North American Prospect Weekly Report (10/4 – 10/10)

The North American Prospect Report  follows the weekly progress of Flyers prospects playing  in the various leagues throughout North America. Forwards: This week was a pretty good  for the forward prospects. Brendan Ranford lead the pack this week with 7 points in 3 games including 3 goals. Tye McGinn also had a great week with 4 points in 4 games. Patrick Maroon has gotten off to a hot start by scoring a goal in each game this weekend. Jonathan Kalinkski, Dave Labrecque, David Laliberte, Stefan Legein, and Mike Testwuide all also had solid performances this week by averaging a point …

Tim McManus shares his thoughts on Erik Gustafsson

Bill Meltzer wrote, “According to Derian Hatcher, it’s ‘no contest’ that Erik Gustafsson is the most skilled and polished of the defense prospects who attended the rookie camp earlier in the week.” Do you agree? What is your impression of Erik Gustafsson? I didn’t get in to town until after the rookie camp, but I’m not surprised that Meltzer thought that. The first word I think of with Gustafsson is poised. When he got to Adirondack last season, he immediately reminded me of Danny Syvret, who he played on the power play with. I don’t mean Gustafsson projects out to …

Evaluating Flyers prospects

I want to introduce another way of evaluating prospects using a NHL Equivalency or NHLE for short. Gabriel Desjardins, a prominent blogger in the hockey analysis world developed NHLE.  He has figured out the production equivalency for lower leagues and how they translate into the NHL. Meaning we can take a player’s stat line from a lesser league like the Canadian junior hockey league and figure out what the NHL equivalent for the player’s  performance would be. This gives us an idea of how a prospect would perform offensively at the NHL level. It’s not a perfect method for evaluating …

Are the Flyers a better team?

This question was recently asked on the Flyers Forum and, admittedly, it caught me off guard. For all of the knee-jerk reactions we are accustomed to giving as fans of Philadelphia sports teams, I had a hard time saying no to this question. I wanted to lash out about how management backed themselves into a corner with the cap and it forced them to trade the beloved Simon Gagne for garbage, or about the illogical acquisition of overpaid defender, Andrej Meszaros, while plenty of good free agent defenders were available. I had a million reasons to complain about how I …