2012 Philadelphia Flyers Summer Prospect Rankings
Criteria: 50 North American professional games or less:
1) Nick Cousins – 5-11, 177 – C – He took a shot off his foot and shook it off like a pro in camp. He has excellent transitional speed and a very fast shot. He played like a pro without the puck. He has a lot of moxy and is a great agitator. He also carries and controls the puck in traffic very well. Sometimes needs to reel in his passes in tight situations.
2) Brandon Manning -6-1, 195 – D – He looked great all camp long. He’s a pro, plain and simple. Could he make the big club? I think so if things break right. He tried to lay a big hit on 6-6, 220 pound Oliver Lauridsen. He fell down but he also got right back up. He’s ready for a bigger challenge. He has a good fast shot.
3) Marcel Noebels – 6-3, 196 – LW – He had 14 points in 11 games for Germany in the U-20 World Junior Championships. He’s very good at holding the puck and can make plays from the corners. He can change the momentum of a game with a sneaky fast and accurate shot and he can pick your pocket on defense.
4) Scott Laughton – 6-0, 170 – C –He isn’t the kind of player who will “wow” you in practice. He practices hard he’s just not flashy. He has a game speed to his skating. He also has game strength. He looks skinny but he was able to handle anybody out on the ice including Chris Williams who is 6-2, 215! He has to work on his face-off strength; his technique is good, just lacking some extra oomph there. He controls the puck very well along the wall and he has good drive to the net.
5) Fredric Larsson – 6-3, 172 – D – This Swede is certainly slight of frame and even sustained a concussion in camp but he has really good stick and puck skills and his skating is very good. He’s quick to loose pucks but I don’t expect him to produce much offense.
6) Shayne Gostisbehere – 5-11, 160 - D- He’s a terrific skater and good puck mover. He’s a hard worker on and off the ice and he helped lead Union to a Frozen Four berth last season. He has a solid point shot, made for the power play, and he took his first steps at the hockey rink. His lack of size could hold him back in the future.
7) Anthony Stolarz – 6-5, 200 – G –He looked very comfortable out on the ice. He moves very well. He was solid. He’s very good up and down, he clears the puck well, and his kick saves to teammates are excellent. He needs to read and react better. I think he’ll have a similar career path to fellow goaltender Cal Heeter but he has a lot more upside.
8) Andrew Johnston – 6-1, 178 – LW – He’s a good skater and he has a scoring touch. He’s put up big numbers against pretty average to below average competition. He should be starting the season in Adirondack.
9) Niko Hovinen – 6-6, 216 – G - He’s a sturdy 216 pounds. He’s not too skinny and he covers the post well and reads plays well. He stays pretty far back in the net not giving shooters a lot to shoot at. He can be aggressive at times, his stick control is good and he has BIG pads which give him an edge when a shooter comes in close, they seem to swallow up the puck. He uses his stick flat on the ice at times to block shots which you are starting to see more of, he’s fast up and down, and he has good overall body positioning.
10) Petr Placek – 6-4, 215 –W - This big winger has a terrific snap shot and good stick and puck skills. He was the 176th overall pick and he came out of the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. He is a long-term guy with lots of upside. He’s added some bulk since last year but he had an injury-laded season that saw him play just 16 games registering one point with Harvard.
photo of Petr Placek