Future Flyers Report: Kyle Flanagan earns tryout, Shane Harper has big weekend, prospects in NCAA tournament, updates on OHL/WHL playoffs

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Earlier this week the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization signed Kyle Flanagan, a forward that recently completed his senior year at St. Lawrence University, to a one-year entry-level contract. The 24-year-old, who finished second on St. Lawrence’s squad with 47 points in 35 games and was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, will join the Adirondack Phantoms on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the 2012-2013 regular season. In his first two games with Adirondack Flanagan had two helpers.

In the ECHL, forward Shane Harper had a weekend to remember, as he helped the Trenton Titans go 3-0-0 while outscoring their opponents 20-6. Of the 20 goals Trenton scored this weekend, Harper had an impact on 12 of them, as he potted seven goals and provided five assists. After he recorded a hat trick on Friday night against the Wheeling Nailers, Harper had another hat trick on Saturday against the same team while adding on two assists in the process. Yesterday, Harper had a goal and a helper in the Titans’ 8-2 victory over the Elmira Jackals.

In the NCAA, the field for the Frozen Four is set and three schools that feature Flyers’ prospects made the group of 16 teams. The trio of Mark Alt, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Michael Parks will try to help their teams in the postseason, as the University of Minnesota, Union College, and University of North Dakota made the cut.

Alt and the Minnesota Gophers take on the Yale Bulldogs on March 29th at 2:00pm. Parks and the Fighting Sioux take on the Niagara Purple Eagles at 5:30pm of the same day. Ironically, if both the Gophers and Fighting Sioux win they will play each other in the next round on March 30th.

As for Gostisbehere and the Dutchmen, Union College will play the Boston College Eagles on March 30th at 9:00pm.

In the OHL, both the Oshawa Generals and London Knights hold 2-0 series leads over their opponents, while the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds trail 2-0 in their match up.

For the Gens, Scott Laughton had three goals and three assists in two games, while Colin Suellentrop had a helper and was plus-2 in their two wins over the Niagara IceDogs.

Anthony Stolarz helped the Knights win both of their games over the Saginaw Spirit by only allowing three goals against. He made 65 saves to post a 1.39 GAA and .956 save percentage through two games in the playoffs.

Down 2-0 in their series to the Owen Sound Attack, the Greyhounds will look to the tandem of Nick Cousins and Brandon Alderson to tally more points if they want to turn things around. Cousins has one goal and four PIMs, while Alderson has an assist in the 2013 OHL postseason to date.

In the WHL, Taylor Leier and the Portland Winterhawks are tied 1-1 in their series with the Everett Silvertips. In the Winterhawks’ first two games, Leier had one assist.

FORWARDS

  1. Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 104 points (28 goals and 76 assists), plus-19, and 87 PIMs in 66 games.
  2. Brandon Alderson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 65 points (28 goals and 37 assists), plus-14, and 66 PIMs in 69 games.
  3. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 63 points (27 goals and 36 assists), plus-41, and 63 PIMs in 64 games.
  4. Mitch Wahl (Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Phantoms, and Utah Grizzlies) – 63 points (21 goals and 42 assists), minus-18, and 125 PIMs in 64 games.
  5. Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers and Oshawa Generals) - 62 points (26 goals and 36 assists), plus-27, and 58 PIMs in 56 games.
  6. Jason Akeson (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 54 points (16 goals and 38 assists), minus-13, and 30 PIMs in 65 games.
  7. Kyle Flanagan (Adirondack Phantoms and St. Lawrence University) – 49 points (15 goals and 34 assists), plus-2, and 42 PIMs in 37 games.
  8. Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 47 points (21 goals and 26 assists), minus-9, and 16 PIMs in 63 games.
  9. Tye McGinn (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 31 points (17 goals and 14 assists), minus-6, and 73 PIMs in 56 games.
  10. Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 30 points (15 goals and 15 assists), minus-10 and 35 PIMs in 54 games.
  11. Derek Mathers (Adirondack Phantoms and Peterborough Petes) – 29 points (10 goals and 19 assists), minus-1, and 125 PIMs in 65 games.
  12. Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 20 points (Nine goals and 11 assists) and 35 PIMs in 46 games.
  13. Harry Zolnierczyk (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 18 points (Nine goals and Nine assists), minus-13, and 90 PIMs in 59 games.
  14. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 17 points (Five goals and 12 assists), minus-17, and 31 PIMs in 47 games.
  15. Andrew Johnston (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 16 points (Five goals and 11 assists), minus-16, and 13 PIMs in 47 games.
  16. Eric Wellwood (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 14 points (Eight goals and Six assists), minus-4, and 10 PIMs in 57 games.
  17. Ben Holmstrom (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (Two goals and Six assists), plus-3, and 29 PIMs in 22 games.
  18. Michael Parks (University of North Dakota, NCAA) – Eight points (Seven goals and One assist), minus-3, and 31 PIMs in 23 games.
  19. Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (Three goals and Three assists), minus-10, and 30 PIMs in 55 games.
  20. Petr Placek (Harvard University, NCAA) – Two goals, minus-10, and 16 PIMs in 29 games.

DEFENSEMEN

  1. Blake Kessel (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 36 points (Eight goals and 28 assists), minus-7, and 34 PIMs in 54 games.
  2. Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 26 points (Five goals and 21 assists), plus-5, and 60 PIMs in 68 games.
  3. Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 25 points (Seven goals and 18 assists) and 24 PIMs in 34 games.
  4. Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 24 points (Five goals and 19 assists), minus-19, and 39 PIMs in 50 games.
  5. Brandon Manning (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 19 points (Six goals and 13 assists), minus-27, and 118 PIMs in 59 games.
  6. Tyler Hostetter (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 16 assists, minus-11, and 37 PIMs in 38 games.
  7. Nick Luukko (University of Vermont, NCAA) – 10 points (Three goals and Seven assists) and 26 PIMs in 36 games.
  8. Fredric Larsson (Brynas J20, SuperElit) – 10 points (Four goals and Six assists), plus-1, and 134 PIMs in 41 games.
  9. Valeri Vasilyev (Spartak Moscow, KHL and MHC Spartak, MHL) – Eight points (Three goals and Five assists), plus-5, and 67 PIMs in 55 games.
  10. Mark Alt (University of Minnesota, NCAA) – Seven assists, plus-19, and 20 PIMs in 38 games.
  11. Matthew Konan (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Six points (One goal and Five assists), minus-10, and 50 PIMs in 39 games.
  12. Oliver Lauridsen (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (One goal and Five assists), minus-2, and 77 PIMs in 59 games.
  13. Reece Willcox (Cornell University, NCAA) – Five assists, plus-3, and eight PIMs in 34 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) – 13-3-2, 2.29 GAA, and .920 save percentage in regular season and 2-0-0, 1.39 GAA, and .956 save percentage in postseason with London. 2-5-0, 2.56 GAA, and .898 save percentage with Mavericks.
  2. Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 10-13-2, 2.89 GAA, and .909 save percentage with the Phantoms. 3-3-0, 3.18 GAA, and .900 save percentage with the Titans.