Another pair of Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects made their NHL debut this week, as both Matthew Konan and Jason Akeson appeared in contests for the Orange and Black.
Konan made his debut in the Flyers’ 2-1 win on Thursday against the New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center. He had two hits and a blocked shot in 13:09 of ice time.
In Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, both Konan and Akeson suited up for the Flyers. Konan had four shots on net, three hits, and one blocked shot in 18:42 TOI during his first NHL appearance.
As for Akeson, the forward scored just 3:46 into his first NHL game. After Claude Giroux dove to keep a play alive in front of Ottawa’s net, Akeson jumped on a rebound in the circle and ripped one by Craig Anderson’s glove for his first goal in the NHL. He was also plus-2 with two takeaways in 12:23 of action.
Despite the fact Philly ended their campaign on a four-game winning streak, the Flyers didn’t advance to the postseason. Although it’s unfortunate for the organization, it does mean that several Flyers will represent their home countries in the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
Team Canada has four Flyers on their roster, as the group of Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, and Luke Schenn will represent the nation during the tournament. Although Canada doesn’t have any Flyers’ prospects representing them in the tournament, three different countries are lucky enough to boast Philadelphia’s youngsters.
One of those countries is the U.S.A. Cal Heeter will be an option in net for America, as the Adirondack Phantom and Trenton Titan will join the United States’ squad for the tournament that starts on May 3rd. He posted a combined record of 15-19-3 with both of the Flyers’ minor league affiliates this year.
Another nation that will see a Flyers’ prospect join their squad was Germany, who will benefit from the addition of Marcel Noebels. Picked in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Noebels had 53 points in 74 games this year, as he split time between the Phantoms and the Titans.
Oliver Lauridsen will help Denmark in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. After a goal and an assist in 13 games with the Flyers this year, Lauridsen will join Denmark for their first World Championship since he was a member of the WJC-U20 club in 2009.
As for ECHL news, the Trenton Titans have ceased operations for next season. According to Mike Ashmore of The Trentonian, the Titans underwent difficult financial issues this season and there is a chance the club could return for the 2014-15 campaign. Thanks to a 7-3-0 finish, the Titans ended the campaign 11th in the 14-team Eastern Conference.
In Canadian juniors, three Flyers’ prospects still have their Memorial Cup dreams intact. The trio of Anthony Stolarz, Taylor Leier, and Petr Straka could all advance Memorial Cup tournament, as they are all on clubs that are near the tops of their leagues.
Stolarz and the London Knights beat the Plymouth Whalers in five games to win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as the Western Conference champions. Despite the fact he posted three straight performances where he allowed four goals against, Stolarz recorded three wins to put the Knights into the Ontario Hockey League Championship Series. London will either face the Belleville Bulls or Barrie Colts, as the pair of teams take part in Game 7 of their Bobby Orr Trophy on Monday to represent the Eastern Conference.
In the Western Hockey League, Leier and the Portland Winterhawks find themselves in the same situation as the Knights. The Winterhawks beat the Kamloops Blazers in five games to win the Kal Tire Championship and are currently waiting to see who comes out of the Eastern Conference, as the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Calgary Hitmen face off in Game 7 of their series on Tuesday night. Leier may have had only one point this week, but it was the game-winning goal in Portland’s 4-1 win in Game 5 to put them into the WHL Finals.
As for the Q, Straka and Baie-Comeau Drakkar advanced to the QMJHL President Cup after their 4-0 win over Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in Game 6 of their semifinals meeting. Straka had one goal in the four games that took place this week for Drakkar, as the clubs took part in a massive brawl in Game 4 of the series. The incident resulted in 12 suspensions of players and suspensions for both coaches.
Baie-Comeau Drakkar will meet the Halifax Mooseheads, who boast Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, Martin Frk, and Stefan Fournier.
- Nick Cousins (Adirondack Phantoms and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 110 points (30 goals and 80 assists), plus-16, and 97 PIMs in 77 games.
- Petr Straka (Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL) – 103 points (50 goals and 53 assists), plus-45, and 42 PIMs in 68 games.
- Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 74 points (34 goals and 40 assists), plus-50, and 71 PIMs in 79 games.
- Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers, Adirondack Phantoms, and Oshawa Generals) – 72 points (31 goals and 41 assists), plus-33, and 69 PIMs in 67 games.
- Brandon Alderson (Adirondack Phantoms and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 70 points (29 goals and 41 assists), plus-14, and 70 PIMs in 82 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 (Philadelphia Flyers, Adirondack Phantoms, and Trenton Titans) – 64 points (23 goals and 41 assists), minus-9, and 34 PIMs in 77 games.
- Kyle Flanagan (Adirondack Phantoms and St. Lawrence University) – 54 points (16 goals and 38 assists), plus-2, and 46 PIMs in 48 games.
- Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 53 points (24 goals and 29 assists), minus-7, and 20 PIMs in 74 games.
- Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 37 points (19 goals and 18 assists), minus-14, and 37 PIMs in 63 games.
- Tye McGinn (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 31 points (17 goals and 14 assists), minus-9, and 73 PIMs in 64 games.
- Derek Mathers (Adirondack Phantoms and Peterborough Petes) – 30 points (11 goals and 19 assists), minus-3, and 149 PIMs in 76 games.
- Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 26 points (12 goals and 14 assists), minus-6, and 41 PIMs in 57 games.
- Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 17 points (Five goals and 12 assists), minus-19, and 31 PIMs in 50 games.
- Eric Wellwood (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 17 points (Nine goals and Eight assists), minus-4, and 10 PIMs in 62 games.
- Andrew Johnston (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 16 points (Five goals and 11 assists), minus-16, and 13 PIMs in 47 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-4, and 31 PIMs in 25 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) – 45 points (10 goals and 35 assists), minus-3, and 36 PIMs in 61 games.
- Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 30 points (Eight goals and 22 assists), minus-15, and 39 PIMs in 66 games.
- Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 27 points (Six goals and 21 assists), plus-3, and 60 PIMs in 75 games.
- Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 26 points (Eight goals and 18 assists), plus-19, and 39 PIMs in 36 games.
- Brandon Manning (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 23 points (Six goals and 17 assists), minus-24, and 135 PIMs in 71 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), minus-1, 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) – 10 points (Four goals and Six assists), plus-3, and 91 PIMs in 67 games.
- Mark Alt (Adirondack Phantoms and University of Minnesota) – Nine points (One goal and Eight assists), plus-17, and 22 PIMs in 45 games.
- Oliver Lauridsen (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – Nine points (Three goals and Six assists), minus-2, and 111 PIMs in 74 games.
- Matthew Konan (Philadelphia Flyers, Adirondack Phantoms, and Trenton Titans) – Seven points (Two goals and Five assists), minus-13, and 56 PIMs in 52 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 during the regular season and 12-1-1, 2.26 GAA, and .935 save percentage with the Knights. 2-5-0, 2.56 GAA, and .898 save percentage with the Mavericks.
- 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.