Prospect Profiles: Nick Luukko

photo courtesy of flyers.nhl.com Position: Defense Shoots: Right Height: 6’2″ Weight: 183 lbs Birthdate: November 29, 1991 Age: 19 Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania Acquired: 6th round (179 overall) of 2010 entry draft “Nick possesses poise well beyond his years. He never panics and most always makes the right decision. This approach will allow him to find success at every level.” – The Gunnery Coach Craig Badger 2008-2009 Luukko began his first season with The Gunnery Highlanders, a prep school in Connecticut. He logged impressive minutes in his first year as he found himself in a top four role of the …

Prospect Profiles: Joonas Lehtivuori

  photo courtesy of theahl.com     Position: Defense Shoots: Right Height: 5’11″ Weight: 180 lbs. Birthdate: July 19, 1988 Age: 23 Hometown: Tampere, Finland Acquired: 4th round (101st overall) of 2006 entry draft  Joonas Lehtivuori is an undersized defenseman known more for his offensive game. his play in his own end and his strength remain weaknesses. 2005-2006 Lehtivuori began his career with Ilves Tampere in Finland. As a 17 year old he was playing at the highest junior level in Finland for Ilves. He showed promise as an offensive defenseman by recording 9 goals and 16 assists in 35 …

Q&A with Tim McManus on which Phantoms may contribute

Tim McManus covers the Adirondack Phantoms for The Post-Star in Glens Falls, NY. Follow his blog The Phantoms Forum here. Also make sure to follow Tim on Twitter @PSPhantoms. Which Phantoms do you think are NHL ready at this point and have the potential of winning a job with the big club? I think the two obvious candidates are Ben Holmstrom and Erik Gustafsson. Holmstrom is the guy I feel could help most immediately. He’s strong on faceoffs, reliable on the penalty kill, and his offense has been coming along, although he’ll probably never score a ton of goals at the NHL level guy. Just …

Prospect Profiles: Tyler Hostetter

“He was a pleasant surprise from our end. He moves well and has some poise with the puck. There are a lot of things we like about him.” – Flyers Director of Hockey Operations, Chris Pryor Position: Defense Shoots: Right Height: 5’11″ Weight: 200 lbs Birthdate: January 30, 1991 Age: 20 Hometown: Lititz, Pennsylvania Acquired: Signed as free agent (9-22-09) Tyler Hostetter made his OHL debut in the 07-08 season with the Erie Otters. He had a modest 11 points (1 g, 10 a) in 57 games, playing in a smaller role with the Otters. The 08-09 season was Tyler …