Flyers 2009-10 AHL/ECHL prospects update

By Chris Shafer

AHL

Patrick Maroon, LW
Acquired: 6th round, 161st overall, 2007
4-23-1988, 6’4, 225 pounds

Maroon’s low goal totals are certainly a cause for concern. In 80 games last season with the Phantoms, he scored 23. Currently he is on pace for five. With 28 games behind him and a total of 18 points on 16 assists, Maroon seems the most obvious victim of the goal scoring drought in the organization.

His skating continues to improve, but his offensive game has to pick back up if he wants to get called up to the NHL. Many thought he would make the Flyers’ NHL roster before an injury sidelined him for most of training camp, but with the Flyers struggling for offense in the NHL through their current slump, Maroon right now is certainly not part of the solution.

Garrett Klotz, LW
Acquired: 3rd round, 66th overall, 2007
11-27-1988, 6’5, 235 pounds

Some of the Phantoms’ less skilled wingers like Klotz and his teammates Matthew Clackson, Josh Beaulieu, and Rob Bellamy have become one of the major problems leading to the Phantoms’ scoring slump. Klotz has played 26 games while only accounting for two goals and an assist. He does have 50 penalty minutes to go along with a -5 rating.

Matthew Clackson, LW
Acquired: 7th round, 215th overall, 2005
4-29-1985, 6’0, 205 pounds

Clackson leads the Phantoms with 90 penalty minutes, but with only three points to show through 27 games, he is part of the team’s severe lack of scoring depth.

Jonathan Matsumoto, C
Acquired: 3rd round, 79th overall, 2006
10-13-1986, 6’0, 190 pounds

Matsumoto finished second in scoring on the Phantoms last season, but so far this season, he has been easily the most consistent scorer for the organization at the AHL level. With 12 goals and 12 assists in 29 games, his decent production may be the only thing the Phantoms’ last ranked offense afloat.

Jon Kalinski, C
Acquired: 6th round, 152nd overall, 2007
5-25-1987, 6’1, 180 pounds

Though Kalinski’s offense at the professional level seems to be a lost cause, he is getting much better at the little things that help teams win games. His low production of six points in 18 AHL games this year was expected, but when the Flyers’ suffered injuries this season, it was Kalinski who was called up once again to bring some energetic forechecking to the NHL lineup.

Though originally a winger, his versatility has made the move to the center much more manageable, and with a number of contracts on the bottom six for the Flyers expiring this offseason, Kalinski may earn himself a role as the fourth-line center.

Ryan Dingle, C
Acquired: Trade with Anaheim 2009
4-4-1984, 5’10, 180 pounds

Since being traded to the Flyers organization along with Chris Pronger, Dingle has remained a quiet prospect. He is a two-way forward who has the ability to excel at both ends of the ice, but his high-level competitiveness has not been able to create the offensive surge that the Phantoms are desperate for.

Andreas Nodl, RW
Acquired: 2nd round, 39th overall, 2006
2-28-1987, 6’1, 196 pounds

Nodl’s post-college offensive struggles continue, but he may have found himself a new focus as a professional hockey player. His defensive game and board work have been getting much better lately. When added to his speed, these things are slowly developing Nodl into a good two-way forward.

He spent 10 games in the NHL as an injury call-up and registered only one assist. In 17 games for the Phantoms, he has three goals and an assist. If Nodl’s offense ever develops he could become a devastating two-way threat.

David Laliberte, RW
Acquired: 4th round, 124th overall, 2004
3-17-1986, 6’1, 198 pounds

Thanks to injuries, Laliberte got his chance to show off his offensive abilities in the NHL over the course of 11 games during two different stints. He came out on fire and became the first Flyer forward to score a goal in his first two NHL games since Eric Lindros. Afterward, Laliberte was quiet on the score sheet but not on the ice.

In the AHL, Laliberte has four goals and eights assists for 12 points over the course of 20 games. His development has been a welcome surprise so far as he pushes to become a consistent depth scorer on the wings at the NHL level.

Rob Bellamy, RW
Acquired: 3rd round, 92nd overall, 2004
5-30-1985, 6’0, 205 pounds

While many of the Phantoms’ lesser skilled forwards are contributing in the box and each has three points, Bellamy has only two assists along with a -9 in 20 games played. So far he, like the many similar forwards on the roster, have not been much help to the organization during their slump.

Josh Beaulieu, RW
Acquired: 5th round, 152nd overall, 2005
1-10-1987, 6’1, 180 pounds

In 19 games, Beaulieu has accounted for one goal, two assists, nine penalty minutes, and a -7 rating. The lack of scoring depth on the roster is really beginning to show through guys like Beaulieu, who have played a large part in the Phantoms’ lack of scoreboard presence.

Stefan Legein, RW
Acquired: Trade with Columbus 2009
11-24-1988, 5’10, 185 pounds

Legein quit hockey for a while as one of Columbus’ bright, young forward prospects. Upon his return he played 26 games for the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, in 2008-09 and another six this season before getting traded to Philadelphia for defenseman Michael Ratchuk. In those 32 games, Legein scored a total of three goals with one assist.

On the Phantoms’ struggling offense though, Legein has been more than welcome as he took his game up another level. In 22 games, he has scored 12 goals, making the trade look even better. Legein has recommitted himself to hockey, and the Flyers’ organization is the beneficiary.

Kevin Marshall, D
Acquired: 2nd round, 41st overall, 2007
3-10-1989, 6’1, 207 pounds

Despite a solid summer, Marshall got off to a slow start professionally with the Adirondack Phantoms. His low offensive totals are not surprising, but his -8 does show that there is a need for improvement. An injury slowed him down a bit, but the Flyers’ real shut-down defenseman prospect could use a little more adjusting.

In 24 games, he has accounted for two goals. Despite a very strong shot from the point, he is not necessarily a gifted producing blueliner. The Phantoms’ offensive struggles are not his fault, but his plus/minus is suffering.

Marc-Andre Bourdon, D
Acquired: 3rd round, 67th overall, 2008
9-17-1989, 6’0, 225 pounds

Coming into camp this past summer, Bourdon was the QMJHL defenseman of the year. His -5 has not been helpful, but the talented puck-moving defenseman only has six assists in 25 games.

The offensive struggles that have hit the Phantoms hard over the last month and a half are certainly showing themselves in Bourdon, who was producing at over a point-per-game pace during his last season in the Q. Lack of talented forwards is hurting the entire team, especially Bourdon.

Joonas Lehtivuori, D
Acquired: 4th round, 101st overall, 2006
7-19-1988, 5’11, 180 pounds

Another rookie defenseman on the Phantoms, Lehtivuori has not fared much better than his teammates Marshall and Bourdon. In 17 games, he has only four assists and a -2 rating.

With the Finnish league behind him, Lehtivuori seems to have moved over to the North American game well, but with an entire team struggling around him, there is not much he can do other than get caught up in the problems.

Oskars Bartulis, D
Acquired: 3rd round, 91st overall, 2005
1-21-1987, 6’2, 196 pounds

Though Bartulis did not make the Flyers’ NHL roster out of camp, when injuries on the blueline got him his opportunity to join the ranks of the NHL, he didn’t let it go to waste. In 12 games with the Phantoms this season, he had two goals and two assists. So far at the NHL level, he has five assists in 22 games.

It is safe to say that Bartulis is now part of the future on the Flyers’ blueline. Due to his steady play and calm demeanor on the ice, the Flyers quickly gave him a three-year extension. It’s doubtful that he will see the AHL again.

Nicola Riopel, G
Acquired: 5th round, 142nd overall, 2009
2-20-1989, 5’11, 162 pounds

With Ray Emery’s injury at the NHL level, Johan Backlund was recalled to the Flyers to back-up Brian Boucher. Nicola Riopel was expected to be the AHL starter for a brief period of time, but in 10 total games started with the Phantoms, Riopel has accounted for a 3.35 goals-against-average along with a .893 save percentage on his way to four wins.

The organization decided to shuffle their goalie situation. Veteran John Grahame was offered a tryout to play at the AHL level, and Michael Leighton was claimed off waivers to back up Boucher sending Backlund back to the Phantoms. With that, Riopel was sent back to the QMJHL in order to re-examine his game.

ECHL

Jeremy Duchesne, G
Acquired: 4th round, 119th overall, 2005
10-17-1986, 6’0, 201 pounds

Duchesne has posted a record of 5-1-3 on the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, but his numbers still are not that great. His .905 save percentage is not bad, but with a 3.30 goals-against-average over the course of nine games, he’s relied heavily on the K-Wings’ great scoring depth.

Michael Teslak, G
Acquired: Signed as a free-agent 2008
12-2-1985, 6’2, 192 pounds

Teslak has been a non-factor at even the ECHL level as the Wheeling Nailers have decided to have a few other goalies carry the majority of the workload. His 4.00 goals-against-average and .846 save percentage over the course of two games played tell the story, with a 1-1-0 record.