Future Flyers Report: A look at Cal Heeter

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When it comes to the future franchise goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers, the name many will say is Anthony Stolarz. Selected by the Orange and Black in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Stolarz is the player in the Flyers’ system who has the best chance to be the team’s goaltender for years to come. Due to Stolarz’ success with the London Knights of the OHL, not many people are talking about Cal Heeter.

An undrafted American netminder, Heeter spent four years at Ohio State University before joining the Flyers’ organization at the start of last season. Heeter’s best season with OSU came in 2010-2011, when he posted a save percentage of .923 and a 2.30 GAA in 37 appearances.

Last season, Heeter spent time with both the Adirondack Phantoms and the Trenton Titans, but posted less-than-desirable statistics with both squads. In the AHL with the Phantoms, Heeter posted a .908 save percentage with a 2.92 GAA over 32 games. For his time in the ECHL he had a .900 save percentage and a GAA of 3.18.

Along with playing for the Phantoms and Titans, Heeter represented the U.S.A. at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He didn’t take part in any games at the WC.

With his mediocre numbers last season and the play of Stolarz, as well as Philly drafting Merrick Madsen late in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, there wasn’t too much talk about Heeter. However, the former Buckeye is having quite the season with the Phantoms. Not only does he lead the league with a 2.03 GAA, Heeter is among the league leaders with a .932 save percentage. With the help of four shutouts, the St. Louis native is 13-10- on the year with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, as the Phantoms currently sit ninth in the Eastern Conference with 38 points.

Heeter is going to be a restricted free agent after this season. It will be interesting to see is Paul Holmgren brings back the 6’4″ 25-year-old who has a cap hit of $783,750.

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) – 27 points (Eight goals and 19 assists), minus-8, and 20 PIMs in 33 games.
  4. Tyrell Goulbourne (Kelowna Rockets, WHL) – 20 points (Six goals and 14 assists), plus-10, and 62 PIMs in 35 games.
  5. Petr Straka (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 15 points (Five goals and 10 assists), plus-1, and six PIMs in 31 games.
  6. Ben Holmstrom (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 15 points (Six goals and Nine assists), plus-1, and 66 PIMs in 33 games.
  7. Tye McGinn (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 15 points (Nine goals and Six assists), minus-7, and 22 PIMs in 34 games.
  8. Andrew Johnston (Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL) – 12 points (Two goals and 10 assists) and 34 PIMs in 29 games.
  9. Nick Cousins (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 12 points (Four goals and Eight assists), minus-1, and 19 PIMs in 32 games.
  10. Michael Parks (University of North Dakota, NCAA) – 11 points (Three goals and Eight assists), minus-1, and 10 PIMs in 18 games.
  11. Brandon Alderson (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Nine points (Five goals and Four assists) and 16 PIMs in 29 games.
  12. Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (One goal and Five assists), plus-6, and 12 PIMs in 20 games.
  13. Kyle Flanagan (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Six points (Three goals and Three assists), minus-1, and four PIMs in 24 games.
  14. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (Two goals and Two assists), plus-2, and 13 PIMs in 29 games.
  15. Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Three assists, plus-1, and six PIMs in 24 games.
  16. Petr Placek (Harvard University, NCAA) – Zero points, minus-1, and two PIMs in one game.
  17. Derek Mathers (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Zero points and 36 PIMs in 14 games.

DEFENSEMEN

  1. Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL) – 22 points (Six goals and 16 assists), minus-1, and 67 PIMs in 32 games.
  2. Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 16 points (Six goals and 10 assists), plus-5, and 12 PIMs in 18 games.
  3. Brandon Manning (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 16 points (Five goals and 11 assists), minus-7, and 95 PIMs in 33 games.
  4. Mark Alt (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 10 points (One goal and Nine assists), minus-3, and 17 PIMs in 32 games.
  5. Terrance Amorosa (Sioux City Musketeers, USHL) – Nine points (Two goals and Seven assists), plus-12, and six PIMs in 25 games.
  6. Robert Hagg (MODO HK and MODO J20) – Eight points (One goal and Seven assists), minus-2, and 20 PIMs in 35 games.
  7. Tyler Hostetter (Wichita Thunder, CHL) – Six points (Two goals and Four assists), minus-1, and 15 PIMs in 19 games.
  8. Nick Luukko (University of Vermont, NCAA) – Five points (Two goals and Three assists) and eight PIMs in 19 games.
  9. Fredric Larsson (Youngstown Phantoms, USHL) – Five points (One goal and Four assists), minus-5, and 58 PIMs in 25 games.
  10. Oliver Lauridsen (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Five assists, plus-12, and 81 PIMs in 33 games.
  11. Reece Willcox (Cornell University, NCAA) – Four points (Two goals and Two assists), plus-1, and two PIMs in 15 games.
  12. Cullen Eddy (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (One goal and Three assists), plus-4, and 28 PIMs in 26 games.
  13. Maxim Lamarche (Adirondack Phantoms and Elmira Jackals) – Three points (Two goals and One assist), minus-4, and 12 PIMs in 25 games.
  14. David Drake (Des Moines Buccaneers, USHL) – Three assists, minus-6, and eight PIMs in 26 games.
  15. Valeri Vasiliev (Spartak Moscow, KHL) – Two assists, minus-4, and 12 PIMs in 26 games.
  16. Matt Konan (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Two assists, minus-7, and 22 PIMs in 26 games.

GOALTENDERS

  1. Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 13-10-0, .932 save percentage, and 2.03 GAA.
  2. Anthony Stolarz (London Knights, OHL) – 20-3-1, .926 save percentage, and 2.50 GAA.
  3. Merrick Madsen (Minot Minotauros, NAHL) – 6-8-0, .905 save percentage, and 2.68 GAA.