Philadelphia Flyers Prospect Roundup For Week Of January 21st
London Knights goalie and Flyers draft pick Anthony Stolarz had his second career start with his OHL club, and certainly made the most of it. Storlarz stopped 19 of 20 shots versus the Ottawa 67′s in an 11-1 shellacking. The New Jersey native has lowered is GAA down to a solid 2.39 and has a save percentage of .915%
Nick Cousins seems to get himself on the stat sheet every night for the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL, and Wednesday was certainly no difference. Cousins had a goal and assist in a 5-4 win over the Sudbury Wolves, and had a goal differential of +1. Cousins improved his season totals to 19 goals and 54 assists, and an incredible goal differential of +21. The 19 year old is making waves in the Ontario Hockey League, and will be doing the same soon in the NHL too.
2011 7th round draft pick Derek Mathers is another Flyers prospect currently in the Ontario Hockey League. On Thursday night versus the Belleville Bulls, Mathers got the scoring started for the Peterborough Petes. On a feed behind the net from Greg Betzold, the captain Mathers sent home a wrister to make it 2-1. The Petes would end up winning in a shootout, and Mathers goal was his 7th on the season. Petes teammate and also Flyers rookie camp invitee Chase Hatcher had no points.
A once promising prospect is no longer in the Flyers system. Earlier in the week, the Flyers put goalie Niko Hovinen on unconditional waivers with the intent of releasing him from his contract. Philadelphia signed Hovinen in 2011, and expected the 6 foot 7 goalie be in the Flyers system for a long time. After coming over from Finland this summer, questions surfaced within the organization whether or not Hovinen had the work ethic. After 16 games with the Trenton Thunder of the ECHL, the Flyers released him from his contract. He was later claimed by the Edmonton Oilers.
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