Luke Pither
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Luke Pither

Hometown:

Burketon Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-04-26

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2010

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Luke Pither began his fourth season in the OHL with Guelph before being traded to Belleville and finishing the season with the Bulls. Pither scored 16 goals with 14 assists and was +1 with 22 PMs in 41 games with Guelph prior to going to Belleville. Pither's offensive game flourished in the star-studded Belleville lineup as he scored 19 goals with 23 assists and was +19 in 23 games with the East Division champs. Pither's scoring spree continued in the playoffs as the Bulls reached the semifinals. In 17 playoff games he scored 6 goals with 13 assists and was +2.

2009-10: Pither was Invited to the Traverse City Tournament by the NY Rangers in 2009 but not signed to a contract and returned to the OHL to play an over-age season with Barrie. Pither finished third in the OHL in scoring behind first-round picks Taylor Hall (EDM) and Tyler Seguin (BOS) with 94 points. Pither scored 36 goals with 58 assists in 67 games and was +39 as the Colts finished with the OHL's best record. In 17 playoff games Pither was +5 and led the Colts with 20 points. He scored 5 of his 9 goals on the power play with 11 assists as the Colts reached the semifinals but fell to Mississauga St. Michael's. Pither was named to the OHL's Third All-Star Team and signed a free-agent, entry-level contract with the Flyers in March 2010.

2010-11: Pither was a streak scorer in his first pro season with the AHL Phantoms. Like most of the Phantoms he got off to a slow start (he scored his first goal in his 15th game). Pither's production picked up following the Adirondack coaching changes as he began to see more ice time. He had 11 points in a 14-game stretch from early December into the New Year. However, he was pointless in the month of February before heating up again in March. In 67 games with the Phantoms, Pither scored 9 goals with 11 assists and was -12 with 19 PMs.

2011-12: Pither did not have the breakout second season that some envisioned – skating in just 39 games for the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms and also spending time with Trenton in the ECHL. He had 2 goals with 8 assists and was minus-five with 18 penalty minutes for the Phantoms, who finished fifth in the Northeast Division; missing the AHL playoffs. In four games with Trenton he was minus-four and had 1 assist with 4 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

He is talented offensively, but he tends to shy away from physicality and is not particularly reliable defensively.

 

Future

Pither was loaned to the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers from Trenton and is scoring at a point-per-game pace with them in 2012-13. It seems doubtful, however, that he will be in the Flyers plans beyond this season.

 

Hard working depth players populate Philadelphia Flyers prospect pool

by Chris Shafer
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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.

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