Future Flyers Report: 1/14

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The Philadelphia Flyers have made some noise lately with a few transactions. In addition to signing blue liner Kurtis Foster, the Orange and Black completed a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes where they received former Flyer Brian Boucher. In addition to Boosh, Philly was dealt defensive prospect Mark Alt. The pair was exchanged for forward prospect Luke Pither. Since most Flyers’ fans are aware of what Boucher brings to the table, many are curious as to what Alt can do.

Picked 53rd overall in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, Alt stands at 6’3″, 203 pounds. The St. Paul, Minnesota native is in his third year at the University of Minnesota. Alt produced two goals and eight assists along with 22 PIMs and a plus-3 rating in 35 games with the Golden Gophers during 2010-2011. Last season, the defenseman had five goals and 17 assists in 43 games for Minnesota. So far into the 2012-2013 campaign, Alt has two helpers and 16 PIMs in 19 tilts.

Athleticism runs in the Alt family, as his dad, John Alt, was an offensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL for several seasons. Luckily for the Flyers, Alt turned down a scholarship from Iowa to play quarterback for their football team. In addition to these positives, here’s what Hockey’s Future has to say about Philly’s new acquisition: “Like his father, Alt is a tall man but despite his height is a fluid skater who has good speed and agility…Long-term, the (Flyers) are hoping he can blossom into a top four defender. But at this point he is a long-range project.” On a grading scale where A is excellent and F is failing, the website handed Alt a C.


  1. Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 67 points (17 goals and 50 assists), plus-17, and 48 PIMs in 44 games.
  2. Andrew Rowe (Elmira Jackals and Norfolk Admirals) – 37 points (16 goals and 21 assists), minus-9, and 24 PIMs in 37 games.
  3. Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 33 points (13 goals and 20 assists), plus-3, and 42 PIMs in 32 games.
  4. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 33 points (18 goals and 15 assists), plus-23, and 38 PIMs in 37 games.
  5. Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 32 points (12 goals and 20 assists), minus-5, and 14 PIMs in 35 games.
  6. Jason Akeson – (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 23 points (Five goals and 18 assists), minus-7, and 16 PIMs in 35 games.
  7. Tye McGinn – (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 13 points (Nine goals and Four assists), minus-13, and 52 PIMs in 30 games.
  8. Derek Mathers (Peterborough Petes, OHL) – 13 points (Four goals and Nine assists), minus-6, and 85 PIMs in 43 games.
  9. Eric Wellwood (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Nine points (Four goals and Five assists), minus-2, and six PIMs in 29 games.
  10. Harry Zolnierczyk (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Nine points (Eight goals and One assist), minus-7, and 36 PIMs in 35 games.
  11. Ben Holmstrom (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (Two goals and Six assists), plus-3, and 29 PIMs in 22 games.
  12. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Seven assists, minus-11, and 23 PIMs in 20 games.
  13. Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Seven points (Five goals and Two assists), minus-11, and 23 PIMs in 28 games.
  14. Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (Three goals and Three assists), minus-1, and 27 PIMs in 27 games.
  15. Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Three points (Two goals and One assist), minus-2, and 13 PIMs in 29 games.
  16. Michael Parks (University of North Dakota, NCAA) – Two goals, minus-1, and 19 PIMs in five games.
  17. Petr Placek (Harvard University, NCAA) – Two goals, minus-5, and six PIMs in 13 games.
  18. Mike Testwuide (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Two goals and 27 PIMs in 16 games.
  19. Andrew Johnston (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Two goals, minus-7, and six PIMs in 20 games.


  1. Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 17 points (Three goals and 14 assists), minus-2, and 41 PIMs in 43 games.
  2. Blake Kessel (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 15 points (Four goals and 11 assists), minus-11, and 16 PIMs in 33 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 12 PIMs in 17 games.
  5. Tyler Hostetter (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 11 assists and 27 PIMs in 29 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) – Eight points (Five goals and Three assists), minus-12, and 58 PIMs in 34 games.
  8. Nick Luukko (University of Vermont, NCAA) – Seven points (Three goals and Four assists) and 12 PIMs in 21 games.
  9. Valeri Vasilyev (MHC Spartak, MHL) – Five points (Two goals and Three assists), plus-4, and 53 PIMs in 29 games.
  10. Marc-Andre Bourdon (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (One goal and Three assists), minus-5, and 59 PIMs in 17 games.
  11. Matt Konan (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Three assists, minus-3, and 32 PIMs in 16 games.
  12. Mark Alt (University of Minnesota, NCAA) – Three assists, plus-11, and 16 PIMs in 21 games.
  13. Oliver Lauridsen (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Three assists, plus-4, and 35 PIMs in 29 games.
  14. Reece Willcox (Cornell University, NCAA) – Two assists and two PIMs in 15 games.


  1. Jakub Kovar (HC Ceske Budejovice, Tipsport Extraliga) – 2.32 GAA and .921 save percentage in 14 games.
  2. Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 6-10-1, 2.81 GAA, and .911 save percentage.
  3. Niko Hovinen (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 4-6-3, 3.14 GAA, and .889 save percentage in 16 games.
  4. Anthony Stolarz (University of Nebraska-Omaha and London Knights) – 3.24 GAA and .893 save percentage in 10 games.