Philadelphia Flyers prospect Taylor Leier has been named the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week. The 5’11″ left winger who was drafted 117th (4th round) overall in 2012 is having a stellar season and had a phenomenal week. In four games this week, Leier recorded four goals and six assists for 10 points. Among those four games, he had two separate four-point games (2/10 vs. Cougars and 2/14 vs. Blazers).
Leier currently sits 22nd in the WHL in scoring with 65 points (31 G, 34 A) in 49 games. His year has been solid from the start. In early September, the 9th to be exact, Leier signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers worth $853,500 AAV. Later that day Leier scored the lone goal in the annual Flyers vs Capitals rookie game to seal the win for the Flyers’ rookies. Later that month, having been sent back to juniors, he was named the captain of his junior team, the Portland Winterhawks. Then, in December/January Leier was given the privilege of joining Team Canada at the prestigious World Junior Championships.
Leier turned 20 years old this past Saturday. He is still young and may still be a year or two away from playing on the big club in Philadelphia. However, he is now old enough to join Adirondack at the end of the season and to play for them next season. I do not want to write off Taylor Leier for the Flyers next season, but he will likely need seasoning in the AHL to adjust his lack of size to the pro game. Either way, the thought of having a skilled winger like Leier in the Flyers system is exciting.
Congratulations Taylor! Can’t wait to see you in Orange and Black!
The Flyers have a good prospect in Taylor Leier who should be making his way up to the NHL soon after being named WHL Player of the Week. In the mean time if you want to see your hometown team play, Flyers tickets are available here.