Philadelphia Flyers Prospect Roundup: Week of Feburary 3rd
Scott Laughton during his time with the Flyers. (Courtesy of NHL.com)
By Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky)
Many prospects within the Philadelphia Flyers organization are making some noise throughout their respective leagues.
It certainly did not take long for Scott Laughton to get back in the swing of things in the OHL. After being called up by the Flyers to start the season, Laughton was sent down after 5 games in order to preserve a year on his entry-level contract. After posting 2 assists in his return, the first round pick had his best game of the season on February 3rd. He supplied 1 goal and 2 assists, along with an absurd goal differential of +5 in an 8-2 onslaught of the Belleville Bulls. He netted the Oshawa Generals 6th goal of the evening after picking off an errant pass by a Bulls defensemen. Even Colin Suellentrop, a 2011 Flyers draft pick, got in on the offensive action by adding an assist for the Generals. You can see highlights from the game here (Laughton is wearing #21). On Friday night, Laughton also added two late goals vs Erie Otters, but his efforts simply were not enough. Despite just playing 35 of 52 game this season, the 18 year-old is 3rd in points for Oshawa.
The good times keep on rolling for 2011 3rd round pick Nick Cousins, who continues to be one of the brightest stars in the OHL. After being named OHL player of the month in January, the 19 year-old has carried his strong play into February. In a 5-1 rout of the Brampton Battalion, Cousins recorded an assist and a goal differential of +2 for the Soo Greyhounds. Cousins has 10 points in just 3 games this month, and leads the OHL in points (81) and assists (62).
Also in the OHL, goalie and Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz didn’t have himself the best of outings when he took the ice on February 7th for the London Knights. The 2012 2nd round draft pick stopped 17 of 21 shots, and let up the game winner to the Sarnia Sting just :33 seconds into overtime. The loss was not primarily Stolarz fault, however, as three out of the four Sarnia goals came from mistakes on behalf of the Knights’ defensemen. But Stolarz has still played well since joining the team in January, posting a record of 4-0-1 with a GAA of 2.17 in 7 appearances with the team.
In the WHL, Taylor Leier is continuing a solid season for the Portland Winterhawks. Leier added an assist to kick off the scoring in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Hitmen, but the left winger has had a sensational year. He has 20 goals and 18 assists in just 46 games this year, already surpassing his point total for the 2011 season.
You can certainly expect to see most of these players donning a Flyers sweater in the near future.
Flyers Prospect Roundup is a weekly series written by contributor Jake Pavorsky. You can follow him on Twitter @JakePavorsky.