Right after prized-prospect Ivan Provorov advanced to the WHL finals, Philadelphia Flyers dark horse prospect Philippe Myers advances to the QMJHL finals.
Most Philadelphia Flyers fans know the name Ivan Provorov. Provorov was the Flyers top choice in last year’s NHL draft, and had a spectacular season in the WHL. Last week, his team advanced to the WHL playoff finals.
Fellow Flyers defense prospect Philippe Myers will join him playing for a junior hockey championship, but over in the QMJHL. Last night, Myers’ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies beat the Moncton Wildcats 5-4 in game 6 of their series, sending the Huskies to the finals.
Although Myers’ and Provorov both find themselves as Philadelphia Flyers prospects playing for junior hockey championships, their path to this point has been very different. While Provorov was a top-10 pick in the 2015 NHL draft, Myers went unselected in the draft.
The Flyers signed Myers after the draft to an entry level contract in September. It was a signing without much fanfare, with Myers coming off a season in which he scored only 8 points in 60 games.
Other than his pro caliber size (6’5″) and good skating ability, Myers pro prospects appeared slim. Nonetheless, the Flyers gave Myers an amateur tryout invitation, and coach Dave Hakstol said he earned a contract the old fashioned way.
Clearly Hakstol was on to something. Myers has taken major strides this season, sending him shooting up the Flyers prospect ranks. Myers production this season exploded from 8 points in 2014-15, to 45 points in 2015-16. Myers furthermore led his team with an impressive +52 rating in the regular season.
During this playoff run, Myers has added 11 points in 15 playoff games, along with a +14 rating.
Myers’ emergence adds to the Philadelphia Flyers’ embarrassment of riches of defense prospects. What set Myers apart is his size (although Sam Morin still has him beat there), but also that he is the only prominent Flyers defense prospect who shoots right-handed. The Flyers have long had a shortage of right-handed defensemen, and Radko Gudas was the only such defenseman on the Flyers’ roster this season.
The QMJHL finals series between Rouyn-Noranda and the Shawinigan Cataractes begins on Wednesday night.
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