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Flyers System Inventory: Goaltending

It’s the third and final installment of our system inventory. This week we close it out by looking at the goalies on the farm. As a reminder, we kicked it off by doing an inventory on the defense and followed it up last week with an inventory of forwards. AHL: Cal Heeter, 23, signed as free agent in 2012. 2011-2012: 32 games played 2.45 goals against average .918 save percentage Heeter was the starting goalie for the Ohio State Buckeyes over the previous two seasons. During that time, he was one of the CCHA’s top goalies despite playing behind a …

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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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Then and Now: Mika Pyorala

Mika Pyorala was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers in June of 2009. Even though the Finn never played a game in the NHL, the Flyers believed Pyorala proved himself enough in the SM-liiga and Elitserien to earn a shot in North America. With a cap hit of $500,000 for the 2009-2010 season, Pekka Rinne’s brother-in-law posted pretty decent numbers for the Flyers and the Phantoms. In his 36 games with the Orange and Black, Pyorala had two goals and two assists. His first goal as a Flyer was important, as he potted one in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on November …

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Future Flyers Report – 02.21.12

The Future Flyers Weekly Report follows the weekly progress of Flyers prospects. Forwards: Marcel Noebels finally broke out offensively , scoring four goals and assisting on two in three games with Portland. Nick Cousins added four more points (2g, 2a) to his totals last week which moved him up to 7th overall in the OHL scoring race. Brendan Ranford remained productive by adding two goals and two assists to his season totals. He currently sits at 11th in WHL scoring. Derek Mathers scored his 7th goal of the season on Saturday. Michael Parks picked up his 12 point of the …

Future Flyers Report – 02.13.12

The Future Flyers Weekly Report follows the weekly progress of Flyers prospects. Brendan Ranford moved up from 13th to 10th in WHL scoring after another strong weekly performance. Ranford tallied 8 points (3g, 5a) in 3 games which included two 3 point games. Nick Cousins also had a big week with 6 (2g, 4a) in 3 games which included a 4 point (1g, 3a) performance on Sunday.  Marcel Noebels added two more assists to his totals. Derek Mathers picked up his 14th of the season with an assist on Thursday. Michael Parks tallied a goal and an assist on Friday …