As the city of Philadelphia celebrates the Eagles winning the Super Bowl, let’s take a look at some of the players that could be a part of the Flyers’ team that makes the next big splash in the City of Brotherly Love.
Morgan Frost retook the OHL scoring lead this week, Carter Hart was named the WHL Goalie of the Month, and Maksim Sushko recaptured some of his magic for a great weekend. Several other prospects played well too.
Let’s get to it.
Tanner Laczynski (Center, Ohio State)
2016 6th round pick (169th overall)
Tanner Laczynski and Ohio State had an up-and-down weekend.
Laczynski extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist in a 4-2 win on Friday, but he was held without a point in a loss on Saturday. It was the first time he was held without a point since December 2nd, and just the second time since November 3rd,
Laczynski is tied for sixth in the NCAA with 37 points in 28 games. He is tied for second with 25 assists.
Last week: 2 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point
Season total: 28 games, 12 goals, 25 assists, 37 points
Cooper Marody (Center, Michigan)
2016 6th round pick (158th overall)
Cooper Marody broke his cold stretch this weekend.
He scored a goal in a 5-3 win on Friday night, but was once again held without a point in a loss on Saturday.
Marody is tied for 16th in the NCAA with 32 points, and is tied for 13th with 22 assists.
Last week: 2 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point
Season total: 28 games, 10 goals, 22 assists, 32 points
Terrance Amorosa (Defenseman, Clarkson University)
2013 5th round pick (132nd overall)
Terrance Amorosa had another solid weekend.
He picked up an assist in two games this weekend. He now has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last 10 games.
Amorosa has hit a career-high in goals (six), assists (16), and points (22) this season. His +16 rating is also the highest of his career.
Last week: 2 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point
Season total: 28 games, 6 goals, 16 assists, 22 points
Wyatt Kalynuk (Defenseman, Wisconsin)
2017 7th round pick (196th overall)
Wyatt Kalynuk got back at it this weekend.
The defenseman broke a four-game point drought, including Friday night, with a goal and an assist in a two-point game on Saturday. It was his eighth multi-point game of his freshman year.
Both Amorosa and Kalynuk are tied for 11th among defensemen with 22 points.
Last week: 2 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points
Season total: 31 games, 3 goal, 19 assists, 22 points
Morgan Frost (Center, Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds)
2017 1st round pick (27th overall)
Morgan Frost is heating back up. After snapping a 20-game point streak, he now has a seven-game point streak after this week.
Frost had a nice goal and two assists in a three-point game on Wednesday night, earning first star honors and retaking the OHL scoring lead. He continued his hot streak with an assist and the overtime game-winning goal on Friday night. He and his team struggled on Sunday, but they still squeaked out a 3-2 win and Frost picked up a primary assist on the eventual game-winning goal in the final minutes of the third period.
Frost is now back at the top of the OHL scoring leaders and has a lengthy point streak to boot. He has points in 27 of his last 28 games, with over two points per game in that span. He has 57 points (19 goals, 38 assists) in his last 28 games.
Frost leads the OHL in points with 85, is tied for first with 55 assists, and is tied for seventh with 30 goals.
Last week: 3 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points
Season total: 50 games, 30 goals, 55 assists, 80 points
Matthew Strome (Left Wing, Hamilton Bulldogs)
2017 4th round pick (106th overall)
Matthew Strome hit a cold streak before a big game on Sunday.
Strome followed up his four-game point streak with a four-game pointless streak, but he ended that on Saturday with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win.
Last week: 3 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points
Season total: 49 games, 29 goals, 22 assists, 51 points
Isaac Ratcliffe (Left Wing, Guelph Storm)
2017 2nd round pick (35th Overall)
Isaac Ratcliffe had another good weekend.
He had back-to-back two-point games on Friday night and Saturday, with a goal and an assist in each game. But he had zero points on Sunday despite firing six shots on goal.
Ratcliffe has points in seven of his last 10 games, with nine goals and four assists for 13 points in that span.
Last week: 3 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Season total: 49 games, 28 goals, 18 assists, 46 points
Anthony Salinitri (Left Wing, Sarnia Sting)
2016 6th round pick (172nd overall)
Anthony Salinitri just kept finding twine this weekend.
He scored Friday, earning first star honors in a 5-3 win, then scored a goal on both Saturday and Sunday as well for four goals on the weekend.
His four goals this weekend in three games match his previous 15 games, in which he scored four goals total.
Last week: 3 games, 4 goals, 0 assists, 4 points
Season total: 52 games, 22 goals, 23 assists, 45 points
Maksim Sushko (Right Wing, Owen Sound Attack)
2017 4th round pick (107th overall)
Maksim Sushko picked it back up this week.
He scored a goal on Wednesday, which was the worst of his three performances this week. He had three points (one goal, two assists) in a 6-4 win against Isaac Ratcliffe and the Guelph Storm on Friday, then was named the first star thanks to two more goals on Saturday in a 6-3 win.
Sushko put himself on the map with his performance for Belarus at the World Juniors, and he’s trying to stay on the map. He has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 13 games since the World Junior Championship. He had 26 points in the 28 games prior to the WJC.
Last week: 3 games, 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Season total: 41 games, 25 goals, 17 assists, 42 points
Connor Bunnaman (Center, Kitchener Rangers)
2016 4th round pick (109th overall)
Connor Bunnaman is ice cold.
He had zero points in two games this weekend, and has just three points in his last 15 games.
Last week: 2 games, 0 points
Season total: 49 games, 19 goals, 19 assists, 38 points
German Rubtsov (Center/Left Wing, Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
2016 1st round pick (22nd overall)
German Rubtsov is dealing with an unknown injury.
He played on Wednesday night, but has missed the last two games with an injury.
It’s been a disappointing season offensively for Rubtsov, but he still has the skills and two-way game to develop into a middle-six center at the NHL level.
Last week: 1 game, 0 points
Season total: 35 games, 12 goals, 22 assists, 34 points
Pascal Laberge (Forward, Quebec Remparts)
2016 2nd round pick (36th overall)
Pascal Laberge slowed down this week.
He was held without a point on Wednesday and Friday before scoring a goal on Saturday.
Laberge has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 17 games with Quebec.
Last week: 3 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point
Season total: 48 games, 12 goals, 20 assists, 32 points
Carsen Twarynski (Forward, Kelowna Rockets)
2016 3rd round pick (82nd overall)
Carsen Twarynski continued his solid season this week.
He scored a goal on Tuesday and another one on Friday, but was held off the scoresheet on Saturday.
Twarynski is still well above a point per game on the season and has been a pleasant surprise.
Last week: 3 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 2 points
Season total: 49 games, 33 goals, 22 assists, 55 points
Carter Hart (Goalie, Everett Silvertips)
2016 2nd round pick (48th overall)
Carter Hart is the man.
Hart was named the WHL Goalie of the Month for the month of January, and followed it up with a solid weekend.
His week started with his first regulation loss since November, despite making 39 saves on 41 shots in a tough 3-0 loss.
He bounced back with two wins over the weekend, once again allowing just two goals in each of the games. He made 29 saves on Friday and 23 saves on Saturday to get the two wins.
Don’t worry, Hart still leads the WHL in goals against average and save percentage, both by very large margins.
Last week: 2-1-0-0, 91 saves on 97 shots (.938 SV%), 2.01 GAA
Season total: 21-4-0-2, 821 saves on 863 shots (.951 SV%), 1.57 GAA, 6 SO
Three stars of the week
- Morgan Frost (3 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points)
- Maksim Sushko (3 games, 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points)
- Isaac Ratcliffe (3 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points)
Prospect leading scorers
- Morgan Frost – 85 points (30 goals, 55 assists) in 50 games (1.70 PT/G)
- Wade Allison – 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 22 games (1.36 PT/G)
- Tanner Laczynski – 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 28 games (1.32 PT/G)
- Cooper Marody – 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 28 games (1.14 PT/G)
- Carsen Twarynski – 55 points (33 goals, 22 assists) in 49 games (1.12 PT/G)
- Matthew Strome – 51 points (29 goals, 22 assists) in 49 games (1.04 PT/G)
- Maksim Sushko – 42 points (25 goals, 17 assists) in 41 games (1.02 PT/G)
Photo via James Egan (James Egan Sports Photography)
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