Photo: Defenseman Nick Luukko is one of several Philadelphia Flyers prospects who will be competing for an NCAA championship this year. The Flyers selected Luukko in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers have several prospects, mostly defensemen, who have turned in strong seasons in Europe and the NCAA this year.
Photo: Forward Scott Laughton has been one of the top scorers in the OHL all season and currently has 40 goals and 47 assists through 54 games. Laughton was selected 20th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers have several prospects who have demonstrated leadership, scoring ability, physicality, and good overall potential. The prospect talent is spread across the CHL, Europe, the AHL, and the NCAA.
Photo: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov took part in the Subway Super Series with Team Russia and was a late cut from Russia’s 2014 World Junior squad (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
In spite of producing great defensemen like Sergei Gonchar, Vyacheslav Fetisov, and Sergei Zubov, Russia has a better reputation for developing forwards. This is well reflected in the NHL prospect situation in the KHL, where there are a number of intriguing offensive prospects, but only a few defenders with solid NHL potential.
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: Selected in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Swedish defenseman Robert Haag brings a steady two-way presence to the Flyers blue line. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers prospect pool has been suffering for some time now. Though the organization may have several serviceable prospects such as Scott Laughton or Samuel Morin, there is not a whole lot of promise surrounding the team's entire group of prospects.