Future Flyers Report: 12/31

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For the last three NHL Drafts, the Philadelphia Flyers have picked seven defensemen. Of those seven, three are Americans, as there has been at least one blue liner from the United States picked in each of the last three years.

One of those three American d-men is Shayne Gostisbehere, who was picked in the most recent draft. The Margate, Florida native is currently representing the U.S.A. at the World Junior Championship. Gostisbehere has one of the United States’ 10 goals so far in the tournament, as well as a plus-1 rating while he has appeared in all three of his country’s games to this point. The Flyers’ prospect and the rest of his teammates sit in third place of Group B with both Canada and Russia ahead of them, while both Slovakia and Germany trail the U.S.

In 2011, the Flyers selected Colin Suellentrop. The defender has been a member of the Oshawa Generals since 2009-2010 and has been a teammate with Scott Laughton, Philly’s first-round pick in 2012, since 2010-2011. Suellentrop is from Plantation, Florida, which is a little less than 13 miles south of Gostisbehere’s hometown of Margate. Both players have played for the Florida Junior Panthers. The 116th overall pick in 2011 has 15 points in 35 games this season and should easily pass his previous high for points in a season with Oshawa, which was 17 last season.

The third American blue liner picked by Philly in the last three NHL Drafts is Nick Luukko, who was picked in the sixth round of 2010. It should come as no surprise that Luukko is from Pennsylvania, as the defenseman is the son of Peter Luukko. He currently plays for the University of Vermont alongside Chicago Blackhawks’ 2011 draft pick Michael Paliotta and Florida Panthers’ 2010 draft pick Connor Brickley. Luukko has two goals and three assists so far in 2012-2013, two more points than he had last year for the Catamounts.


  1. Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 52 points (16 goals and 36 assists), plus-10, and 48 PIMs in 37 games.
  2. Marcel Noebels (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 30 points (11 goals and 19 assists), minus-7, and 14 PIMs in 31 games.
  3. Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 29 points (11 goals and 18 assists), plus-7, and 38 PIMs in 27 games.
  4. Andrew Rowe (Elmira Jackals, ECHL) – 29 points (15 goals and 14 assists), minus-12, and 18 PIMs in 31 games.
  5. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 27 points (15 goals and 12 assists), plus-17, and 30 PIMs in 31 games.
  6. Jason Akeson (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 23 points (Five goals and 18 assists), minus-8, and 16 PIMs in 30 games.
  7. Luke Pither (Trenton Titans and Wheeling Nailers, ECHL) – 20 points (Nine goals and 11 assists), minus-4, and 18 PIMs in 29 games.
  8. Tye McGinn (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 10 points (Eight goals and Two assists), minus-14, and 50 PIMs in 27 games.
  9. Harry Zolnierczyk (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Nine points (Eight goals and One assist), minus-5, and 34 PIMs in 30 games.
  10. Derek Mathers (Peterborough Petes, OHL) – Nine points (Three goals and Six assists), minus-5, and 64 PIMs in 37 games.
  11. Ben Holmstrom (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (Two goals and Six assists), plus-3, and 29 PIMs in 22 games.
  12. Eric Wellwood (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (Four goals and Four assists), minus-1, and six PIMs in 26 games.
  13. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Six assists, minus-8, and 17 PIMs in 15 games.
  14. Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (Three goals and Three assists) and 27 PIMS in 25 games.
  15. Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Three goals, minus-7, and 17 PIMs in 22 games.
  16. Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Three goals (Two goals and One assist), minus-1, and 11 PIMs in 24 games.
  17. Mike Testwuide (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Two goals and 20 PIMs in 13 games.
  18. Andrew Johnston (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Two goals, minus-5, and two PIMs in 15 games.
  19. Petr Placek (Harvard University, NCAA) – One goal, minus-2, and four PIMs in nine games.


  1. Blake Kessel (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 15 points (Four goals and 11 assists), minus-11, and 16 PIMs in 31 games.
  2. Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 15 points (Three goals and 12 assists), plus-4, and 35 PIMs in 37 games.
  3. Erik Gustafsson (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 14 points (Three goals and 11 assists), minus-6, and 27 PIMs in 24 games.
  4. Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 13 points (Five goals and Eight assists) and 10 PIMs in 15 games.
  5. Tyler Hostetter (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 11 assists, plus-2, and 25 PIMs in 26 games.
  6. Fredric Larsson (Brynas J20, SuperElit) – Eight points (Four goals and Four assists), plus-3, and 51 PIMs in 24 games.
  7. Brandon Manning (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (Three goals and Three assists), minus-17, and 52 PIMs in 29 games.
  8. Nick Luukko (University of Vermont, NCAA) – Five points (Two goals and Three assists) and eight PIMs in 18 games.
  9. Marc-Andre Bourdon (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (One goal and Three assists), minus-5, and 59 PIMs in 17 games.
  10. Valeri Vasilyev (MHC Spartak, MHL) – Four points (One goal and Three assists), plus-4, and 51 PIMs in 27 games.
  11. Matt Konan (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Three assists, minus-3, and 28 PIMS in 15 games.
  12. Reece Willcox (Cornell University, NCAA) – Two assists, plus-5, and two PIMs in 15 games.
  13. Oliver Lauridsen (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Two assists, plus-6, and 28 PIMs in 24 games.


  1. Jakub Kovar (HC Ceske Budejovice, Tipsport Extraliga) – 1.89 GAA and .934 save percentage in 10 games.
  2. Anthony Stolarz (University of Nebraska-Omaha, NCAA) – 2-5-0, 2.56 GAA, and .898 save percentage in eight games.
  3. Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 4-9-0, 3.18 GAA, and .897 save percentage.
  4. Niko Hovinen (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 4-5-2, 3.32 GAA, and .887 save percentage in 13 games.