Prospect Profiles: Joacim Eriksson

photo courtesy of flyers.nhl.com Position: Goalie Catches: Right Height: 6.2? Weight: 187 Birth date: April 9, 1990 Age: 21 Hometown: Gavle, Sweden Acquired: 2008 7th round pick – 196 overall “Our scouts have been very impressed with his poise and technical ability, and think he will only continue to get better.” – Flyers Director of Hockey Operations, Chris Pryor Joacim Eriksson was a member ofthe Brynas IF junior system during his draft season of 2007-2008. He spent the year split between their J18 (under 18) and J20 (under 20) junior teams. Eriksson was the starting goalie for the J18 team. …

Prospect Profiles: Tyler Brown

Photo courtesy of plymouthwhalers.com Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left Height: 6.2″ Weight: 180 Birthdate: February 7, 1990 Age: 21 Hometown: Wasaga Beach, Ontario Acquired: Signed as free agent (3-02-11) Tyler Brown’s OHL career began when the Plymouth Whalers drafted him in the 11th round of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection. Brown’s debut for the Whalers was an eventful one. The rookie recorded a goal and 5 assists in 38 games. As a result, Brown was passed over at the 2008 NHL entry draft. Brown’s sophomore season was an improvement for him as he proved he had a modest amount of …

Prospect Profiles: Marc-Andre Bourdon

Photo Courtesy of theahl.com Position: Defenseman Shoots: Left Height: 6.0? Weight: 225 Birthdate: September 17, 1989 Age: 21 Hometown: St. Hyacinthe, QC Acquired: 2008 3rd round pick – 67th overall “Bourdon is a big man, who also plays a very physical game. He has a lot of offensive skill, but it’s going to take some time for him to cultivate it and round into a better all-around player.” – Former Phantoms coach Kjell Samuelsson Bourdon began his junior career during the 2006-2007 season. The promising rookie finished the year with 2 goals and 26 over 63 games. He also had …

Prospect Profiles: Ricard Blidstrand

Photo courtesy of whl.ca Position: Defenseman Shoots: Left Height: 6.2″ Weight: 205 Birthdate: April 20, 1992 Age: 19 Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden Acquired: 2010 7th round pick – 206th overall “Blidstrand is a big, solid stay at home defenceman who has a great first pass and will adapt well to the North American game.” – Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang ‘ Blidstrand began his hockey career in the Djugardens IF system in Sweden. As a 15 year old, his 2007-2008 season was spent mostly with Djugardens J18 (under 18) junior squad. He finished with 1 goal and 2 assists in …

Prospect Profiles: Simon Bertilsson

Photo courtesy of brynas.se Position: Defenseman Shoots: Left Height: 6.0″ Weight: 198 Birthdate: April 19, 1991 Age: 20 Hometown: Karlskoga, Sweden Acquired: 2009 3rd round pick – 87th overall  “Bertilsson has good size and a decent shot and adds good puck movement and distribution skills to a strong skating base to create a very dynamic package for a defender. He is calm with the puck and often makes strong intelligent decisions.” – International Scouting Service Simon Bertilsson spent most of the 2008-2009 season split between Brynas IF’s J20 junior team and their senior roster. The normally defensive minded defender finished …

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