Currently watching an absolutely solid game by the Flyers with an awoken Top Six, and Carter Hart playing like a stud, as if we expected any different. There was some low key moves the Flyers made regarding some minor league players that have gone under the radar, but if you are anything like me you; you absolutely care about where some prospects and players are playing.
To start off my list I want to talk about is Mark Friedman. Friedman was a 2014 86th overall draft pick. He played two solid seasons for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL, putting up 75 points in 115 games. He then played three years for Bowling Green State University, putting up 68 points in 121 games. Recently hes been doing work for our Leigh Valley Phantoms. Hes played about four seasons up in Allentown and has put up 61 points in 185 games. The dip in production doesn’t matter because of the increase in competition. I don’t think he will ever be an All-Star defensemen, but he is solid and right handed so hes extremely valuable. He recently just signed a two year extension, avoiding becoming a restricted free agent. He is also on the bubble roster, currently in Toronto.
Maksim Sushko is the Flyers prospect you never heard about. Unless your an omega fan like Walsh and I. He was drafted back in 2017 in the 4th round 107th overall, and plays the right wing. He played most of his “junior years” in Belarus, in leagues you and I never heard of. He then played for the Owen Sound Attack in the OHL, putting up 143 points in 176. Solid. He made his pro debut for the Phantoms this year putting up 21 points in 53 games. Solid for a first year AHL player, he also avoided the ECHL. Maksim will be playing on loan in the KHL for the Dinamo Minsk in Belarus, until the NHL season can start back up.
If you remember back when the world stopped, the Flyers made a very interesting signing. The Flyers signed 24 year old Linus Sandin to one-year entry level contract. He is currently playing on loan for the HV71 in the SHL in Sweden while waiting for the NHL season to start. He played a really good season for HV71, which is skill equivalent to the AHL here in North America. He has put up 66 points in 143 SHL games, having a break out year with 36 points in 51 games. I think he will be a solid bottom six forward, probably doing some time in Allentown. Linus is the older brother of Maple Leaf defensmen Rasmus Sandin.
This guy is my second favorite on the list of players I wanted to talk about, and that is David Kase. He was drafted by the Flyers back in 2015 128th overall. He signed his three year entry level contract in 2018, then made his AHL debut with the Phantoms. He played most of his time in the Czech20, ELH, SHL, and Czech.1 leagues. His older brother currently plays for the Bruins. I don’t think he will ever be more than a fourth liner in the NHL, but having him on a successful Phantoms with players like Ratcliffe, Strome, Frost, and my next player, is invaluable.
The final player I am going to talk about is German Rubstov, and in my opinion he is a special case. He was drafted in the deep 2016 draft 22nd overall. He hasn’t really had the best career, and honestly had the best showing, I feel like even when he was drafted he was a mid second rounder. He played some time in the MHL (AHL for the KHL), and played 15 games in the KHL, but recorded no points. His best season came in his final year for Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the Q, where he recorded 32 points in 38 games. In 56 games for the Phantoms he has only recorded 23 points, not really first round production. Hes going into the last year of his ELC and is starting the season back in the KHL for HC Sochi. Not the greatest KHL team with a 25-28-9 season before COVID killed hockey worldwide. My worry is that he has been so buried down the depth chart he may want to stay in Russia and join a solid KHL team like Moscow.