Philadelphia Flyers Prospect Roundup: Week of January 14th
Despite it being widely known that the Philadelphia Flyers do not have the best prospects in their system, they’ve certainly had some players stand out in the past week.
Flyers 2012 second round draft pick Anthony Stolarz had a strong showing between the pipes on Friday night against the Windsor Spitfires. Stolarz, who joined the London Knights of the OHL in early January, stopped 20 of 21 shots in 48:56 minutes of relief of starting goalie Jake Patterson. Although Stolarz solid effort wasn’t enough to boost the Knights, it’ll certainly earn him his second start with London. In three appearances with the team, Stolarz has a 1-0-0 record, with a GAA of 2.98.
Nick Cousins, the third round pick of the Flyers in 2011, is continuing a stellar season with the Soo Greyhounds, also of the OHL. In two games this week Cousins tallied a shorthanded goal and added three assists, while maintaining a good goal differential of +3. His goal versus the Plymouth Whalers kicked off the scoring for the Greyhounds, who would pound the Whalers 7-3. In 46 games with Soo, Cousins has 18 goals and 53 assists, as well as an incredible goal differential of +20.
Teammates and fellow Flyers prospects Kyle Mountain and Nick Luukko both provided a big boost to the University of Vermont‘s offense as they took on Penn State in NCAA action. The game was played right after the Flyers home opener at the Wells Fargo Center, and fans who showed got a taste of two future Flyers. Luukko added an assist to the stat sheet, while Mountain scored a late goal. Yet their offensive efforts were in vain, as Penn State won 4-2.
World Juniors gold medalist Shayne Gostisbehere has had an impressive 2012-13 campaign with Union College. Gostisbehere (who has 15 points in 19 games) added two assists total assists in back to back games, and his feed to teammate Nick Cruice helped set up the game winning goal late in the third period over Colgate University. It was a much needed win for the Union ice hockey team, who lost to Harvard University and Flyers 5th round pick Reece Willcox the previous day. Willcox had no points.
Newly acquired prospect Mark Alt had an assist with the University of Minnesota in a 4-4 tie versus the University of North Dakota. Alt was traded to the Flyers from the Carolina Hurricanes as part of the Brian Boucher trade.
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