Photo: Harvard goaltender and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Merrick Madsen emerged as a starter in his sophomore season and finished eighth in the nation with a .931 save percentage.(courtesy John Crouch/Icon Sportswire).
The Flyers have a crop of prospects playing in both the NCAA and European levels, including almost all their goaltending prospects. A couple of netminders showed improvement this year, while some played few games and others – namely Matej Tomek – didn’t play at all.
Photo: Frolunda Gothenburg forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson (R) won an SHL championship last month as Frolunda defeated perennial contender Skelleftea in the SHL finals (courtesy of Frolunda Gothenburg/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The SHL often features a plethora of NHL-drafted forwards who play an important role for their team. This year, two of those forwards, namely Andreas Johnson (TOR) and Lucas Wallmark (CAR), have been absolutely key contributors. Johnson actually finished sixth overall in league scoring and continued adding to his point collection in the playoffs. The playoffs also were a showcase for Wallmark who, after just eight goals in the regular season, scored seven in nine postseason contests. Read more»
Photo: Shayne Gostisbehere will receive consideration for Rookie of the Year after an unexpected season in which he set an NHL record for points in consecutive games by a rookie defenseman (15). (Photo: Courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
There weren’t many changes to the Philadelphia Flyers top 20 prospects. But there is a new number one, with Shayne Gostisbehere taking the lead because of his impact at the NHL level. Other prospects saw jumps, including Merrick Madsen, Cooper Marody and Travis Konecny. Read more»
Photo: Although he has only suited up for 33 games, Shayne Gostisbehere’s 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) leads all rookie defensemen in scoring, with a margin of nine over the nearest comer (Colton Parayko). (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t had many prospects graduate to the big club this season, but the few that have made the jump received monumental playing time. For a team that doesn’t have much NHL-ready young talent, it’s doubly important for the prospects it does have to pan out—and so far, so good. Read more»
Photo: Michael Spacek has 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) during his first season overseas with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Welcome to the January 2016 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling behind. Read more»