Future Flyers Report: Brandon Manning joins the Flyers, Leier’s Winterhawks nearly in WHL Finals, Straka and Baie-Comeau almost in QMJHL Finals

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After Kent Huskins suffered a concussion from Ryan White’s illegal hit in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 7-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, yet another unexpected defenseman made an appearance on the Flyers’ blue line. This time it was Brandon Manning.

Manning played in a few games for the Orange and Black last season, as he posted a plus-1 rating in four contests for Philly. He didn’t record a point with the Flyers last season, but the former Chilliwack Bruin played well in his first stretch at the NHL level.

A day after Huskins’ injury, Manning appeared in his first NHL game this season. In the Flyers’ 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center Manning posted his first point in the NHL with the primary assist on Brayden Schenn’s opening goal. The 22-year-old defenseman saw 11:56 TOI in the win.

After he had one shot on net in 16:25 TOI in Philly’s loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, Manning was plus-3 with four hits in the Flyers’ win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

In the OHL, Anthony Stolarz and the London Knights are tied with the Plymouth Whalers after each team won a game in the first two contests of the Western Conference Championship.

Stolarz stopped 32 of the Whalers’ 33 shots on net in Game 1 for a 2-1 Knights’ win on Friday. Yesterday, the Flyers’ prospect was less than a minute away from a victory in Game 2 when Plymouth’s Tom Wilson, selected 16th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2012 NHL Draft, put home the game-tying tally with 48 seconds left in regulation.

Rickard Rakell, who was taken by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft and played in four games this year for the Southeast club, potted the game-winner 10:16 into the second overtime to even the series at one game apiece. Stolarz had 41 saves on 45 shots against, while the Whalers’ Alex Nedeljkovic had 61 saves for the win.

In the QMJHL, Petr Straka and Baie-Comeau Drakkar are up 2-0 on the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the semifinals. After he had an assist in the team’s 2-1 win on Friday, Straka was plus-1 with a helper in the team’s 2-1 decision on Saturday.

The Halifax Mooseheads hold a 2-0 advantage over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the other semifinals in the QMJHL. Halifax boasts Jonathan Drouin, Martin Frk, and Nathan MacKinnon. Rouyn-Noranda’s roster features Mathieu Brisebois and Andrew O’Brien.

In the WHL, the Portland Winterhawks hold a 2-0 series lead over the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Conference Championship. Leier’s only point in the first two games of the series came in Game 1, when he scored the game-tying goal late in the first period. Portland went on to win 4-1 in Game 1 and 4-0 in Game 2.

The Edmonton Oil Kings and the Calgary Hitmen are tied at a game apiece in the Eastern Conference Championship of the WHL.


  1. Nick Cousins (Adirondack Phantoms and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 110 points (30 goals and 80 assists), plus-16, and 97 PIMs in 77 games.
  2. Petr Straka (Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL) – 102 points (49 goals and 53 assists), plus-44, and 40 PIMs in 65 games.
  3. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 73 points (33 goals and 40 assists), plus-49, and 67 PIMs in 76 games.
  4. Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers, Adirondack Phantoms, and Oshawa Generals) – 72 points (31 goals and 41 assists), plus-33, and 69 PIMs in 67 games.
  5. Brandon Alderson (Adirondack Phantoms and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 70 points (29 goals and 41 assists), plus-14, and 70 PIMs in 82 games.
  6. Mitch Wahl (Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Phantoms, and Utah Grizzlies) – 64 points (21 goals and 43 assists), minus-19, and 125 PIMs in 66 games.
  7. Jason Akeson (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 63 points (22 goals and 41 assists), minus-11, and 34 PIMs in 76 games.
  8. Kyle Flanagan (Adirondack Phantoms and St. Lawrence University) – 54 points (16 goals and 38 assists), plus-2, and 46 PIMs in 48 games.
  9. Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 53 points (24 goals and 29 assists), minus-7, and 20 PIMs in 74 games.
  10. Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 37 points (19 goals and 18 assists), minus-14, and 37 PIMs in 63 games.
  11. Tye McGinn (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 31 points (17 goals and 14 assists), minus-9, and 73 PIMs in 64 games.
  12. Derek Mathers (Adirondack Phantoms and Peterborough Petes) – 30 points (11 goals and 19 assists), minus-3, and 149 PIMs in 76 games.
  13. Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 26 points (12 goals and 14 assists), minus-6, and 41 PIMs in 57 games.
  14. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 17 points (Five goals and 12 assists), minus-19, and 31 PIMs in 50 games.
  15. Eric Wellwood (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 17 points (Nine goals and Eight assists), minus-4, and 10 PIMs in 62 games.
  16. Andrew Johnston (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 16 points (Five goals and 11 assists), minus-16, and 13 PIMs in 47 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 24 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.


  1. Blake Kessel (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 45 points (10 goals and 35 assists), minus-3, and 36 PIMs in 61 games.
  2. Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 29 points (Eight goals and 21 assists), minus-14, and 39 PIMs in 63 games.
  3. Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 27 points (Six goals and 21 assists), plus-3, and 60 PIMs in 75 games.
  4. Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 26 points (Eight goals and 18 assists) and 39 PIMs in 36 games.
  5. Brandon Manning (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 22 points (Six goals and 16 assists), minus-25, and 135 PIMs in 68 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. Mark Alt (Adirondack Phantoms and University of Minnesota) – Nine points (One goal and Eight assists), plus-17, and 22 PIMs in 45 games.
  10. Valeri Vasilyev (Spartak Moscow, KHL and MHC Spartak, MHL) – Eight points (Three goals and Five assists), plus-2, and 87 PIMs in 64 games.
  11. Matthew Konan (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Seven points (Two goals and Five assists), minus-13, and 56 PIMs in 50 games.
  12. Oliver Lauridsen (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – Seven points (One goal and Six assists), minus-6, and 101 PIMs in 71 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.


  1. Anthony Stolarz (London Knights and University of Nebraska-Omaha) – 13-3-2, 2.29 GAA, and .920 save percentage during the regular season and 9-1-1, 1.81 GAA, and .944 save percentage during the playoffs with the Knights. 2-5-0, 2.56 GAA, and .898 save percentage with the Mavericks.
  2. Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 12-16-3, 2.92 GAA, and .908 save percentage with the Phantoms. 3-3-0, 3.18 GAA, and .900 save percentage with the Titans.