Photo: Mark Friedman is enjoying a standout freshman season on the blueline with Bowling Green State University. (Courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)
Despite Shayne Gostisbehere’s departure to the professional ranks, the Philadelphia Flyers still possess a number of solid defensive prospects at the collegiate level, including Nick Luukko, Reece Willcox and Mark Friedman. Read more»
Scott Laughton has split duties between Philadelphia and the team’s AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley this season. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
There are not any drastic changes in the Flyers Top 20, and Scott Laughton retains the top position in a prospect pool that is mostly populated with defensemen. Shayne Gostisbehere, Samuel Morin and Travis Sanheim are the top blue liners in the system, but are joined by several others in the Top 10—including Robert Hagg and Mark Alt. Read more»
Photo: Philadelphia forward Scott Laughton has been solid in his rookie NHL season, managing two goals and four assists while playing mostly in the Flyers bottom six. Laughton was picked in the 1st round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
Injuries to Philadelphia Flyers blue line left room for defensive call ups this season. Shayne Gostisbehere was one player promoted, and appeared in his first NHL game. Scott Laughton, one of Philadelphia’s top prospects also saw his first NHL action—and is showing why he should stay.
Photo: MODO forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will lead the offense for Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)
The drama last winter in Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship could hardly be topped. Playing at home in front of crowds sized larger than 12,500 per game, Team Sweden defeated one opponent after another with a literal dream team of U20 athletes. Then they faced the tourney’s upstart team, and their archrival, Finland and it seemed the stars were aligned for a victory parade that few Swedish junior teams had ever topped. Winning the WJC in their home country would have been a story ripe for Hollywood. Read more»
Photo: Defenseman Brandon Manning is the top scorer for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, with 20 points through 26 games. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
After moving from their home of Adirondack, the Phantoms are now underway in their first season in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the PPL Center. But the Philadelphia Flyers‘ AHL affiliate has struggled, and many of the team’s top players have spent time at the NHL level.