Flyers Junior and European Update

By Bill Meltzer

Here is the latest news on Flyers affiliated players in junior, college, and European hockey:

Canadian Junior Hockey

Guillaume Lefebvre: Lefebvre, who bounced around the Q last season, seems to have found a home in Rouyn. Through 10 games, the center has 10 points (2 goals; 1 powerplay, 1 shorthanded). He is getting steady ice-time.

Jeff Feniak: The big defenseman has been solid in his own end of the ice. He has also played physically- something he has to do to be successful. He has only one point (a goal) on the season but he will never be someone who can be tracked by points. More importantly, he has 30 penalty minutes and a +6 rating for Tri-City.

U.S. College Hockey

John Eichelberger: Did not play in the Wisconsin season opener. Started but did not score in their second game.

Colin Shields: Looking for ice time with U of Maine in the early season.


Antero Niitymäki: Continues to be the most exciting Flyers prospect outside of the North American pros. Came in the last TPS game (a convincing loss against Jokerit) in relief of Fredrik Norrena. Niittymäki may get the start in TPS’s road game tonight against Tappara. For the season, Niitymäki has appeared in all or parts of 5 games, recording a shutout, a 1.85 goals against average, and .925 save percentage.

Marko Kauppinen: Kauppinen has seen increased playing time for league-leading Jokerit. He has yet to take advantage of the opportunity. He’s been on for several goals against of late and is still stuck on one point on the season.


Pär Styf: Playing sparingly for Timrå. No points or penalty minutes on the season.

Allsvenskan South

David Nyström: Continues to be one of Troja’s top players, although he has hasn’t scored a goal in a couple of games. Has 3 goals and 3 assists and a +5 rating in 5 games played to date.

Czech Extraleague

Pavel Kasparik: Kasparik has been a bust for Karlovy Vary. Expected to produce on the scoring lines, he has been ineffective and found his ice time reduced. Still stuck on two points for the season.

Milan Kopecky: Has been sent back to Slavia’s junior team after only dressing in one game for their big club.

Russian Superleague

No individual reports at this time on Alexander Drozdetsky or Konstantin Rudenko.