Oliver Lauridsen experienced a sample size of professional hockey with the Adirondack Phantoms in the 2010-2011 season before spending the entire 2011-2012 campaign with the club. Due to several of the Philadelphia Flyers’ defensemen being out of action because of injuries, Lauridsen got his first taste of the NHL this weekend.
At 6″6′, 229 pounds, Lauridsen is a gigantic blue liner that uses his size to his advantage by being a physical, stay-at-home defender. From 2008-2009 to 2010-2011, the defenseman spent most of his time with St. Cloud State University where he had seven goals and 15 assists along with 143 PIMs and a plus-5 rating over 108 contests for the Huskies.
After he posted 30 PIMs and a plus-1 rating in two games for the Phantoms in 2010-2011, Lauridsen had three goals and four assists with 85 PIMs in 65 games last season with Adirondack. He posted a goal and five helpers in 59 games this year for the Phantoms, as well as 77 PIMs and a minus-2 rating.
Being the first seventh-round pick by the Flyers to actually play for Philadelphia in the NHL since David Printz, Lauridsen had three hits, three blocked shots, two PIMs, and a shot on net in 17:12 TOI on Saturday in the Flyers’ win over the Boston Bruins. Last night, Lauridsen was plus-1 with four PIMs and two hits in 11:16 TOI in the win over the Washington Capitals.
In the NCAA, a pair of Flyers’ prospects saw their teams lose to the Yale Bulldogs to miss out on a chance to reach the Frozen Four. After they beat Mark Alt and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-2 in overtime in their first game of the tournament, Yale proceeded to hand Michael Parks and his University of North Dakota teammates a 4-1 defeat to move on to the Frozen Four.
Shayne Gostisbehere and Union College were also eliminated from the NCAA tournament this week, as Quinnipiac University eliminated Union College with a 5-1 defeat.
In addition to Alt and Parks, both Nick Cousins and Brandon Alderson saw their time in the postseason conclude, as the Owen Sound Attack knocked out the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the first round of the OHL playoffs. In the six-game series, Cousins had three goals and three assists with a minus-2 rating, while Alderson had a goal and three helpers with a plus-1 rating. The Attack move on to face the Plymouth Whalers, who are the second seed in the Western Conference.
For Anthony Stolarz and his squad, the London Knights swept the Saginaw Spirit in the opening round of the OHL playoffs. Stolarz allowed only seven goals over his four wins in the series, as he posted a 1.57 GAA and a .946 save percentage. The Knights take on the Kitchener Rangers, who are the fourth seed in the Western Conference, in the next round.
As for Scott Laughton and Colin Suellentrop, the Oshawa Generals knocked the Niagara IceDogs out of the playoffs in five games. Laughton had six goals and six assists along with a plus-7 rating in the five-game series, while Suellentrop had an assist and was plus-1. The Gens will either play the Barrie Colts or the Sudbury Wolves in the next round of the postseason.
In the WHL, Taylor Leier and his Portland Winterhawks hold a 3-2 series advantage over the Everett Silvertips. The fourth-round pick of the Flyers in the 2012 NHL Draft has a goal and two assists with a minus-1 rating in the series so far, as the top seed in the Western Conference only needs one more win to advance.
- Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 109 points (30 goals and 79 assists), plus-17, and 95 PIMs in 70 games.
- Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers and Oshawa Generals) – 68 points (29 goals and 39 assists), plus-30, and 62 PIMs in 59 games.
- Brandon Alderson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 68 points (29 goals and 39 assists), plus-14, and 68 PIMs in 73 games.
- Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 65 points (28 goals and 37 assists), plus-40, and 63 PIMs in 69 games.
- Mitch Wahl (Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Phantoms, and Utah Grizzlies) – 64 points (21 goals and 43 assists), minus-19, and 125 PIMs in 66 games.
- Jason Akeson (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 55 points (17 goals and 38 assists), minus-13, and 30 PIMs in 67 games.
- Kyle Flanagan (Adirondack Phantoms and St. Lawrence University) – 51 points (16 goals and 35 assists), plus-3, and 44 PIMs in 39 games.
- Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 48 points (22 goals and 26 assists), minus-8, and 16 PIMs in 65 games.
- Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 35 points (18 goals and 17 assists), minus-11, and 35 PIMs in 57 games.
- Tye McGinn (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 31 points (17 goals and 14 assists), minus-8, and 73 PIMs in 57 games.
- Derek Mathers (Adirondack Phantoms and Peterborough Petes) – 30 points (11 goals and 19 assists) and 125 PIMs in 68 games.
- Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 22 points (Nine goals and 13 assists) and 35 PIMs in 48 games.
- Harry Zolnierczyk (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 18 points (Nine goals and Nine assists), minus-13, and 90 PIMs in 59 games.
- Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 17 points (Five goals and 12 assists), minus-19, and 31 PIMs in 49 games.
- Andrew Johnston (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 16 points (Five goals and 11 assists), minus-16, and 13 PIMs in 47 games.
- Eric Wellwood (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 15 points (Nine goals and Six assists), minus-4, and 10 PIMs in 59 games.
- Ben Holmstrom (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (Two goals and Six assists), plus-3, and 29 PIMs in 22 games.
- Michael Parks (University of North Dakota, NCAA) – Eight points (Seven goals and One assist), minus-3, and 31 PIMs in 24 games.
- Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (Three goals and Three assists), minus-10, and 30 PIMs in 55 games.
- Petr Placek (Harvard University, NCAA) – Two goals, minus-10, and 16 PIMs in 29 games.
- Blake Kessel (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 41 points (Eight goals and 33 assists), minus-7, and 34 PIMs in 57 games.
- Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 26 points (Eight goals and 18 assists) and 39 PIMs in 36 games.
- Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 26 points (Five goals and 21 assists), plus-4, and 60 PIMs in 71 games.
- Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 24 points (Five goals and 19 assists), minus-22, and 39 PIMs in 52 games.
- Brandon Manning (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 20 points (Six goals and 14 assists), minus-29, and 127 PIMs in 61 games.
- Tyler Hostetter (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 16 assists, minus-11, and 37 PIMs in 38 games.
- Nick Luukko (University of Vermont, NCAA) – 10 points (Three goals and Seven assists) and 26 PIMs in 36 games.
- Fredric Larsson (Brynas J20, SuperElit) – 10 points (Four goals and Six assists), plus-1, and 134 PIMs in 41 games.
- Valeri Vasilyev (Spartak Moscow, KHL and MHC Spartak, MHL) – Eight points (Three goals and Five assists), plus-4, and 71 PIMs in 57 games.
- Mark Alt (University of Minnesota) – Seven assists, plus-18, and 20 PIMs in 39 games.
- Matthew Konan (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Six points (One goal and Five assists), minus-9, and 54 PIMs in 41 games.
- Oliver Lauridsen (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – Six points (One goal and Five assists), minus-1, and 83 PIMs in 61 games.
- Reece Willcox (Cornell University, NCAA) – Five assists, plus-3, and eight PIMs in 34 games.
- Marc-Andre Bourdon (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (One goal and Three assists), minus-5, and 59 PIMs in 17 games.
- Anthony Stolarz (London Knights and University of Nebraska-Omaha) – 13-3-2, 2.29 GAA, and .920 save percentage in the regular season and 4-0-0, 1.57 GAA, and .946 save percentage in the playoffs for the Knights. 2-5-0, 2.56 GAA, and .898 save percentage with the Mavericks.
- Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 10-14-2, 2.97 GAA, and .907 save percentage with the Phantoms. 3-3-0, 3.18 GAA, and .900 save percentage with the Titans.