Future Flyers Report: Alt signs entry-level deal, Cousins and Alderson debut with Phantoms, Oshawa on the brink of elimination, Zolnierczyk traded

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Mark Alt joined the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization just before the beginning of this shortened NHL season began back in the middle of January. In a deal that also brought Brian Boucher back to Philly, the Orange and Black also acquired Alt from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Luke Pither.Alt spent this season with the University of Minnesota, a squad that was upset by the Yale Bulldogs in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Over his three years with the Golden Gophers, Alt totaled seven goals, 32 assists, and 85 PIMs with a plus-39 rating in 117 games.

The 6’3″ 203-pound 21-year-old was picked 53 overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Draft. Despite being drafted by Carolina, Alt never played a game for the Hurricanes’ organization at any level.

The blue liner has yet to play a game for the Adirondack Phantoms since signing with Philadelphia.

As for Nick Cousins and Brandon Alderson, the pair of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds made their AHL debuts this week.

After the Greyhounds were eliminated by the Owen Sound Attack in the opening round of the OHL playoffs, Cousins and Alderson suited up for the Phantoms. Cousins didn’t record a point or a PIM and finished with an even plus/minus rating in one game so far with Adirondack. Alderson was minus-1 in his first three games in the AHL.

Scott Laughton and Colin Suellentrop could be joining Cousins and Alderson soon, as their Oshawa Generals are down 0-3 to the Barrie Colts in the second round of the OHL postseason. After the Gens knocked out the Niagara IceDogs 4-1 to move on to the second round, Oshawa now finds itself in the biggest hole of all sports.

Philly’s prospects are doing their part to keep Oshawa alive. Laughton leads the team in points during the postseason with seven goals and six assists in seven games, while Suellentrop has an assist in eight games.

One Flyers’ prospect that has essentially moved his team throughout the OHL postseason single-handedly is goaltender Anthony Stolarz. After they swept the Saginaw Spirit in the first round, the top-seeded London Knights find themselves up 2-0 over the Kitchener Rangers in the second round.

In London’s six games this postseason, Stolarz is 6-0-0 with one shutout and only eight goals against. Philly’s goaltender is posting better numbers than Malcolm Subban, who is 6-2-0 with 13 goals against in eight games.

Another prospect that is enjoying their team’s postseason success is Taylor Leier. His Portland Winterhawks eliminated the Everett Silvertips in six games during the opening round of the WHL playoffs and are currently up 2-0 over the Spokane Chiefs in the second round. In their eight games during the 2013 postseason, Leier has three goals and four assists with a plus-3 rating.

In addition to entry-level contract news and CHL playoff updates, the NHL trade deadline also impacted Philly’s prospects, as a forward who has seen time with the Flyers over the last two seasons was shipped to a Western Conference club.

In exchange for Jay Rosehill, the Orange and Black shipped Harry Zolnierczyk to the Anaheim Ducks. Signed out of Brown University, Zolnierczyk had 20 goals, 23 assists, 128 PIMs, and a minus-27 rating in 107 games with the Phantoms. He also had three goals, four assists, 71 PIMs, and a minus-11 rating in 44 games with the Flyers.

FORWARDS

  1. Nick Cousins (Adirondack Phantoms and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 109 points (30 goals and 79 assists), plus-17, and 95 PIMs in 70 games.
  2. Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers and Oshawa Generals) – 69 points (30 goals and 39 assists), plus-31, and 69 PIMs in 61 games.
  3. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 69 points (30 goals and 39 assists), plus-44, and 65 PIMs in 72 games.
  4. Brandon Alderson (Adirondack Phantoms and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 68 points (29 goals and 39 assists), plus-13, and 68 PIMs in 73 games.
  5. Mitch Wahl (Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Phantoms, and Utah Grizzlies) – 64 points (21 goals and 43 assists), minus-19, and 125 PIMs in 66 games.
  6. Jason Akeson (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 58 points (18 goals and 40 assists), minus-13, and 30 PIMs in 70 games.
  7. Kyle Flanagan (Adirondack Phantoms and St. Lawrence University) – 52 points (16 goals and 36 assists), plus-4, and 44 PIMs in 42 games.
  8. Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 50 points (23 goals and 27 assists), minus-8, and 16 PIMs in 68 games.
  9. Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 37 points (19 goals and 18 assists), minus-13, and 35 PIMs in 60 games.
  10. Tye McGinn (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 31 points (17 goals and 14 assists), minus-9, and 73 PIMs in 58 games.
  11. Derek Mathers (Adirondack Phantoms and Peterborough Petes) – 30 points (11 goals and 19 assists), minus-2, and 137 PIMs in 71 games.
  12. Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 24 points (11 goals and 13 assists), minus-3, and 37 PIMs in 51 games.
  13. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 17 points (Five goals and 12 assists), minus-19, and 31 PIMs in 50 games.
  14. Eric Wellwood (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 17 points (Nine goals and Eight assists), minus-4, and 10 PIMs in 62 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. 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) – Eight points (Seven goals and One assist), minus-3, and 31 PIMs in 24 games.
  18. Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (Three goals and Three assists), minus-10, and 30 PIMs in 55 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) – 43 points (Eight goals and 35 assists), minus-5, and 36 PIMs in 59 games.
  2. Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 27 points (Six goals and 21 assists), minus-18, and 39 PIMs in 56 games.
  3. Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 26 points (Eight goals and 18 assists) and 39 PIMs in 36 games.
  4. Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 26 points (Five goals and 21 assists), plus-2, and 60 PIMs in 74 games.
  5. Brandon Manning (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 20 points (Six goals and 14 assists), minus-29, and 127 PIMs in 62 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-4, and 73 PIMs in 59 games.
  10. Mark Alt (University of Minnesota, NCAA) – Seven assists, plus-18, and 20 PIMs in 39 games.
  11. Oliver Lauridsen (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – Seven points (One goal and Six assists), minus-3, and 83 PIMs in 64 games.
  12. Matthew Konan (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Six points (One goal and Five assists), minus-10, and 56 PIMs in 44 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 the regular season and 6-0-0, 1.24 GAA, and .959 save percentage in the postseason with the Knights. 2-5-0, 2.56 GAA, and .898 save percentage with the Mavericks.
  2. Cal Heeter (Philadelphia Flyers, Adirondack Phantoms, and Trenton Titans) – 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, and .000 save percentage in one game with the Flyers. 10-15-3, 2.98 GAA, and .907 save percentage with the Phantoms. 3-3-0, 3.18 GAA, and .900 save percentage with the Titans.