Prospect Profiles: Shane Harper

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Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 5.11″
Weight: 193
Birthdate: February 1, 1989
Age: 22
Hometown: Valencia, California
Acquired: Signed as free agent (3-04-10)

“Shane’s obviously got some gifts. He’s a very talented kid with the puck and an exceptional skater. He also has the ability to beat people one-on-one, and he has the touch around the net. Those are the things when you get a young athlete that you cannot make them better at. You either have that or you don’t.” – Flyers scout Mark Greig

“He’s a talented kid. He’s got a nose for scoring around the net, he’s a good skater and has good hockey sense. A sense for a hockey player is not something we can teach or improve, it’s God-given.” – Mark Greig

Shane Harper began his junior career in the 2005-2006 with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. He tallied 6 goals and 4 assists in 64 games as a rookie. Harper also scored a goal in 5 playoff games this year.

Harper showes some progress in his sophomore season with the Silvertips. He finished with more assists (12) and points (15) than he did in his rookie season. However, he goal scoring was cut in half to three. In the playoffs, he finished with a goal and two assists in 8 games.

In year three, Harper made big strides in his development. He set career highs in goals (17), assists (26), and points (43). He also added two more assists in four games of playoff action. He was acknowledged as the Silvertips Most Improved Player for his performance this season.

Harper played all 72 games wigh the Silvertips in 2008-200, which was another career year for the forward. He nearly doubled his goal totals from the previous year with 32. He also eclipsed his previous high in points by 23. The Silvertips named him the Most Valuable Player along with another teammate. He also won the Ironman Award for appearing in every game with them.

Harper was named an alternate captain for the Silvertips for his final year with them which ended up being another career year. His 42 goals set a franchise record for the most goals scored in a single season. His 38 assists and 80 points were career highs. His totals in the playoffs (6g, 4a in 7gp) were also a career best. He once again won the Ironman award for playing all 72 games with the Silvetips. He was also named the Most Valuavle Player.

The 2010-2011 was the start of his professional career in the Flyers organization. He started the season with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL, but had trouble finding his offensive game as he only had 3 points in 20 games. He spent the rest of the season with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL where he found more success. He tallied 22 goals and 23 assists in 45 games with the Warriors. He also contributed at close to a point per game cvlip in the playoffs with 10 points (4 g, 6 a) in 11 games.