Philadelphia Flyers prospect Philippe Myers is picking up where he left off for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. After suffering a concussion on December 31st at the World Juniors, Myers was off the ice dealing with his symptoms. He even stopped in Philadelphia to take in a game from the press box.
Myers was cleared to return to action earlier this week, and officially made his comeback last night in a 2-1 Huskies win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The big-bodied defenseman assisted on both goals and was named the second star of the game for his efforts.
The first assist was just a nice point-to-point pass by Myers before the shot ricocheted of the end boards and right onto the forwards stick.
His second assist, on what would be the game-winning goal, was off a point shot. He played catch with his defensive partner before firing a puck on net for a scoring chance. Again it rebounded right to Antoine Waked for his second goal of the night.
Both goals were scored on the power play, by Waked from Jeremy Lauzon and Myers.
It’s great to see Myers back in action after suffering a concussion, especially since he has a bit of a history now. It’s even better to see him putting up points. He is now a point-per-game player on the season as he has 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games.
Last season was his coming out party, when he scored 17 goals and added 28 assists for 45 points in 63 games, while carrying an impressive +52 rating. He won’t be able to match those totals this season due to injury, but the skills and pace are still there.
Myers is getting pretty close to NHL-ready, both by the eye test and by listening to opinions from around the league. Bob McKenzie said last month that he could see Myers going straight to the NHL instead of spending a year in the AHL. He was also listed as the 18th best prospect in the league by Corey Pronman.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Flyers decide to handle Myers as he continues to develop.
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