Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Many gritty and physical forwards
  • Several NHL-ready prospects
  • Depth on defense
Weaknesses
  • Few elite forward prospects

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alex Lyon Pro 7.5 D
2. Anthony Stolarz Pro 7.0 C
3. Merrick Madsen NCAA 7.0 C
4. Felix Sandstrom Europe 7.0 D
5. Matej Tomek NCAA 7.0 D
6. Ivan Fedotov Europe 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nicolas Aube-Kubel CHL 7.0 C
2. Cole Bardreau Pro 6.5 C
3. Petr Straka Pro 6.0 C
4. Brandon Alderson Pro 6.0 C
5. Derek Mathers Pro 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Taylor Leier Pro 6.5 C
2. Oskar Lindblom Europe 6.5 C
3. Radel Fazleev CHL 6.5 C
4. Danick Martel Pro 6.5 D
5. Tyrell Goulbourne Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Travis Konecny CHL 7.5 C
2. Nick Cousins Pro 7.0 C
3. Cooper Marody NCAA 7.0 C
4. Jordan Weal Pro 7.0 D
5. Samuel Dove-McFalls CHL 6.5 C
6. David Kase Europe 6.5 C
7. Mikhail Vorobyov Europe 6.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ivan Provorov CHL 8.0 B
2. Samuel Morin Pro 7.5 B
3. Travis Sanheim CHL 7.5 B
4. Mark Alt Pro 7.0 C
5. Robert Hagg Pro 7.0 C
6. Mark Friedman NCAA 7.0 C
7. Philippe Myers CHL 7.0 C
8. Valeri Vasiliev Europe 6.5 C
9. Reece Willcox Pro 6.5 C
10. Jesper Pettersson Pro 6.5 C
11. Terrance Amorosa NCAA 6.5 D
12. Christian Marti Pro 6.5 D
13. David Drake NCAA 6.0 C
14. Maxim Lamarche Pro 6.0 C

A European History of the Philadelphia Flyers (Part 3 of 7)

by Bill Meltzer
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Part III: Ilkka and the Pelles
By the time Miro Dvorak joined the Flyers from Czechoslovakia, the Flyers had already begun to reap their first dividends of European scouting, landing their first players from Scandinavia and Finland. (In hockey terms, “Scandinavian” scouting really means scouting in Sweden because Norway and Denmark (and Iceland) are minor hockey countries. Although often classified as such, Finland is not a Scandinavian country). The early history of Flyers efforts in Finland and Sweden Finland will be recounted separately.

The whole of Flyers history in regard to drafting and/or signing Finnish players remains rather limited even to this day. In the two decades since Swedes and Finns started to be selected regularly in the NHL draft, the Flyers have made only six total entry draft selections from Finland. Moreover, to date, only two Finns have ever worn a Flyers uniform in a regular season or playoff game. For over a decade, the entire history of Finnish Flyers could literally have been summed up in one name: Ilkka Sinisalo.
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A European History of the Philadelphia Flyers (Part 2 of 7)

by Bill Meltzer
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Part II: Early Inroads in Europe

While it is true that the Flyers early relations with players and officials in the major European hockey countries were often strained and sometimes downright hostile, the organization also has a parallel history of being surprisingly progressive in recognizing that the European continent had a lot to offer the NHL.
Often lost amidst the recounting of the bitter rivalry with the Soviets during the 1970s is the fact that Fred Shero, the Broad Street Bullies era coach of the Flyers, was a dedicated student of Russian hockey. Even during the days when the Iron Curtain was firmly in place, Shero was able to travel to Russia during the offseason to study the Soviet style of play and meet with Tarasov. Shero and Tarasov developed a strong admiration for one another and spent a good deal of time together, comparing notes on their respective hockey philosophies. Shero borrowed ideas on practice methods and game tactics from the Soviets and adapted them to be useful in an NHL setting. For example, Shero brought back from Moscow a three man passing drill which simultaneously utilized three pucks, rather than one.
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A European History of the Philadelphia Flyers (Part 1 of 7)

by Bill Meltzer
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Although often portrayed as an organization that turns its back on the European talent pool in the top rounds of the NHL draft and is less patient with young European players in the organization than with North American prospects, the Philadelphia Flyers actually have one of the more complex histories in regard to tapping in to the European talent pool. For a quarter century, the Flyers have had a love-hate relationship with the hockey countries on the other side of the Atlantic. While the Flyers carried open enmity toward the former Soviet hockey machine for a longer period of time than with many other NHL teams, the organization showed itself to be progressive-thinking in other regards, both in Russia and throughout the rest of hockey-playing Europe.

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Beaned By Boston: Hometwon Bruins Throw a Wrench into Flyers Draft Plans

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BOSTON: The Flyers brass came to Boston, armed with great intentions and a solid plan. But a step out of character by the hometown Bruins threw a monkeywrench into Bobby Clarke’s plans when they selected Nick Boynton of the Ottawa 67’s with the 22nd pick in Saturday’s draft. Unfortunately for Flyers fans, their fall back plan certainly left something to be desired. The Flyers selected Maxime Ouellet, a big, talented goalie from Quebec, who now gives the Flyers three “goalies of the future” in their system.

Clarke had his heart set on taking Boynton, who had re-entered the draft, after failing to come to terms with both the Capitals and the Hawks over the past two years since being drafted ninth by Washington in 1997. Boynton is coming off of a great season with the Memorial Cup champs and was named MVP of the final tournament. Being twenty years old, Boynton could have pushed for an NHL job or could have been sent across the parking lot to the Phantoms for some pro seasoning. The guy has the size and speed to go along with a nice offensive game. And Clarke was hoping that the potential contract battles with Boynton and his agent Anton Thun would have kept the poorer NHL teams from selecting Boynton.

He almost made it.
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One Big Step Forward

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When you look at the list of prospects in the Philadelphia Flyers system, it is hard to miss the long list of potential future NHL defensemen. That old axiom “there is strength in numbers” may very well describe the situation as far as youngsters climbing the depth charts in Philadelphia is concerned. As detailed in an earlier edition of Hockey’s Future, the Flyers have a big stable of defensemen that would turn any NHL general manager green with envy. So with all of these young blueliners about to make the jump up to the bigs, why is the only name that anybody in the hockey world talks about when they speak of the Flyers’ prospects is that of a forward?

Two words.

Simon Gagne.

Not only is that the name of the hottest prospect to be drafted by the Flyers since Russ Farwell made a reach and tabbed a quiet kid named Peter Forsberg as his top choice in 1991, but it is also basically the complete list of NHL-caliber forward prospects in the Flyers’ coffers. There are a few names like Wesenberg and Fedoruk that may have what it takes to crack the NHL roster but this update on the Flyers forward prospects was so close to being entitled “The Simon Gagne Report” because Gagne is buffered from the other forwards on the prospect chart by a herd of defensemen.
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