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Flyers System Inventory: Forwards

Last week we took an in depth look at the defensemen on the farm.  This week we’ll be taking a look at the forwards. AHL/ECHL Jason Akeson, Right Wing,  22, signed as free agent in 2011. 2011-2012:  76gp  14g  41a  55pts Akeson proved he could handle the jump to the American Hockey League after an outstanding performance as an overaged talent in juniors. He had a solid debut in the AHL for a rookie, but his NHL Equivalency  for his performance last season is 26 points over a full season which is an average third line talent in the National …

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Flyers System Inventory: Defensemen

I would like to spend the next several weeks examining the Flyers farm system to take stock of what type of prospects they actually have so we can look for areas of strength and need. This will help give us an idea of what they need to focus on in future drafts. We kick it off this week by taking a look at the defensemen on the farm. Pros (AHL/ECHL): Marc-Andre Bourdon , 22, drafted 3rd round of 2008 entry draft. 2011-2012:  45gp  4g  3a  7pts  +4  (NHL) Bourdon was an offensive defenseman in juniors, but settled into a defensive …

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Bourdon, Laughton signed

At least one more puzzle to the Flyers defensive picture has been solved, as restricted free agent blueliner Marc-Andre Bourdon was signed to a multi-year contract extension reported to be for two years with an average annual value of $612,500 per season. That’s a significant down-grade from his initial entry-level deal whose cap hit was $875,000 according to NHLNumbers.com. Bourdon, who will turn 23 on September 17, missed time last season due to a concussion. Still, he made an impression during several call-ups, totaling four goals and seven points in 45 games for Philadelphia. In addition, first-round selection Scott Laughton …

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Flyers Faithful’s 10 top Flyers prospects

I’ve decided to take a more traditional look  prospects this year instead of grading them with the help of NHLE because goalies and defenders are undervalued with NHLE. I decided to evaluate them mainly on three criteria: 1) NHL ceiling 2) Likelihood of reaching ceiling 3) Proximity to NHL “NHL ceiling” is essentially a prospect’s maximum potential, but not everyone reaches their ceiling. I tend to prefer younger, higher ceiling prospects, but it’s important to factor in whether they are likely to reach that ceiling or not. So a player with a low ceiling — but a higher potential — …

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Grading the Flyers draft

#20 – Scott Laughton, Center The Flyers are good at finding value when picking late in the first round, but this time they looked for something different than what made them successful in the past. In past drafts, they’ve picked forwards with plenty of offensive skill that ended up being undervalued due to their small stature (Giroux, Richards, Downie). On Friday night, they reached slightly for someone short on offensive skill. Laughton has the potential to be a gritty, shutdown center, but I feel this type of player is usually found in the second round. Grade – B #45 – …