While the season chugs along at the National Hockey League level, Philadelphia Flyers prospects all over the globe are playing for their respective teams and continuing their development under an orange and black umbrella.
The crop of young defensemen is the golden ticket of the franchise, and it has already started to pay dividends. Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere have already made a huge impact at the NHL level while the rest of the crops continue to harvest at their own pace, but there is one prospect that has rocketed up the rankings like no other.
Philippe Myers signed with the Flyers as an undrafted free agent after a training camp invite in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. Myers exploded onto the scene in the QMJHL that fall, tallying 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 63 games after recording just eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 60 games the year prior. It’s safe to say that the Flyers were happy they hosted -and eventually inked- Myers when they did.
Myers has 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) in 32 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies so far this season, taking another step forward as a player and another step up in prospect rankings after a strong showing at the World Junior Championship for Team Canada this year as well. His name is becoming more and more well-known, and some believe that Myers may even be the next Flyers defensive prospects to make the jump to the NHL.
The Flyers inked Myers as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He didn’t even crack their top 10 prospects in Future Watch 2016, so a leap inside the top 30 shocked us. Our panel really likes the kid, as do the Flyers, who rave about his blend of mobility and agility on a 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame. He’s quietly been better than a point-per-game player with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies this season. He impressed in a pre-season look with the Flyers last fall, too, and made Canada’s world junior squad. TSN’s Bob McKenzie excited Flyers fans in January by suggesting Myers was NHL ready.
As if the Flyers weren’t stacked enough with young D-men. They already have Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere at the NHL level, with Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg in the system. Myers could leapfrog that AHL trio if he keeps playing this well.
I think the fanbase is more than prepared for Myers and the rest of the young talent to start steadily flowing into the NHL at this point. For Myers, another impressive camp and preseason like he had in 2016 would give the 20-year-old strong odds to land a spot on the roster.
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