Future Flyers Watch: The OHL playoff picture

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With all 20 of the teams in the OHL having played 64 or more of their 68 regular season games, the playoff picture is practically set. Of all the Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects currently in the OHL, each player is either already on a team that has clinched a spot for the postseason or they are on a team that is fighting for the final spot available.

In the Eastern Conference, Scott Laughton and Colin Suellentrop have helped the Oshawa Generals clinch a playoff spot. The Gens sit third in the conference and sit four points behind the Belleville Bulls, who have 88 points in 64 games, which is one less game than Oshawa has played so far this season. Laughton has the second-highest point total for a forward on the team with 55 points in 48 contests, while Suellentrop has the third-highest point total for a blue liner on the squad with 24.

Also in the Eastern Conference are the Peterborough Petes, who are currently on the outside looking in. Derek Mathers and his teammates are battling with the Kingston Frontenacs and the Mississauga Steelheads for the final two spots in the conference. The Frontenacs and Steelheads both have 57 points, as Kingston has played 64 games and Mississauga has played 65 games. Peterborough is sitting in ninth with 55 points in 65 games. Mathers is fifth in the OHL with 125 PIMs.

As for the Western Conference, Anthony Stolarz and the London Knights have already clinched the Midwest Division with a league-leading 99 points in 65 games. Stolarz has joined Jake Patterson and Kevin Bailie to form an incredible trio in net for London, as Stolarz leads the group with a 2.38 GAA.

Also in the Western Conference are the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who sit in sixth with 76 points in 65 games. Two of the Greyhounds’ top three scorers are Nick Cousins, who is tied with the second-most points in the league with 101, and Brandon Alderson, who has 63 points in 64 contests.

If the standings don’t shift at all, the Generals will take on the Niagara IceDogs in the opening round of the postseason and the Petes would miss the playoffs. In the Western Conference, the Knights would face the Saginaw Spirit and the Greyhounds would face the Owen Sound Attack.

FORWARDS

  1. Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 101 points (26 goals and 75 assists), plus-22, and 81 PIMs in 61 games.
  2. Brandon Alderson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 63 points (28 goals and 35 assists), plus-18, and 62 PIMs in 64 games.
  3. Mitch Wahl (Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Phantoms, and Utah Grizzlies) – 61 points (20 goals and 41 assists), minus-18, and 119 PIMs in 57 games.
  4. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) - 61 points (27 goals and 34 assists), plus-42, and 57 PIMs in 61 games.
  5. Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers and Oshawa Generals) – 55 points (22 goals and 33 assists), plus-23, and 72 PIMs in 53 games.
  6. Jason Akeson (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 45 points (14 goals and 31 assists), minus-13, and 30 PIMs in 58 games.
  7. Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 43 points (18 goals and 25 assists), minus-10, and 16 PIMs in 56 games.
  8. Derek Mathers (Peterborough Petes, OHL) – 28 points (10 goals and 18 assists), plus-1, and 125 PIMs in 63 games.
  9. Tye McGinn (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 20 points (14 goals and Six assists), minus-8, and 71 PIMs in 49 games.
  10. Harry Zolnierczyk (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 18 points (Nine goals and Nine assists), minus-11, and 90 PIMs in 54 games.
  11. Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 16 points (Seven goals and Nine assists), minus-15, and 33 PIMs in 48 games.
  12. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 15 points (Three goals and 12 assists), minus-16, and 29 PIMs in 42 games.
  13. Andrew Johnston (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 14 points (Four goals and 10 assists), minus-15, and 13 PIMs in 44 games.
  14. Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 13 points (Five goals and Eight assists), minus-2, and 33 PIMs in 39 games.
  15. Eric Wellwood (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 13 points (Seven goals and Six assists) and eight PIMs in 50 games.
  16. Ben Holmstrom (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (Two goals and Six assists), plus-3, and 29 PIMs in 22 games.
  17. Michael Parks (University of North Dakota, NCAA) – Seven points (Six goals and One assist) and 27 PIMs in 19 games.
  18. Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Five points (Two goals and Three assists), minus-11, and 28 PIMs in 48 games.
  19. Petr Placek (Harvard University, NCAA) – Two goals, minus-10, and 16 PIMs in 29 games.

DEFENSEMEN

  1. Blake Kessel (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 29 points (Eight goals and 21 assists), minus-11, and 34 PIMs in 48 games.
  2. Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 24 points (Five goals and 19 assists), plus-3, and 54 PIMs in 63 games.
  3. Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 23 points (Six goals and 17 assists) and 22 PIMs in 30 games.
  4. Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 20 points (Four goals and 16 assists), minus-17, and 39 PIMs in 43 games.
  5. Tyler Hostetter (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 16 assists, minus-11, and 37 PIMs in 38 games.
  6. Brandon Manning (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 15 points (Six goals and Nine assists), minus-25, and 116 PIMs in 56 games.
  7. Nick Luukko (University of Vermont, NCAA) – 10 points (Three goals and Seven assists) and 24 PIMs in 34 games.
  8. Fredric Larsson (Brynas J20, SuperElit) – Eight points (Four goals and Four assists), plus-3, and 51 PIMs in 24 games.
  9. Valeri Vasilyev (Spartak Moscow, KHL and MHC Spartak, MHL) – Eight points (Three goals and Five assists), minus-1, and 63 PIMs in 49 games.
  10. Mark Alt (University of Minnesota, NCAA) – Seven assists, plus-17, and 20 PIMs in 35 games.
  11. Oliver Lauridsen (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (One goal and Five assists), minus-1, and 63 PIMs in 52 games.
  12. Matthew Konan (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Five points (One goal and Four assists), minus-11, and 42 PIMs in 32 games.
  13. Reece Willcox (Cornell University, NCAA) – Five assists, plus-6, and six PIMs in 31 games.
  14. Marc-Andre Bourdon (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (One goal and Three assists), minus-5, and 59 PIMs in 17 games.

GOALTENDERS

  1. Anthony Stolarz (London Knights and University of Nebraska-Omaha) – 11-3-2, 2.38 GAA, and .918 save percentage with London. 2-5-0, 2.56 GAA, and .898 save percentage with the Mavericks.
  2. Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 8-13-2, 2.96 GAA, and .906 save percentage with the Phantoms. 2-2-0, 3.14 GAA, and .899 save percentage with the Titans.