Let the debate begin.
Philadelphia Flyers defensive prospect Philippe Myers has emerged as one of the best defensemen in the Flyers’ prospect pool after being undrafted in 2015. The Flyers invited him to training camp in September of 2015 and subsequently signed him to an entry-level contract.
Since then Myers’ game has grown with each season. He really blossomed two years ago with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the QMJHL, but late-season injuries cost him a chance at Development Camp in 2016.
Now, after battling injuries (including a concussion) in the 2016-17 season, Myers is ready to show his growth in his first Development Camp as he prepares for his first professional season.
Myers had a long stay with the Flyers’ in last year’s training camp, and he commented on that on Friday morning.
“When we moved into the real dressing room last year, me and Travis Konecny were sitting on chairs and at that point I was like ‘Whoa, we’re in the Flyers dressing room right now’. It was fun and I enjoyed every moment of it and hopefully I can do the same thing this year,” Myers said.
He hopes that he can stay with the Flyers longer this season, but is ready for wherever he may end up.
“Right now i’m not even thinking of where I’m going to play next year. I’m just working as hard as I can to get better… I’m just going to try my best and do what I can and whatever happens, happens,” he continued.
Myers was called up for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms playoffs this spring, but didn’t get into a game. He will either re-join them in October or stay up with the big club. He isn’t worried about it, though. He trusts Hexy.
“I have trust in Hexy and the coaching staff and management here, I know they’re going to put me in the right spot. Wherever I go next season [Philadelphia or Lehigh Valley] I’ll be happy.”
Philippe Myers has everything he needs to succeed at the professional level. He is a big-bodied (6’5″), two-way defenseman that is just as comfortable on the penalty kill as he is on the power play. He has great vision, skating ability, and patience with the puck. Over the past two seasons he has recorded 80 points (27 goals, 53 assists) in 97 games with a +73 rating.
Myers has the skillset to potentially make the Flyers this season, but some fine-tuning of his game at the AHL level wouldn’t hurt. He is ready either way.
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