2009-10: Anthony Stolarz skated for the New Jersey Devils Youth Midget National U16 team and was one of ten Atlantic District goalies chosen for the Liberty Bell Games. He also played in USA Hockey’s Select 16 Festival. In 19 games with the Devils he had a 2.36 goals against and .926 save percentage.
2010-11: Stolarz shared the goaltending duties for the Empire Junior Hockey League’s Jersey Hitmen with Kyle Shapiro. He finished with a 10-4 mark and had a 3.19 goals against and .902 save percentage. The Hitmen finished sixth in the West Conference. Appearing in 3 of 7 playoff games, Stolarz was 1-2 and had a 3.13 goals against and .908 save percentage.
2011-12: Stolarz played in 50 of 60 games for the North American Hockey League’s Corpus Christi IceRays. He finished 23-26 with three shutouts and had a 2.84 goals against and .920 save percentage. Corpus Christi missed the NAHL playoffs – finishing two points behind fourth-place Odessa in the South Division for the final spot. Stolarz committed to playing college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha in 2012-13. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked fourth amongst North American goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings (up from 20th in the mid-term rankings) prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Stolarz appeared in eight games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha as a freshman — leaving the Mavericks’ program in January to skate for the OHL’s London Knights. With senior John Faulkner handling the bulk of the goaltending for UN-O, Stolarz was 2-5 with a 2.56 goals against and .898 save percentage before heading to London. Splitting time with Jake Patterson, Stolarz was 13-3-2 with 1 shutout and had a 2.29 goals against and .920 save percentage in 20 games with the league’s top team. He was in net for most of the playoffs before yielding to Patterson in the finals against Barrie. Stolarz was 13-5 with 1 shutout in 18 playoff games and had a 2.53 goals against and .923 save percentage. He played in three games at the Memorial Cup and was 1-1 with a 4.50 goals against and .872 save percentage. Stolarz signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in March 2014.
2013-14: Stolarz attended Flyers camp before returning to the OHL for his first full season with London. He skated in 35 regular season games for London; missing six weeks after being cut by a skate blade in a January game against Saginaw. He was 25-5-1 with four shutouts and had a 2.52 goals against and .926 save percentage. London finished third in the Midwest Division, advancing to the second round in the OHL playoffs, and participated in the Memorial Cup as the host team. Stolarz started three OHL playoff games — with Jake Patterson handling the bulk of the goaltending — and was 3-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and .933 save percentage. Stolarz played in three games at the Memorial Cup and was 0-3 with a 3.49 goals against and .907 save percentage.
Stolarz is a butterfly goaltender with good size who makes good use of his size in limiting the choices of shooters. He isn't afraid to challenge shooters, and generally plays a good positional game that doesn't leave many options for an opposing shooter. Stolarz could stand to work on his post-to-post coverage, but that is something that he'll have time to work on.
Stolarz is in his first pro season with Flyers' AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2014-15. Currently backing up 33-year-old Rob Zepp, who played in Europe the past nine seasons, he should see more action as he gains experience.