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Flyers Prospects Pyramid - Tier 5-6 and Conclusion


After ranking 27 prospects over the first four tiers, we reach the conclusion of the Flyers prospect pyramid with the bottom of the deep barrel in the final two tiers.

Tier 5:

G Anthony Stolarz (AHL - Lehigh Valley Phantoms)

I like Stolarz more than most people do. In 7 NHL games during the 2016-17 season, Stolarz put up really solid numbers - a 2.07 GAA and .928 save percentage. Obviously a small sample size but I thought Stolarz would be able legitimately challenge Michal Neuvirth as the team's backup goalie at last year's camp. Stolarz got hurt right before the Calder Cup playoffs, tearing his left meniscus which cost him 4 months of valuable time. Then, Stolarz re-aggravated the injury in camp, costing him almost the entire 2017-18 season (he played just one game in the AHL and 0 in the NHL). With Alex Lyon looking good down the stretch and then putting up a 94-save performance in the Phantoms 2-1 5OT win over Charlotte in the Calder Cup Semifinals, Stolarz is looking like the odd man out amongst the 3 goalies likely to start next year in the AHL (along with Lyon and Hart). This may be Stollie's last shot in the Flyers organization, so he'll need a strong camp and start to the season to regain trust from Flyers fans and management.

C Pascal Laberge (WHL - Québec Remparts)

Unfortunately, this may be the first major bust of Ron Hextall's tenure. Less than 10 games into his draft plus one season, Laberge was the victim of a dangerous and illegal check to the head, concussing him on impact. Laberge doesn't seem like he's fully recovered, recording below point-per-game seasons in the WHL each of the last 2 years. I don't want to crucify him just yet since he's only 20 years old, but he will need a big first pro season to change my opinion.

LW Danick Martel (AHL - Lehigh Valley Phantoms)

Martel was a nobody in the Flyers system at this time last year, but turned heads with a red-hot start to the AHL season, scoring 14 goals in his first 17 games (the next closest had 11) and leading the Phantoms in 5-on-5 Corsi For%* as of November 22nd, when he was called up to the Flyers. Martel looked decent enough in his 4 game stint, but failed to record a point and was sent back down to the Phantoms, scoring only 11 times in his final 42 games. Martel's incredible run last year may have just been a fluke, but he'll get a chance to prove it's not this year.

C Connor Bunnaman (OHL - Kitchener Rangers)

Kitchener's captain last year, Bunnaman's numbers don't flash off the page like a lot of the other guys on this list (hence why he's in tier 5). But it's not like he can't score, and he's a good defensive center that has bottom-6 NHL upside. He'll go pro for the first time this year with the Phantoms.

D David Bernhardt (SHL - Djurgårdens IF)

Bernhardt is similar to Högberg - 78 SHL games since the 2016-17 season and has put up a few more points than Högberg. But his upside is closer to a third-pair defenseman and he still hasn't been signed yet, so I'm dropping him a tier below Högberg for the moment being. Those two are often compared to each other because of their ethnic and play-style similarities, so it will be interesting to see which one has the better career.

G Ivan Fedotov (VHL - Toros Neftekamsk)

After an impressive 7-game debut with Toros at the end of the 2016-17 season, Fedotov labored with the club this year, posting a .899 save percentage. And then put up a .917 in his only KHL game because goalies are voodoo. Consistency is hard to find for goalies, but Fedotov will need a year much closer to 2016-17 than last year, along with maybe a more extended KHL stint, to avoid being relegated off this list.

D Wyatt Kalynuk (NCAA - Wisconsin Badgers)

Similar to Phil Myers, Kalynuk is a guy a lot of people don't seem to be paying attention to, but that might not last for long. Kalynuk put up an impressive 25 points in 37 games last year for Wisconsin. A solid offensive defenseman with some size, Kalynuk has the potential to become a steal for the Flyers (selected 196th in 2017), but he's not quite there yet.

LW Olle Lycksell (SHL - Linköping HC)

Only 7 points in 26 games might not seem good for a forward at first. But at 19, it's a good thing that Lycksell already has that much SHL experience under his belt. Lycksell is undersized at 5'11'', but plenty have overcome that handicap before, and that he can shoot and play defense well gives him a solid shot of becoming a future NHLer.

D Wyatte Wylie (OHL - Everett Silvertips)

Let's be honest he's just here for the name. Ok not really. Playing on the same team as Carter Hart can make a defenseman look good (Wylie jokingly took credit for Hart's success at the draft). But Wylie put up a respectable 31 points for Everett last season and has a good-enough two-way game that gives him NHL upside.

Tier 6:

EVERYBODY ELSE!

Anyone that would fall below Tier 5 unfortunately probably isn't worthy off a full writeup. Either I don't know enough about them or they simply aren't good enough right now (or both). I tried to include everyone that I see something in at some point in this list, but there are probably some guys that I missed, and definitely some that are too low or too high. Feel free to let me know how you would change things or make a Flyers (or any team's) prospect pyramid for yourself.

*Advanced Phantoms stats from Brad Keffer at phancystats.com

*Reference to date of Martel's leading Corsi For % from broadstreethockey.com

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