Flyers 2008-09 NCAA prospects update

By Grant Dovey

An organization known for having a plethora of talent in the collegiate ranks, the Flyers currently have just three prospects playing in the NCAA.

James vanRiemsdyk, LW

University of New Hampshire
Drafted 2007 1st round (2nd overall)

vanRiemsdyk continues to dominate at the college level at New Hampshire. After 22 contests, the sophomore is second on the team in goals (8) and first in assists (18) and points (27). After being one of the top picks in the 2007 draft, the Middletown, N.J., native was phenomenal in his rookie campaign at New Hampshire. Despite the Flyers trying to persuade him to come out of college early, vanRiemsdyk wanted to stay at school.

vanRiemsdyk was selected to play for Team USA in the 2009 World Junior Championships and there he had six goals and four assists and scored the overtime winner in the final game, a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic that gave the Americans a fifth-place finish.

He has still not announced his plans for next season, but a year with the AHL Phantoms would probably do him a lot of good. vanRiemsdyk is a great player and a consistent scorer, it is just a matter of experience to get to the NHL.

R.J. Anderson, D

University of Minnesota
Drafted 2004 4th round (101st overall)

As a senior at Minnesota, Anderson has been a consistent defender for the Golden Gophers. Coming out of Centennial High School, Anderson was considered one of the top players in Minnesota and he dominated the offensive and defensive aspects of the games. Anderson has had a tough time this season finding the scoring touch, however.

Anderson had a pretty successful season last year, leading Minnesota defensemen in goals with five and tallied seven assists as well. Now as a senior, Anderson is a leader on the blueline and can log a lot of ice time. Anderson has the offensive skills, but in 22 games so far this season, he has no goals and only two assists. With the depth of the Minnesota defense, Anderson has not seen much power-play time.

Anderson has not lived up to hype he had in high school. It is unlikely that the Flyers will attempt to sign him after this season. Philadelphia has a lot of talent in front of him on the depth chart.

Brad Phillips, G

University of Notre Dame
Drafted 2007 7th round (182nd overall)

Phillips has not seen much playing time in his college career thus far and is out for the 2008-09 season with a knee injury. Odds were he would not have gotten much playing time this season anyway because senior Jordan Pearce is still around. Notre Dame is a school that does not use redshirts, but Phillips can apply for a fifth-year of eligibility after his senior season. As a freshman last season, Phillips went 4-1-0 with seven goals against and one shutout.

After missing this season, Phillips will have two, if not three full seasons to complete his career at Notre Dame. There is no point in bringing the 6’2, 171-pound butterfly goalie out of school until he has a full season as a starter. With Pearce graduating this season, Phillips will have a shot at the starting spot next season. Phillips has a lot of potential, but his year-ending knee injury has definitely been a setback.