The Philadelphia Flyers have one of the best prospect pools in the league and it’s showing. The Big Ten conference announced their finalists for individual awards on Wednesday afternoon, and the Flyers are well represented.
Two of the three finalists are Flyers prospects.
— Big Ten Hockey (@B1GHockey) March 7, 2018
Cooper Marody is a junior forward for the Michigan Wolverines. He had a decent freshman season before missing half of his sophomore year due to mononucleosis. Now in his junior year, he has broken out in a big way.
Marody is tied for sixth in the NCAA with 44 points, and is tied for third in the NCAA with 32 assists. Coming into this season he had 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 50 career games, and he surpassed that with 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists) in 36 games this season.
Marody doesn’t have a flashy skillset, but he gets the job done for Michigan. Michigan took care of business against Arizona State in a 2-0 sweep last weekend, and will face off against Penn State in a best-of-three set this weekend in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal
Tanner Laczynski is having a great season as well. The sophomore forward continued to progress this season after winning gold with Team USA at last year’s World Junior Championship.
Lazcynski set new career highs in goals, assists, and points this season. He is tied for 15th in the NCAA with 41 points, and tied for 16th in the NCAA with 26 assists.
Lazcynski is a strong, two-way centerman that could translate to a bottom-six center at the NHL level in a few years. Ohio State swept Wisconsin, 2-0, last weekend, and will play Michigan State in a best-of-three set this weekend in the quarterfinal.
Michigan and Ohio State will face off in the semifinals this weekend.
Congratulations to Cooper and Tanner for their nominations, and best of luck moving forward!
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