Future Flyers Report: A look at how CHL prospects progressed as regular season ends

Future Flyers Report: A look at how CHL prospects progressed as regular season ends

Before this week begins, it's time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers' prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.

In this week's report, we highlight the Flyers' prospects playing in the Canadian Hockey League as the OHL, QJMHL and WHL regular seasons come to an end. Let's dig in.

Philippe Myers, D, 20, 6-5/209, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
The trajectory Myers' development has taken since the Flyers signed him as an undrafted free agent in September 2015 has been astonishing. For all intents and purposes, the Flyers found themselves another first-round defenseman in Myers. If he would have entered the draft last season, many believe he would have been taken in the first round. This season didn't dispel that notion, either. Myers finished the 2016-17 season -- one mired with a couple concussions, one that cut his world juniors short -- scorching hot. The smooth-skating blueliner picked up a goal and two assists in three games last week, picking up a point in each game. He finished the season on a five-game point streak, compiling nine points during that span. In 34 games with Rouyn-Noranda, Myers reached double-digit goals (10) and picked up 25 assists. The 2-seeded Huskies will face the 15-seeded Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL playoffs, which begin this Friday night.

Pascal Laberge, RW, 18, 6-1/174, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
It has been a trying 2016-17 season for the Flyers' 2016 second-round pick. Last week, the regular season ended with Laberge serving a one-game suspension Friday and picking up a goal in Victoriaville's 5-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday night. Laberge missed time this season because of a concussion and an illness and struggled to regain consistency throughout. He was a victim of a dirty headshot in October that forced him out of the lineup for a while. But Laberge did end his regular season well on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). In 46 games, Laberge had just 12 goals and 32 points, 36 fewer points in 10 fewer games than his total from the 2015-16 campaign. He'll have a chance to continue his recent momentum in the playoffs when the Tigres face Chicoutimi in the first round.

German Rubtsov, C, 18, 6-0/190, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Rubtsov missed the Saguenéens' final six games because of an upper-body injury but the Flyers' 2016 first-round pick is reportedly skating and will be reevaluated this week before Chicoutimi's first-round matchup with Victoriaville in the playoffs. If Rubtsov is unable to suit up in the postseason, his brief stint in the QMJHL was quite an impressive one. He registered 22 points in 16 games -- nine goals, five power-play tallies, and 13 assists. He was held pointless in just three regular-season games and had six multi-point contests.

Samuel Dove-McFalls, C, 19, 6-1/207, Saint John's (QMJHL)
The Flyers' 2015 fourth-round pick finished his 2016-17 season on a tear, picking up three assists in three games last week. Dove-McFalls had points in seven of his last eight games and 12 of the final 15 games of the regular season with five multi-point efforts and 17 points. He finished the season with 17 goals and 53 points in 65 games and a plus-21 rating. Saint John's is the top seed in the playoffs and will face Rimouski on Friday in the first round.

Carter Hart, G, 18, 6-1/181, Everett (WHL)
Another season in which Hart has put himself in the running for the CHL Goaltender of the Year Award, an honor he won last season before the Flyers plucked him in the second round of last June's draft. Hart helped Everett win the U.S. Division last week with three wins. Hart was rewarded with a night off in the season finale Sunday. Hart stopped 26 of 27 shots, 25 of 27 and 25 of 27 in three games last week, respectively. He finished the regular season 32-11-6 with a 1.99 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and nine shutouts. He led the WHL in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Everett will play Victoria in the first round of the WHL playoffs, which begin Friday night as well.

Carsen Twarynski, LW, 19, 6-1/181, Kelowna (WHL)
Twarynski recorded four assists in three games last season as the Rockets ended their regular season with two wins and a loss. He finished the regular season with eight points -- two goals and six assists -- in the final seven games. Overall, Twarynski finished two points shy of his 2015-16 total with 43 points split between Kelowna and Calgary. He was traded from Calgary to the Rockets midseason. He had 22 points in 28 games with the Rockets, and 21 points in 36 games with the Hitmen. Kelowna faces Kamloops in the first round Friday.

Connor Bunnaman, C, 18, 6-0/183, Kitchener (OHL)
Bunnaman registered both of the Rangers' goals in their 3-2 overtime loss to Erie last Friday night. The 2016 fourth-round pick sent the game to overtime with 1:27 left in regulation, when he dove at a rebound and whacked it into the net for his 37th goal of the season. He was held pointless in Kitchener's 7-2 loss to Owen Sound on Saturday night in the regular-season finale. Bunnaman finished the season with 37 goals -- 16 power-play tallies -- and 52 points in 64 games. The Rangers have clinched the sixth seed in the Western Conference and will face either London or Owen Sound in the first round on Friday night.

Anthony Salinitri, C, 19, 5-11/170, Sarnia (OHL)
Salinitri finished his 2016-17 campaign on a roll, picking up three goals in two games last week, seven points in his final five games and 16 points in his final 15 games. Salinitri, a sixth-round pick in last June's NHL draft, potted a goal in Sarnia's 4-2 win over Windsor last Wednesday and netted a pair of goals in the Sting's season finale Friday against Guelph Storm, a 4-2 loss. His first goal Friday was a beautiful snipe from way out. Sarnia, which lost Travis Konecny this season to the Flyers, benefitted from a solid season from Salinitri, who finished the regular season with 28 goals and 30 assists in 66 games. His 58 points were third on Sarnia. The Sting will face off against 1-seed Erie in the first round of the playoffs.

Quick hits
Merrick Madsen led No. 2 Harvard to an ECAC Championship over the weekend with two stellar performances Friday and Saturday nights. Madsen stopped 24 of 25 shots in the Crimson's 4-1 win over No. 18 Quinnipiac on Friday, and 24 of 25 in a 4-1 win over Cornell Saturday in the final. Madsen was named the ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Harvard was awarded a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday and will face Providence Friday.

Tanner Laczynski scored one goal in four Big Ten Tournament games, as No. 13 Ohio State fell to No. 18 Wisconsin, 2-1, in the semifinals last Friday night. With Penn State beating Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, Ohio State clinched a spot in the tournament. The Buckeyes will face No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth Friday in the West Region.

Cooper Marody picked up an assist in Michigan's 4-1 loss to No. 15 Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament. Marody's season is over. He finished his sophomore campaign with five goals and 10 assists in 18 games. He was academically ineligible during the first semester.

Wade Allison did not play as No. 8 Western Michigan was ousted from the NCHC Tournament on Friday night with a 5-2 loss to No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth. Allison was sent to the hospital on March 12 after a collision against Omaha in the quarterfinals. Allison's injury is not believed to be serious and he could play in the NCAA Tournament. WMU is in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and will face off against Air Force on Friday.

Mark Friedman failed to register a point as Bowling Green fell to Minnesota Tech, 3-2, in the WCHA Championship Game Saturday. Friedman finished his junior season with eight goals and 18 assists in 40 games. There's been some chatter he could forgo his senior year.

Anthony Stolarz started one game last week, a 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre Scranton on Saturday in which he turned away 37 of 39 shots, his strongest performance in a while.

• Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon started two of their three games last week, losing twice and yielding nine goals on 100 shots faced. He's started six of Lehigh Valley's last eight games and started three games in a row for the first time since Stolarz returned to the AHL.

Taylor Leier (suspected concussion) returned to the Phantoms' lineup on Saturday night for the first time since Jan. 28. He was pointless and a minus-1 in the Phantoms' 3-2 win.

Oskar Lindblom picked up two assists in Brynäs IF's 6-0 win over Linkoping to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven SHL playoff series. Felix Sandstrom did not start in net.

Flyers-Hurricanes 5 things: Same old song as playoff hopes are all but dead

Flyers-Hurricanes 5 things: Same old song as playoff hopes are all but dead

Hurricanes (30-27-12) at Flyers (32-30-8)
7:30 p.m. on CSN/CSNPhilly.com and NBC Sports App; Pregame Live at 7

The Flyers return home Sunday night to host the Carolina Hurricanes after a lifeless 6-2 loss to the lowly Devils last Thursday night in New Jersey that all but ended the Flyers' playoff hopes.

Let's take a closer look game No. 71 for the orange and black.

1. Same old song
Inconsistency has plagued the Flyers all season long. One night, they look like a playoff team and the next, they turn in a listless effort like they did Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday night's 4-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins was the Flyers' most complete game this season. It was a 60-minutes effort with very few mistakes. They shut down the NHL's highest-scoring team and did so while also generating offense themselves.

Then comes Thursday's game against the Devils in New Jersey, where the Flyers played like they were the team coming in on a 10-game losing streak. They weren't. Nothing went right in N.J. Steve Mason left with cramps. They were blown out by the Eastern Conference's worst team in an embarrassing defeat. If the dagger had already punctured the skin of the Flyers' playoff hopes, the Devils only dug deeper to send the orange and black back to reality.

"The consistency is something we need to address," Mason said Saturday. "We can't go from having one of our best games of the year against Pittsburgh and then come around the next night against Jersey with that kind of outcome and overall team game.
 
"It's something that we continually seem to be talking about. That's what makes good teams and separates them. Consistency on any given night, what kind of effort they have."

Mason is expected to be in net for the Flyers on Sunday. It would be Mason's eighth start in nine games since the Flyers signed Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension.

2. Playing for draft position
Thursday's 6-2 loss in New Jersey unofficially ended the Flyers' playoff chances. They are not officially eliminated from postseason contention but the odds are astronomically high.

The Flyers have a 0.3 percent chance at making the playoffs, according to SportsClubStats.com. With 72 points, the Flyers would have to win all 12 games in order to reach last season's point total, which was enough to earn the East's second wild-card spot last season. Entering Sunday, they're seven points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final spot this year.

Ten of 12 wins would get the Flyers to 92 points, which will not be enough to get in. The magic number to have a realistic shot at the postseason is 11 wins and even then it is still improbable because of tiebreakers. At this point, it'd be better to play for draft position.

At 72 points, the Flyers would be lined up for the ninth pick if the season ended Sunday. Carolina, also with 72 points, could move two points ahead of the Flyers with a win. Big picture, the Flyers are a mediocre team still in a rebuild. With long-term lenses, a higher draft pick this summer would help the cause more than being stuck in the middle of the pack.

However we slice it, this season has been a step back for the Flyers, but it is not the time to panic because they still have kids on the way and it was never about this season anyway.

3. Coming in hot
The Hurricanes come into Sunday's matchup picking up points in their last six games, with a 4-0-2 record and eight of their last 10 games, as they open up a four-game road trip in Philadelphia.

On Saturday night, the 'Canes did away with the Nashville Predators with a 4-2 win thanks to two goals from Jeff Skinner, his fifth multi-goal and sixth multi-point game of the season. Like the Flyers, the Hurricanes are seven points out of a playoff spot. Eddie Lack won his second straight game in net for Carolina against Nashville for his first two-game winning streak as a member of the Hurricanes. Cam Ward is expected to get the starting nod on Sunday night.

This is Carolina's fourth of five meetings with the Flyers. The two teams meet in the season finale on April 9 in Philadelphia. The Hurricanes lost the first two games -- 6-3 in Philadelphia on Oct. 22 and 4-3 in Carolina on Oct. 30 but dominated the orange and black, 5-1, in their last meeting on Jan. 31.

4. Keep an eye on …
Flyers: Let's roll with Brayden Schenn, who tallied his 21st goal of the season Thursday. Schenn has four points in his last three games and enters on a five-game point streak at home. In his last five games at Wells Fargo Center, Schenn has two goals and four assists.

Hurricanes: Elias Lindholm's shorthanded empty-net goal on Saturday night extended his point streak to six games. Lindholm's 29 assists have surpassed his career-high in his fourth season. He had two assists in the Hurricanes' 5-1 win over the Flyers on Jan. 31 but was held scoreless in two other games against the orange and black.

5. This and that
• Claude Giroux extended his point streak to seven games (two goals, four assists) with an assist Thursday. He has a goal and two assists in three games against Carolina this season.

• The Hurricanes are 6-4-3 on the latter half of a back-to-back this season.

• Brandon Manning is expected to return to the lineup Sunday after missing three games with a right shoulder injury. Nick Schultz is expected to sit if Manning can return.

• Skinner's two goals on Saturday moved him ahead of Sami Kapanen on Carolina's career points list since the team moved from Hartford to Raleigh, North Carolina. Skinner now has 315 career points.

Flyers-Devils 5 things: Keeping it going against struggling New Jersey

Flyers-Devils 5 things: Keeping it going against struggling New Jersey

Flyers (32-29-8) at Devils (25-31-12)
7 p.m. on CSN/CSNPhilly.com and NBC Sports App; Pregame Live at 6:30

The Flyers head to Newark, New Jersey, on Thursday night to face off against the Eastern Conference's worst, Devils, at the Prudential Center on the backend of a back-to-back.

Let's take a closer look game No. 70 for the orange and black.

1. Building blocks
On Wednesday night, the Flyers played with a sense of urgency that has been lacking in the last two weeks, and it resulted in an impressive 4-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers welcomed the lethal Penguins to the Wells Fargo Center and shut out the league's highest-scoring team. Sidney Crosby was held in check by the Flyers' top line, Sean Couturier scored his second goal in his last 17 games and fired a career-high eight shots on net, and a new-look power-play unit struck once in four tries. Ivan Provorov played a career-high 27:17, surpassing his previous career-high set two games ago.

"It's the type of effort we needed, every game really," said Steve Mason, who made 23 saves in his third shutout of the season. "That's the type of hockey that dictates how you win hockey games. Tonight was a good game for us to get back in the win column, and it was definitely an effort you can look back on and use it as a building block moving forward."

It was one of the Flyers' strongest 60-minute efforts this season, which is also frustrating because this team has underperformed throughout and that's the reason they are where they are -- desperate for help in their fight to squeak into the playoffs.

Thirteen games remain for the Flyers and if they want their playoff lives to stay on life support, they cannot afford to lose more than four games the rest for the way. They especially can ill afford to lose Thursday night in New Jersey against the Devils.

2. Still breathing
The Flyers' win over the Penguins on Wednesday night helped keep their slim playoff hopes alive by picking up two points against one of the league's elite teams.

Entering Thursday night, the Flyers are now five points behind the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning, both of which have 77 points. The Islanders currently hold the second and final wild-card spot in the East because of tiebreakers. The Flyers, Islanders and Lightning all have 13 games left on the schedule. Toronto, which has 76 points, has a game in hand on all three. To make the playoffs, the Flyers would have to finish with more points than any of the teams ahead of them because of tiebreakers. All four teams have more regulation and overtime wins than the Flyers, which is the first tiebreaker. The Flyers have one game left with the Islanders on March 30 but none with the Maple Leafs and Lightning.

With 13 games left on the schedule and not owning the first tiebreaker with any of the teams they're chasing, the Flyers' playoff chances remain extremely improbable, but the two points gained on Wednesday night keeps them breathing for another day.

3. The Devil wins nada
The Devils have had the Flyers' number this season, outscoring the orange and black, 8-1, in their first two meetings, but those two games were a long time ago. New Jersey has not won in 28 days and enters Thursday on the longest losing streak this season: 10 games.

Going back 12 games, the Devils have just one win. In 20 games since beating the Flyers, 4-1, in Philadelphia on Jan. 21, New Jersey is just 5-12-3. During their current 10-game losing streak, the Devils have lost seven games by just one goal, including its last game, 5-4, to Arizona in which it trailed, 4-0, at one point, so they're not getting blown out in games.

New Jersey's power play is one for its last 12 opportunities, but since Feb. 1, it's striking at a 34.2 percent success rate -- 13 for 38. During its 10-game skid, the PP is six for 21. The Devils' penalty kill, however, has had less success since Feb. 1 and during the skid.

During the 10-game downfall, the Devils' PK is 19 for 26 (73.1 percent), yielding two power-play goals in the 5-4 loss to the Coyotes last Saturday. Since Feb. 1, the Devils' kill is 35 for 45 (77.8 percent). Overall, New Jersey is 19th in the NHL at 80.5 percent.

4. Keep an eye on …
Flyers: Claude Giroux scored a 5-on-5 goal on Wednesday night -- he's allowed to do that -- for his 14th marker of the season. The Flyers' captain enters Thursday's game against Jersey on a five-game point streak. In 69 games, Giroux has 50 points.

Devils: Let's roll with Kyle Palmieri, who has seven goals and 11 points in his last 10 games and two goals in two games this season against the Flyers. Palmieri leads New Jersey with 22 goals, seven power-play tallies and 18 power-play points. He also has seven goals -- three game-winners -- and 11 points in nine career games against the Flyers.

5. This and that
• The Devils' game on Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets was postponed because of snow.

• Cory Schneider is expected to make his 53rd start of the season for the Devils. Schneider is 19-22-10 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season. He pitched a 16-save shutout against the Flyers in a 4-0 win back on Dec. 22.

• Wayne Simmonds scored his 200th career goal in Wednesday's 4-0 shutout win over the Pens. Simmonds now has 29 goals this season, 15 of which have come on the power play.

• Devils center Travis Zajac (39 points) is expected to return to the lineup after missing last Saturday's game to be with his wife for the birth of his third child.

• Jordan Weal (lower body) did not play Wednesday. He's considered day-to-day. Weal likely will not play against the Devils. Brandon Manning also missed Wednesday's game -- his second straight because of an upper-body injury. His status is unknown for Thursday.