Photo: Forward Jason Akeson currently leads the Adirondack Phantoms with 16 goals and 42 points through 45 games. Akeson was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to an NHL deal in 2011. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
The Adirondack Phantoms have had a rough couple of seasons in the AHL recently, but a fresh injection of youth and sophomore head coach Terry Murray are trying to right the ship. With Murray putting a heavy emphasis on defense-first hockey, the Phantoms are one of the best defensive teams in the AHL.
Photo: Defenseman Mark Alt is in his first full year of professional hockey following three seasons at the University of Minnesota. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers have generally taken an ambivalent approach to developing prospects, preferring to focus their resources on the NHL club and procuring more established young talent through trades or free agent signings.
Photo: Center Sean Couturier was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers eighth overall in 2011. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
A disappointing 2012-13 season for the Flyers has left an awkward situation in Philadelphia heading into the offseason. The struggles of the team seem to go hand-in-hand with the struggles of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Meanwhile, former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky recently won a Vezina Trophy with the Columbus Blue Jackets, less than a year removed from being traded out of Philadelphia.
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.
Photo: St. Cloud State junior defenseman Nick Jensen, who was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, also earned national recognition as part of the All-America West First team (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
In this special edition of the NCAA prospect notebook, Hockey’s Future takes a look at some stories making headlines at the 2013 Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, PA.