 - 1 goal, 2 SOG

Another weekend and O’Brien just keeps on rolling. BU closed out their regular season with a tie against UMass Lowell, and O’Brien picked up a nice power play goal in that game. He finishes out the regular season tied for first in points, with 16 in 14 games played.

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

Frozen Faceoff matchup: against Miami on Friday.

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

Frozen Faceoff matchup: against Western Michigan on Saturday.