Future Flyers Report: Vasiliev shouldn’t be ignored

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When it comes to talking about defensemen in the Philadelphia Flyers’ system, the two biggest names are Samuel Morin and Shayne Gostisbehere for obvious reasons. In addition to these two, Robert Hagg has received some recognition as a second-round pick with a lot of upside. With the Adirondack Phantoms, the tandem of Mark Alt and Oliver Lauridsen look to be two defensemen that could one day be on Philly’s blue line.

Another d-man who could surprisingly wear the Orange and Black one day is Valeri Vasiliev. Picked 201st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Flyers, Vasiliev was compared to Douglas Murray by Pierre McGuire after his name was announced. It’s a fair comparison for the two players, as Vasiliev is a big body at 6’2″ and 207 pounds. Whether or not a Murray-type player will impact the Flyers’ blue line in a positive manner a few years from now has yet to be seen, but that role could belong to Vasiliev.

At the moment, Vasiliev is playing for Spartak Moscow of the KHL, where he has two assists and 12 PIMs in 26 games. Not the most points for the defenseman, but point production shouldn’t be expected out of a defensive defenseman who is playing in an offensively-oriented league like the KHL. The Flyers own the rights to Vasiliev when he decides to leave the KHL for the NHL.

In addition to playing in Europe’s best professional hockey league, Vasiliev will represent Russia at the 2014 U-20 World Junior Championships. Other notable prospects for Philly playing for their home country in the tournament are Scott Laughton, Taylor Leier, Anthony Stolarz, and Hagg. Not bad company for Vasiliev, who hasn’t exactly received the attention of other players picked higher than him in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft or in the Flyers’ system.

FORWARDS

  1. Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 50 points (24 goals and 26 assists), plus-9, and 33 PIMs in 29 games.
  2. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 43 points (22 goals and 21 assists), plus-19, and 14 PIMs in 31 games.
  3. Jason Akeson (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 18 points (Five goals and 13 assists), minus-7, and eight PIMS in 25 games.
  4. Tyrell Goulbourne (Kelowna Rockets, WHL) – 14 points (Five goals and Nine assists), plus-2, and 48 PIMs in 29 games.
  5. Petr Straka (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 13 points (Five goals and Eight assists), plus-1, and four PIMs in 23 games.
  6. Ben Holmstrom (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 12 points (Five goals and Seven assists), plus-3, and 58 PIMs in 25 games.
  7. Andrew Johnston (Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL) – 11 points (Two goals and Nine assists), plus-2, and 25 PIMs in 25 games.
  8. Michael Parks (University of North Dakota, NCAA) – 10 points (Three goals and Seven assists), minus-2, and 10 PIMs in 17 games.
  9. Nick Cousins (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 10 points (Four goals and Six assists), minus-1, and eight PIMs in 24 games.
  10. Tye McGinn (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 10 points (Eight goals and Two assists), minus-5, and 20 PIMs in 26 games.
  11. Brandon Alderson (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Seven points (Three goals and Four assists) and 14 PIMs in 21 games.
  12. Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (One goal and Five assists), plus-4, and 12 PIMs in 18 games.
  13. Kyle Flanagan (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (Two goals and Two assists), minus-1, and four PIMs in 16 games.
  14. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (Two goals and Two assists), plus-2, and eight PIMs in 23 games.
  15. Maxim Lamarche (Elmira Jackals, ECHL) – Three points (Two goals and One assist), plus-5, and eight PIMs in 17 games.
  16. Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Three assists, plus-1, and four PIMs in 19 games.
  17. Petr Placek (Harvard University, NCAA) – Zero points, minus-1, and two PIMs in one game.
  18. Derek Mathers (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Zero points and 26 PIMs in 10 games.

DEFENSEMEN

  1. Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 16 points (Six goals and 10 assists), plus-5, and 12 PIMs in 18 games.
  2. Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL) – 15 points (Four goals and 11 assists), minus-6, and 57 PIMs in 25 games.
  3. Brandon Manning (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Nine points (Two goals and Seven assists), minus-4, and 84 PIMs in 25 games.
  4. Mark Alt (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (One goal and Seven assists), minus-2, and 15 PIMs in 24 games.
  5. Robert Hagg (MODO HK and MODO J20) – Eight points (One goal and Seven assists), minus-2, and 20 PIMs in 35 games.
  6. Terrance Amorosa (Sioux City Musketeers, USHL) – Seven assists, plus-9, and six PIMs in 21 games.
  7. Tyler Hostetter (Wichita Thunder, CHL) – Six points (Two goals and Four assists) and 13 PIMs in 16 games.
  8. Fredric Larsson (Youngstown Phantoms, USHL) – Five points (One goal and Four assists), minus-3, and 53 PIMs in 22 games.
  9. Oliver Lauridsen (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Five assists, plus-10, and 76 PIMs in 25 games.
  10. Reece Willcox (Cornell University, NCAA) – Four points (Two goals and Two assists), minus-1, and two PIMs in 13 games.
  11. Nick Luukko (University of Vermont, NCAA) – Three points (One goal and Two assists) and eight PIMs in 14 games.
  12. Cullen Eddy (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Three points (One goal and Two assists), plus-3, and 24 PIMs in 22 games.
  13. David Drake (Des Moines Buccaneers, USHL) – Two assists, minus-5, and eight PIMs in 22 games.
  14. Matt Konan (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Two assists, minus-6, and 22 PIMs in 25 games.
  15. Valeri Vasiliev (Spartak Moscow, KHL) – Two assists, minus-4, and 12 PIMs in 26 games.

GOALTENDERS

  1. Anthony Stolarz (London Knights, OHL) – 20-3-1, .926 save percentage, and 2.50 GAA.
  2. Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 8-8-0, .922 save percentage, and 2.33 GAA.
  3. Merrick Madsen (Minot Minotauros, NAHL) – 5-5-0, .904 save percentage, and 2.75 GAA.