Flyers prospect postseason update

By Al Alven






Dec4

Below are statistics for and updated
reports on all Philadelphia Flyers prospects still alive in their respective
playoffs through Thursday, May 6th. Skaters are listed alphabetically on
a level-by-level basis. Goaltenders are listed separately at the bottom
of this page.

New to the list this week:

Rejean Beauchemin, Goaltender

Gone from the
list:


Brett Engelhardt, Forward

Rosario Ruggeri, Defenseman

 

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (NHL)

Joni Pitkanen, Defenseman

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia FlyersNHL 71  8  19  27  +15  44  5  0 

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia FlyersNHL  11   0   3   3   -3   6   0   0 

Pitkanen continues to hang in there as a rookie in the
Stanley Cup playoffs. His pairing with veteran Mattias Timander has been
the least-consistent of the Flyers’ defensive units in the playoffs, though
Timander did step up and play well during the Toronto series. Pitkanen
has struggled from shift to shift at times, and proved to be turnover-prone
when he came under attack from the Maple Leafs’ ultra-physical forwards.
He managed to get through the series without making any major mistakes,
however, and will now look to regroup against the less-physical, but highly-skilled
Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference finals. Pitkanen finished the series
against the Leafs with a minus-two rating and two assists. One of those
helpers come on the outlet pass to Jeremy Roenick that led to the overtime,
series-clinching goal in Game 6.


Patrick Sharp, Center

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia FlyersNHL  41   5   2   7   -3  55  0  0 
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  35  15  14  29  +5  45  7 0

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia FlyersNHL  7   0   0   0   -3   0   0   0 
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  1   2   0   2   E   0   0   0 

After struggling in his role as the Flyers’ fourth line
center, Sharp was a healthy scratch for Games 4, 5 and 6 against the Maple
Leafs. He was assigned to the Phantoms for the opening game of the team’s
second round series against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and responded by scoring
two goals in the losing effort. Sharp has the ability to be a dominant
player at the AHL level, as he was clearly one of the best players on the
ice on Wednesday night. He is, however, expected to be returned to the
Flyers in time for the start of the conference finals against Tampa
Bay.

 

PHILADELPHIA PHANTOMS (AHL)

Calder Cup Playoff East Division Semifinals  (vs. Norfolk Admirals)

Game 1  –  Phantoms 1, Admirals 2

Game 2  –  Admirals 2, Phantoms 1 (OT)

Game 3  –  Phantoms 3, Admirals 1

Game 4  –  Phantoms 2, Admirals 1 (3
OT)

Game 5  –  Tonight at Norfolk

Game 6*  –  Tomorrow at Philadelphia

Game 7*  –  Monday at Philadelphia

Phantoms win series, 4-2

 

Calder Cup Playoff East Division Finals  (vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins)

Game 1  –  Penguins 5, Phantoms 4

Game 2  –  Tonight at Philadelphia

Game 3  –  Tomorrow at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Game 4  –  Monday, 5/10 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Game 5*  –  Wednesday, 5/12 at Philadelphia

Game 6*  –  Friday, 5/14 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Game 7*  –  Sunday, 5/16 at Philadelphia

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads series, 1-0

* = if necessary


B.J. Abel, Center

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL   53  6  4 10  +5  42  0  0 
Trenton TitansECHL 13  1  3  4  +2  12  0  1 

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  7   1   2   3   +2   2   0   0 

Surprisingly, Abel has been one of the Phantoms’ more
effective forwards in the postseason. The rookie pivot is tied for second
on the team in goals and third in points through seven playoff games. He
had a three-game point streak snapped in the 5-4 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
on Wednesday night.


Jeff Carter, Center

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
S.S. Marie GreyhoundsOHL  57  36  30  66  +4  26  11  6 

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  7   2   0   2   E   0   0   0 

Carter appears to be gaining confidence and getting more
comfortable with every passing game. The 19-year-old center notched his
first professional goal last Saturday, the game-winner in the series-clinching
win over the Norfolk Admirals. He then was one of the Phantoms’ best forwards
in Game 1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, netting another goal and playing
a solid, all-around game. Carter simply exudes talent and superior skill
on the ice. The more the London, Ontario native plays, the more this becomes
apparent. This time last week, Carter was still looking for his first goal
with the Phantoms. This week, he has the poised look of a young player
getting ready to explode offensively.  


Ben Eager, Left wing

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL5000E000
Oshawa GeneralsOHL  61  25  27  52  -3  204  6 0 

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Oshawa GeneralsOHL  7   2   3   5   E   31  0  0 
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  –   –   –   –   –  –  –  – 

Eager has been a scratch for each of the Phantoms’ seven
playoff games thus far. He did not travel with the team for road games
during the semifinals series against Norfolk, feuling speculation that
he is suffering from some sort of undisclosed injury. The Phantoms have
been very quiet on the matter.


Joey Hope, Defenseman

Regular Season


TeamLeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  48   0  4  4  +1  32  0  0 
Trenton TitansECHL4 0 2 2+2000

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  5   0   1   1   +2   6   0   0 

Hope has played well in his five postseason appearances.
Because he is not the most talented of defensemen, the rookie has to keep
his game simple to be effective. He has done so thus far. Head coach John
Stevens has scratched popular, solid rearguard Kirk Furey in favor of Hope
over the past few games. With the Phantoms (and Flyers) getting back to
full-strength defensively, it will be interesting to see if Stevens stays
with the current lineup or continues to tinker. 


Randy Jones, Defenseman

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  55  8  24  32  E  63  2  0 
Philadelphia FlyersNHL5000+1000

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia FlyersNHL –  –  –  –   –  –  – –

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  7   0   1   1   E   0   0  0

The Phantoms would certainly benefit from an increase
in offensive production from its defensive unit against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Jones’ one assist on the playoff year is a disappointing figure, as he
is the team’s most talented offensive defenseman behind veteran John Slaney.
The rookie rearguard has continued to provide the team with smart, positional
play in his own zone, but his contributions at the other end of the rink
(particularly on the power play) have been far from stellar so far this
spring.


James Laux, Defenseman

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  23  4  3   7 +7 11  0  0 
Trenton TitansECHL 7  0  1   1  -1  14  0  0

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL –  –  –  –   –  –  – –

Laux has been a healthy scratch for each of the Phantoms’
seven playoff games thus far.


Freddy Meyer, Defenseman

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  59  14  14  28  +13  50  6  0 
Philadelphia FlyersNHL 1 0  0  0  E  0  0  0 

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL   7   0   1   1   -1   8   0   0 

Like Jones, Meyer’s offensive output to this point in
the postseason has been disappointing. The rookie blueliner was second
among defensemen and fifth on the team overall in goal scoring during the
regular season, but he has not been able to generate much through seven
playoff games. His inability to find the back of the net is a cause for
concern, though he has played reasonably well in his own zone. Meyer is
one of the ice time leaders for the Phantoms, and he will continue to see
plenty of action in all game situations.


Stefan Ruzicka, Right wing

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL2000E000
Owen Sound AttackOHL 62  34  38  72  +2  63  5  0 

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Owen Sound AttackOHL  7   1   6   7   +3  8   1  0 
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL  2    1    0    1    -1    2    1   0 

Ruzicka appeared in the Phantoms’ first two playoff games,
but has been a healthy scratch since. At this point, head coach John Stevens
is opting to sit the talented, 19-year-old forward in favor of players
with more experience. Whether Ruzicka can work his way back into the lineup
remains to be seen, but look for a forward shakeup if the team drops Game
2 to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tonight.


Dennis Seidenberg, Defenseman

Regular Season


TeamLeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL3371219+113120
Philadelphia FlyersNHL5000-4200

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL    4    1   2   3   E   2   1   0 

Seidenberg has been very busy in the past week. He was
recalled to the Flyers on Tuesday to serve as an emergency seventh defenseman
for Game 6 of the team’s semifinal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Despite suiting up, he did not get off of the bench in the 3-2 overtime
win. The German defender was reassigned to the Phantoms the following day.
Despite the team’s disappointing performance in Game 1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton,
Seidenberg was a bright spot. He played his best game since returning from
his broken leg, notching a power play goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating.


Wade Skolney, Defenseman

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL 56   1   8  9  +1  106  0  0 

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL    7   0   0   0   E   4   0   0 

Like all of the other Phantoms defensemen, Skolney will
be asked by head coach John Stevens to step up his game in the wake of
the team’s Game 1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Skolney has continued
his quiet, yet effective play in the postseason. He has also been very
disciplined, as his low penalty minute total so far would attest.


Stephen Wood, Defenseman

Regular Season


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL 4   0   0   0  E  0  0 0
Providence CollegeHE  37   11  18  29  –  66  6 2

Playoffs


Team LeagueGPGAPts.+/-PIMsPPGSHG
Philadelphia PhantomsAHL –  –  –  –   –  –  – –

Wood has been a healthy scratch for each of the Phantoms’
seven playoff games thus far.

 

GOALTENDERS

Rejean Beauchemin

Regular Season

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
Prince Albert Raiders
WHL
 62 
 30 
 21 
 6 
 6 
 2.32 
 .911 

Playoffs

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
Prince Albert Raiders
WHL
 6 
 2 
 4 
  – 
 0 
  2.33 
 .909 
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL
 – 
 – 
 – 
  – 
 – 
  – 
 – 

In a very surprising move, the Flyers have summoned Beauchemin
to Philadelphia to serve as an emergency third-string goaltender for the
team. The presence of another netminder was needed, with Antero Niittymaki
and Neil Little still involved in the AHL playoffs with the Phantoms. Beauchemin,
who had been working as a teacher’s aid in Manitoba, was sensational in
his first season as a starter in the WHL this year. He led the Prince Albert
Raiders to their first playoff appearance in four years, earning an Eastern
Conference Second Team All-Star berth in the process. The Winnipeg native
will practice with the Flyers for now, but will only dress for a game if
Robert Esche or Sean Burke sit out due to injury.


Bernd Bruckler

Regular Season

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
University of Wisconsin
WCHA
 33 
 17
 7 
 8 
 2 
 2.15 
 .924 

Playoffs

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
University of Wisconsin
WCHA
  3 
 1 
 2 
 –
 1 
 2.35 
 .889 
University of Wisconsin
NCAA
 2
 1
 1
 –
 1
.964

World Championships

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
Team Austria
IIHF
  – 
  – 
 – 
 –
 – 
  – 
  – 

Bruckler served as a backup to Reinhard Divis on this
year’s entry for Team Austria at the World Championships in the Czech Republic.
The 22-year-old netminder did not appear in a game, but did gain valuable
experience by being a part of one of the biggest events on the hockey calendar.
Austria made big strides in the tournament this season, despite being eliminated
in quarterfinal play.


Antero Niittymaki

Regular Season

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
Philadelphia Phantoms
AHL
  49 
 24 
 13 
 6 
 7 
 2.02 
 .924 
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL
 3 
 3 
 0 
 0 
 0 
 1.00 
 .961 

* Was credited with shorthanded
empty-net overtime goal at Hershey on April 11th

Playoffs

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
Philadelphia Phantoms
AHL
   7 
  4 
  3 
  – 
  0 
  1.74 
  .929 

* Recorded an assist vs. Norfolk on 4/21/04

Niittymaki had a rough go of it in the Phantoms’ 5-4 Game
1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The sophomore netminder was victimized
for five goals on 29 shots in what was one of the team’s worst defensive
efforts in recent memory. The skaters blew multiple coverage assignments
during the second half of the contest, leaving Niittymaki out to dry on
a number of occasions. Considering that this was the young Finn’s first
“bad” postseason game in the AHL, it will be interesting to see how he
responds.


David Tremblay

Regular Season

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
Gatineau Olympiques
QMJHL
 47 
 33 
 10 
 3 
 3 
 2.63 
 .908 

QMJHL Playoffs

Team
League
GP
W
L
T
SO
GAA
SP
Gatineau Olympiques
QMJHL
 13 
  11 
  2 
  – 
  2 
  1.86 
 .917 

It looks like Tremblay and the Gatineau Olympiques will
be representing the QMJHL in this year’s Memorial Cup Tournament. The Olympiques
currently lead the Moncton Wildcats in the “Q” finals, three games to none,
and can close out the series tonight. Tremblay has been very strong against
Moncton (3-0, 1 shutout, 1.33 GAA, .935 SP), just as he has been all season
long for the Olympiques. He is on the verge of making a huge name for himself.


League Legend

AHL  –  American Hockey League

ECHL  –  (The former East Coast Hockey
League)

HE  –  Hockey East (NCAA)

IIHF  –  International Ice Hockey Federation

NCAA  –  NCAA Frozen Four Tournament

OHL  –  Ontario Hockey League

QMJHL  –  Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League

WJC  –  World Junior Championships