European Flyers by the numbers – (Part 7 of 7)

By Bill Meltzer

Part 7: Euro Draft Statistical Breakdown
Times have certainly changed in the NHL over the last quarter century. It is now truly a global league. Locker rooms commonly feature players from seven different countries and there are a smattering of players from several other lands. European talent scouting has become more crucial than ever as the league has continued to expand and more and more European-born players have come to be selected in the early phases of the NHL draft. Today, many European fans follow the NHL with equal or greater passion than they do the leagues in their own country. NHL hockey has become a global entity. So have the Philadelphia Flyers, sometimes blazing trails at the forefront, sometimes being dragged kicking and screaming.
Appendix: European Flyers by the numbers

Through 1998-99, there have been 28 European-born players who have worn a Flyers uniform, not including players who dressed only in pre-season games, such as Toni Porkka and Vladislav Boulin. Here is a county-by country breakdown:

Sweden (10)
Mikael Andersson
Bo Berglund
Pelle Eklund
Thomas Eriksson
Patrik Juhlin
Pelle Lindbergh
Mikael Renberg
Magnus Roupé
Kjell Samuelsson
Tommy Söderström

Czech Repubic [or Czech portion of former Czechoslovakia] (8)
Josef Beranek
Miroslav Dvorak
Martin Hostak
Frantisek Kucera
Jiri Latal
Vaclav Prospal
Petr Svoboda
Roman Vopat

Russia (7)
Slava Butsayev
Andrei Kovalenko
Andrei Lomakin
Anatoli Semenov
Dmitri Tertyshny
Dmitri Yushkevich
Valeri Zelepukin

Finland (2)
Janne Niinimaa
Ilkka Sinisalo

Lithunia (1)
Dainius Zubrus

How acquired:

Via draft (18)
Slava Butsayev
Miroslav Dvorak
Pelle Eklund
Thomas Eriksson
Martin Hostak
Patrik Juhlin
Jiri Latal
Pelle Lindbergh
Andrei Lomakin
Janne Niinimaa
Vaclav Prospal
Mikael Renberg
Magnus Roupé
Ilkka Sinisalo (undrafted rookie free agent)
Tommy Söderström
Dmitri Tertyshny
Dmitri Yushkevich
Dainius Zubrus

Via Trade (11)- (Does not include players
whose rights were once acquired via
trade but who never played for the
Flyers (such as Jari Kurri))

Mikael Andersson
Josef Beranek
Bo Berglund
Frantisek Kucera
Andrei Kovalenko
Mikael Renberg (2nd stint)
Kjell Samuelsson (1st stint)
Anatoli Semenov
Petr Svoboda
Valeri Zelepukin
Dainius Zubrus

Via Free Agency (1)
Kjell Samuelsson (2nd stint)

All-Time Flyer Regular Season Stats (through end of 1998-99 season)

GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW GT Sh Sh%
Pelle Eklund 589 118 334 452 107 +9 41 6 1 6 1952 12.39
Ilkka Sinisalo 526 199 209 408 180 +135 45 11 28 6 1076 18.49
Mikael Renberg 304 120 147 267 180 +79 31 0 15 1 897 13.38
Kjell Samuelsson 545 35 106 141 815 +103 4 1 5 2 579 6.04
Thomas Eriksson 208 22 76 98 107 +43 7 1 2 0 316 6.96
Miroslav Dvorak 193 11 74 85 51 +58 2 3 1 1 248 4.44
Josef Beranek 134 46 38 84 137 E 8 0 2 0 307 14.98
Janne Niinimaa 143 7 71 78 114 +18 3 0 3 0 256 2.73
Dmitri Yushkevich 197 15 61 76 204 E 5 1 4 0 371 4.04
Petr Svoboda 232 10 60 70 320 +62 4 1 1 0 225 4.44
Dainius Zubrus 200 19 43 62 89 +27 2 1 7 0 221 8.60
Andrei Lomakin 108 22 28 50 60 +9 2 0 0 0 146 15.07
Jiri Latal 92 12 36 48 24 -14 4 0 1 0 162 7.41
Slava Butsayev 99 14 23 37 119 +5 2 0 3 0 137 10.22
Vaclav Prospal 59 10 23 33 21 -7 4 0 0 0 95 10.53
Valeri Zelepukin 74 16 9 25 48 E 0 0 5 0 129 12.40
Anatoli Semenov 70 4 15 19 20 +1 0 0 2 0 91 4.40
Martin Hostak 55 3 11 14 24 E 1 0 0 0 72 4.17
Patrik Juhlin 56 7 6 13 23 -9 1 0 1 0 58 12.07
Dmitri Tertyshny 62 2 8 10 30 -1 1 0 0 0 68 2.94
Magnus Roupé 40 3 5 8 42 -5 1 0 0 0 52 5.77
Pelle Lindbergh 157 0 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Roman Vopat 48 0 3 3 80 -3 0 0 0 0 24 0.00
Milos Holan 8 1 1 2 4 -4 1 0 0 0 26 3.85
Bo Berglund 7 0 2 2 4 E 0 0 0 0 5 0.00
Tommy Söderström 78 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Mikael Andersson 7 0 1 1 0 +1 0 0 0 0 11 0.00
Andrei Kovalenko 13 0 1 1 2 -5 0 0 0 0 8 0.00
Frantisek Kucera 2 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.00

Goaltenders GP Mins GA GAA W L T EN SO Shts Sv%
Pelle Lindbergh 157 9151 503 3.30 87 49 15 8 7 4447 .887
Tommy Söderström 78 4248 259 3.66 26 35 10 11 7 2178 .881

Flyers European Drafting History

1967- 1974 (Bud Poile and Keith Allen, GMs): none

1975 (Keith Allen, GM)
Viktor Khatulev (9/160)

1976-1977 (Keith Allen, GM): none

1978 (Keith Allen, GM)
Anton Stastny (12/198)

1979 (Keith Allen, GM)
Pelle Lindbergh (2/35)
Thomas Eriksson (5/98)

1980 (Keith Allen, GM)
Taras Zytynsky (4/84)

1981 (Keith Allen, GM)
Vladimir Svitek (7/137)

1982 (Keith Allen, GM)
Miroslav Dvorak (3/46)
Mikael Hjälm (4/77)
Magnus Roupé (9/182)

1983 (Keith Allen, GM)
Pelle Eklund (8/161)

1984 (Keith Allen, GM)
Juraj Bakos (12/247)

1985 (Bob Clarke, GM): none

1986 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Jukka Seppo (2/23)
Sami Wahlsten (7/146)

1987 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Martin Hostak (3/62)
Tomaz Eriksson (4/83)
Darius Ruznak (11/230)

1988 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Johan Salle (8/161)
Drahomir Kadlec (12/245)

1989 (Bob Clark, GM)
Patrik Juhlin (2/34)
Niklas Eriksson (6/117)
Sverre Sears (8/159)

1990 (Russ Farwell, GM)
Mikael Renberg (2/40)
Slava Butsayev (6/109)
Patric Englund (8/151)
Toni Porkka (9/172)
Tommy Söderström (11/214)

1991 (Russ Farwell, GM)
Peter Forsberg (1/6)
Dmitri Yushkevich (6/122)
Andrei Lomakin (7/138)

1992 (Russ Farwell, GM)
Denis Metlyuk (2/31)
Vladislav Boulin (5/103)
Roman Zolotov (6/127)
Jonas Håkansson (9/199)

1993 (Russ Farwell, GM)
Janne Niinimaa (2/36)
Vaclav Prospal (3/71)
Milos Holan (3/77)

1994 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Artem Anisimov (3/62)
Alexander Selivanov (6/140)
Johan Hedberg (9/218)
Jan Lipiansky (11/270)

1995 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Radovan Somik (4/100)
Dmitri Tertyshny (6/132)
Martin Spanhel (6/152)
Martin Streit (7/178)
Ruslan Shafikov (8/204)

1996 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Dainius Zubrus (1/15)
Per-Ragnar Bergqvist (5/124)
Roman Malov (7/187)

1997 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Mikhail Chernov (4/103)
Marko Kauppinen (8/214)
Pär Styf (9/240)

1998 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Antero Niittymäki (6/168)
Tomas Divisek (7/195)
Lubomir Pistek (8/222)
Petr Hubacek (9/243)
Sergei Skrobat (9/258)

1999 (Bob Clarke, GM)
Konstantin Rudenko (6/160)
Pavel Kasparik (7/200)
Vaclav Pletka (7/208)
David Nyström (8/224)

I hope you have enjoyed a look at the Flyers European drafting history! If you have any comments or feedback please direct all e-mail to the e-mail address in the heading. It was a pleasure providing all this info to all you loyal Flyer fans!