The news of the week
We’re back, folks! New platform, same prospect report. We’ve got a bunch to go over, so let’s get right into it.
First up, some news. We’ll get the bad news out of the way first: Egor Zamula left Friday’s Phantoms game with an injury. We haven’t gotten an update on his status, but he did miss the next two games of the weekend.
In lighter news: Sam Ersson is still up with the Flyers on his emergency recall while Carter Hart is out, and the Flyers also added Ronnie Attard on a regular recall yesterday, so he’s set to get his end of season cup of coffee as well. How fun!
And finally, we’ll have more on this in the coming days, but it’s almost Frozen Four time! No NCAA updates this week, but we’ll see Devin Kaplan and Jay O’Brien (and the rest of their Boston University pals) back in action in against Minnesota in Tampa on Thursday. Should be a good one.
What’s up with the Phantoms
It was a busy weekend for the Phantoms, that’s for sure. They kicked off their three-in-three on Friday with a pretty tidy win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins–they fell behind early, but they were getting the better of the chances throughout the game, and a three goal third period sealed the win for them. They followed that up with a tough showing against Hartford on Saturday, though. The Phantoms outshot the Wolf Pack 35-18, but losing Ersson hurt them, and they lost this one 5-1. They did manage to salvage the weekend on the whole, closing out with a 3-2 win over the Bridgeport Islanders.
With those four points collected on the weekend, the Phantoms are sitting pretty comfortably in fifth in their division – two points behind Charlotte and three ahead of Hartford. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to seven (and the complete playoff primer is here, if you’re looking for more on that).
As for standout individual performances, Emil Andrae is still chipping in offense well, and he picked up his first AHL goal on Saturday.
He also picked up an assist in Sunday’s game, and he’s continuing in the role well.
The Phantoms’ offense on the whole has been a bit inconsistent of late, but they did get some good output from the Flyers’ prospects this weekend.
Bobby Brink put up two goals and an assist on the weekend, as he continues to build up some momentum with the Phantoms.
Olle Lycksell also busted the slump he had been stuck in on Sunday, scoring his first goal in 11 games.
He also picked up another assist on the weekend, and chipped in a total of nine shots on goal. There’s a good process building there, at the very least, so here’s hoping the seal has broken for him and the goals start coming again.
Tyson Foerster also got himself on the scoresheet, picking up a goal, three assists, and chipping in seven shots on goal. He hasn’t missed a beat after his return from the NHL, and he’s been a key reason why the Phantoms have been chipping away at that magic number and closing in on a playoff clinch.
And, to round things out, each of Zamula, Attard, and Eliott Desnoyers picked up an assist this weekend.
The prospect world tour
Just over in Reading, Mason Millman is continuing to put together a nice little run with the Royals. In their four games this past week, he put up a goal and two assists, bringing him up to a total of 44 points in his 62 games played.
And just about everywhere else, it’s playoff time! The CHL playoffs are well underway, and Alexis Gendron is sure making an impression. He had a hat trick in Saturday’s win over St. John, and then he added one more goal to his weekend total on Sunday. Not too shabby indeed.
And across the pond, Samu Tuomaala is plugging away in the Mestis playoffs as well. In his last five games played, he picked up two goals (including one penalty shot goal) and three assists, as Kettera closed out their quarterfinal series against Koovee, and their season continues on!