Ben Holmstrom
Image: NHL

Ben Holmstrom

Hometown:

Colorado Springs Colorado

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-04-09

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2010

Weight:

197 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Ben Holmstrom skated in all 38 games for Massachusetts-Lowell (Hockey East) in his junior season. Holmstrom scored 6 goals with 21 assists and was -2 with 52 PMs for the fifth-place River Hawks. Four of his six goals were scored on the power play.

2009-10: Holmstrom made his pro debut with AHL Adirondack after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers in March 2011 following his senior season at Massachusetts-Lowell. He posted 3 goals and was -2 with 9 PMs in 13 games for the Phantoms, who failed to reach the playoffs. Holmstrom posted 9 goals and 14 assists in 39 games with the River Hawks, who finished tied for third in Hockey East.

2010-11: Holmstrom had the proverbial cup of coffee with the Flyers, making his NHL debut in March and then appearing in an April game at Ottawa, while being a solid-two way forward for AHL Adirondack in his first pro season. Holmstrom was scoreless and -1 with 5 PMs in just over 18 minutes of action in the two games. Holmstrom scored 16 goals with 22 assists in 79 games with Adirondack. He had 75 PMs and was -13 for a Phantoms team that missed the AHL playoffs.

2011-12: Holmstrom  saw limited time in a handful of games for the Flyers and provided offense and physical play for Philadelphia's AHL affiliate Adirondack in his second pro season. He had no points and 2 penalty minutes, averaging under 7 minutes of ice time in five games with Philadelphia. Holmstrom led the Phantoms with 134 penalty minutes and scored 15 goals with 26 assists; finishing minus-14 in 67 games. The Phantoms were fifth in the Northeast Division and missed the AHL playoffs. Holmstrom was re-signed by the Flyers to a one-year contract as an restricted free agent in July, 2012.

2012-13: Holmstrom suffered a season-ending knee injury in December while playing for the Flyers' AHL affiliate in Adirondack. In 22 games for the Phantoms he scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +3 with 29 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Holmstrom signed a one-year contract extension with the Flyers in March of 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Holmstrom comes into the Flyers' organization having already been a solid force for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell since his sophomore year, putting up over 20 points in each season of over 30 games. His offensive capabilities still leave a bit to be desired, but he is an outstanding defensive forward with a good physical aspect as well as solid skating.

 

Future

Holmstrom will continue his development with the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms in 2013-14.

 

Scott Laughton remains top prospect for Philadelphia Flyers

by Chris Shafer
on

Scott Laughton - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Center Scott Laughton is currently the only Philadelphia Flyers prospect to have been drafted in the first round. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While the Philadelphia Flyers have not had the most dazzling prospect pool in recent NHL memory, they have had a steady amount of success from the top of their ranks. While consistently trading away first and second round picks does not provide the steadiest foundation from which to build an organization, the Flyers have had almost astonishing success making trades for high-end players who are just hitting their developmental stride.

Read more»

AHL affiliate for Philadelphia Flyers amid trying 2012-13 season

by Chris Shafer
on

Tye McGinn - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Forward Tye McGinn has been one of the more pleasant surprises for the Philadelphia Flyers this season. McGinn has played in 16 NHL games with the Flyers. (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/Icon SMI)

The Phantoms' franchise, even before it moved to Glens Falls to become the Adirondack Phantoms, has been in a state of struggle underneath a successful NHL franchise. This comes despite a large amount of success from drafted prospects. The Phantoms have not really been successful since winning the Calder Cup during the NHL lockout year of 2004-05. Two early exits from the postseason over the course of what will be seven seasons of hockey does not suggest a steady foundation of prospects on which to build an NHL franchise.

Read more»

Hard working depth players populate Philadelphia Flyers prospect pool

by Chris Shafer
on

Marc Andre Bourdon - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Marc-Andre Bourdon is one of several Flyers defensive prospects who already has some NHL experience on his resume. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

While the Philadelphia Flyers prospect pool consistently hovers near the bottom of the league, it is not for a lack of production. A steady stream of graduates has kept the team rotating through young talent since the end of the 2004-05 NHL Lockout. Though they once again lack blue-chip prospects within their pool, most of the weight for the future of the team is carried by young NHL players such as Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier, and the Schenn brothers, Luke and Brayden.

Read more»

Scott Laughton new top prospect for Philadelphia Flyers

by Chris Shafer
on

erik gustafsson - philadelphia flyers

Photo: Defenseman Erik Gustafsson is one of several Flyers defensive prospects with NHL experience. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

While the Philadelphia Flyers do not necessarily have a deep or talented prospect pool, it is not because of poor drafting and prospect development. On the contrary, the Flyers' prospect pool is shallow because the organization does a masterful job transitioning their prospects directly to the NHL, with Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, and Matt Read the most recent to make the jump.

Read more»

Related Articles