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Top 5 Philadelphia Flyers Prospects to Watch

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Top 5 Philadelphia Flyers Prospects to Watch

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The Philadelphia Flyers have been having a rough season, and their 16-17-3 record has proven that to even the most loyal of Flyers fans. As fans, we would like to think they can pull it together in the last month of the season, but we also have to be realistic.

The Flyers are seeded at No. 11 in the Eastern Conference, but they also are on a three game win streak, so they are building some momentum. We really want to have hope that the Flyers can usurp the eighth seed and make it into the playoffs this season. However, these odds seem a bit unlikely when we consider how inconsistent the team has been this year.

The biggest thing the Flyers should be doing right now is focusing on the draft lottery and paying attention to their rookies and prospects.

It would be smart if the management starts to call up more of the rookies from the Adirondack Phantoms. This will give the younger players the NHL experience they need to develop as stronger hockey players. It will also give them the opportunity to show the organization what they are made of.

As it gets closer to the offseason, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren needs to be on alert for these rookies and prospects. Some of these kids have the potential to be great Flyers, but Holmgren needs to start paying attention to them.

It also very important that Holmgren starts to take notice of the big defensemen he already has floating around in the system. The forwards are important too, but with a weak blue line, the Flyers really need to pay attention to their defensive options.

With that in mind, here in a Top 5 list of the kids to watch out for in the next couple of years. It could be soon that Flyers fans will be chanting these names instead of Claude Giroux’s.

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5. Shayne Gostisbehere

Shayne Gostisbehere
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Shayne Gostisbehere was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 entry draft, but has not had his chance to play for the NHL team or their minor league affiliates yet. He is currently a defenseman for Union College and has expressed an interest in staying at college before a making an NHL debut. Flyers fans will recognize his name from the IIHF’s 2013 World Junior Championships, as he was part of the Team USA who took home the gold.

As a defenseman he is a player to watch out for, and he’s already done some good things with his college team. He is aggressive at the net and logged 125 shots on goal this season. He just really needs to work on his accuracy as he only scored eight goals this season. He also has a habit of going too wide at the net, but his enthusiasm to shoot is something the Flyers really need.

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4. Oliver Lauridsen

Oliver Lauridsen
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Oliver Lauridsen made his NHL debut on Saturday, which excited Philadelphia Flyers fans because he is a defenseman. He’s been playing with the Adirondack Phantoms this season but has only scored one goal. However, his size and determination has drawn the Flyers' attention. He was also invited to the rookies Trial on the Isle event last summer, so the Flyers have already seen a little of what he can do.

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3. Brandon Manning

Brandon Manning
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Brandon Manning’s name will sound familiar since he was a part of the “Black Aces,” the group of Adirondack Phantoms who were called up to the Philadelphia Flyers during the playoffs last season. Manning also was at Trial on the Isle and the Flyers training camp at the beginning of the NHL season, but has played with the Phantoms all season. He’s had decent numbers this season, but the Flyers will have to watch out for his penalties. He has 127 PIMS with the Phantoms this season, so he needs to learn a bit about discipline.

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2. Danny Syvret

Danny Syvret
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Danny Syvret is also a familiar name having been at the Philadelphia Flyers training camp this season. He also played a few playoff games with the Flyers, but he’s been playing with the Adirondack Phantoms this season. He may not be that great at getting goals of his own, but he is an effective passer. Syvret has successfully set up his teammates to score a total of 30 times this season.

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1. Jason Akeson

Jason Akeson
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At the start of the season, Jason Akeson was with the Philadelphia Flyers ECHL affiliate, the Trenton Titans. He was called up midseason to the Adirondack Phantoms and has been leading them with 15 goals ever since. His prowess of getting to the net might be why he is the only forward on this list.

Not only is Akeson a good playmaker by constantly finding the back of the net, he is also very disciplined. He only has 23 PIMS with the Phantoms, which is something that has definitely gone a long way for them. It is also something the Flyers really need on their team.