Last week we introduced and revealed the Philadelphia Flyers prospect pyramid. Rather than ranking prospects in a numbered list, a prospect pyramid puts the players in separate tiers.
After revealing a tier a day last week, I wanted to summarize everything in one post and give a little more explanation for the tiering.
- Flyers prospect pyramid tier one: Patrick is worth the hype
- Flyers prospect pyramid tier two: Lindblom and Sanheim are ready to shine
- Flyers prospect pyramid tier three: Top level talents look to take the next step
- Flyers prospect pyramid tier four: Talented players show more promise as we move up the pyramid
- Flyers prospect pyramid tier five: Strong foundation of depth prospects in proving ground
- Flyers Prospect Pyramid Preview
Tier One: Nolan Patrick
There was no real debate when choosing the top tier of the pyramid. Nolan Patrick is far and away the best prospect in the system, and one of the best prospects in the game.
Tier Two: Oskar Lindblom, Travis Sanheim
The internal debate began in tier two and three. Oskar Lindblom and Travis Sanheim are both top-level prospects and have professional experience. That gave them the edge over Philippe Myers, who just missed the cut.
Tier Three: Robert Hagg, Carter Hart, Samuel Morin, Philippe Myers, German Rubtsov
The most mismatched tier was tier three. It could really be broken down into three separate tiers.
Myers is barely below tier two as a prospect with a high-ceiling that could make an impact soon, but Lindblom and Sanheim barely beat him out.
Carter Hart and German Rubtsov both have high expectations and have great numbers in junior hockey. They are true prospects.
Then you have Robert Hagg and Samuel Morin. They are both close to being NHL ready, but have a lower ceiling.
Tier Four: Wade Allison, Morgan Frost, Pascal Laberge, Isaac Ratcliffe, Felix Sandstrom, Mikhail Vorobyev
This tier is primarily made up of high-round selections with minimal experience in junior hockey or NCAA.
Wade Allison and Pascal Laberge were both second round picks in 2016, and then Morgan Frost and Isaac Ratcliffe were taken within nine picks of each other late in the first round and early in the second round of this year’s draft. They all have great skillsets and have a bunch of potential.
Felix Sandstrom is right behind Hart in terms of goalie prospects as he plays in the SHL, and Mikhail Vorobyov could surprise some. Vorobyov probably could’ve been in his own tier three-and-a-half, much like Myers a tier higher, given his skillset and NHL projections.
Tier Five: Nicolas Aube-Kubel, David Bernhardt, Connor Bunnaman, Mark Friedman, Linus Hogberg, David Kase, Tanner Laczynski, Cooper Marody, Matthew Strome
The Flyers’ depth prospects in tier five would likely be in tier three or four for most teams. Nicolas-Aube Kubel really took a step back last season but could easily be in a higher tier and likely would’ve been in tier three last year.
The rest are all players with a year or two of experience that have shown flashes of brilliance. Matthew Strome is the one to keep an eye on. He has a lot of potential and great hockey skills, but needs to work on his skating. He could rise up through the ranks.
The Rest: Ivan Kosorenkov, Taylor Leier, Alex Lyon, Scott Laughton, Anthony Stolarz, Mike Vecchione, etc.
I wanted to keep the prospect pyramid to true prospects. A lot of the guys left out that are in the AHL can still become something in the NHL, but it didn’t feel right putting them with young prospects. Mike Vecchione was the only guy that nearly made the cut, but he should be starting the year with the Flyers and he’s already 24 with four years of NCAA experience.
Ivan Kosorenkov likely would’ve been in tier five or even tier four if the Flyers drafted him or signed him yet, but since he’s only on a camp invite he isn’t property of the Flyers.
Other prospects such as Maxim Sushko, Matej Tomek, Anthony Salinitri and other deeper guys were left off simply to keep tier five somewhat limited.
The Flyers have the best prospect pipeline in the league, and this pyramid just shows their depth. They have a few high-talent guys in Patrick, Lindblom, Sanheim, and Myers, as well as a stocked cupboard at every position.
We’ll definitely keep an eye on the prospects within the pyramid throughout the season. The prospect rankings and tiers are very fluid and things could change very quickly during the season.
Let us know what you think and which prospects you’re most excited about this season.
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