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Future Flyers Report: Egor Zamula continues to make a name for himself, Jay O'Brien dominating the BCHL

Future Flyers Report: Egor Zamula continues to make a name for himself, Jay O'Brien dominating the BCHL

Another week of hockey has come and gone, so it's time for another check-in on the Flyers’ prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.

• Things were quiet for defenseman Egor Zamula last week, but he made sure to turn up the volume heading into the next one. 

Zamula added another two goals, giving him an impressive 17 points on the season. He ranks second in points with the Calgary Hitmen and first in assists with 11.

It is also worth noting that Zamula is first among defensemen in plus-minus with a plus-18. This also puts him as fourth-best in the league.

This is a pretty impressive and rather rare sight to see a player who went undrafted find so much success. The Flyers have lucked out in recent years with finding two undrafted defensemen that have quickly made names for themselves — Zamula being one and Philippe Myers the other. If his upside is as great as it's projected to be, talk about another steal and even more depth at the blue line.

Jay O'Brien continues to flourish in the BCHL. In three games with the Penticton Vees this past week, O'Brien tallied six points (three goals, three assists).

In addition to that, he also extended his point streak to eight games. He now has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) through 23 games. Only two other players in the league — Kent Johnson and Michael Colella, who both play for the Trail Smoke Eaters — have more points.

The Vees also announced on Nov. 7 that O'Brien was their first ever player of the month for the month of October.


Quick hits

• It was another weekend of racking up points for Morgan Frost. He had a two-assist night on Saturday and also scored his fifth goal of the season on Sunday. He now has 12 points in 13 games.

It's also important to note the assist on Frost's goal came from Maksim Sushko. It was Sushko's only point of the weekend, but a beauty at that.

Alex Lyon had a solid performance Saturday night when the Phantoms won in overtime against the Hershey Bears, only letting in two goals. Through six games played this season, he is 3-1-2 with a 2.10 GAA and .920 save percentage.

Noah Cates had a pair of goals in as many games this weekend with the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. That gives him four goals thus far in eight games. Funny enough, he and his brother Jackson Cates are tied in first for goals on the team.

• Shifting gears to Western Michigan, Ronnie Attard scored the game-winning goal on Nov. 8. In that game, Wade Allison also tallied an assist. That was Allison's first point since Oct. 12.

Wyatt Wylie had a successful weekend on the road with Everett, collecting three points (one goal, two assists) in a two-game span. He now leads the WHL in power play assists with 10. Wyatt and the Silvertips won both games and they currently lead the U.S. Division with a 13-4-0-0 record.

Felix Sandstrom did not dress for either game this weekend for the Reading Royals. Through six games, he has a .890 save percentage and 2.80 GAA.

Down at defense

• This past Wednesday, while on a conditioning stint with the Phantoms, Samuel Morin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee for the second time in 19 months. He will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

• It's still unknown how long Mark Friedman will be out for the Phantoms after he left Saturday's game in the first period. He was injured directly following a collision against the boards and needed assistance off the ice. The Phantoms also recalled defenseman James De Haas from Reading, which could imply Friedman's injury may keep him out for a significant amount of time.

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Rhys Hoskins ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Jayme Bermudez on Saturday

Rhys Hoskins ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Jayme Bermudez on Saturday

Make way MLB offseason, it's officially wedding season — at least it is for Rhys Hoskins and long-term girlfriend Jayme Bermudez.

Saturday Nov. 9, the two tied the knot in front of family, friends and loved ones at the Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe.

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11.09.19 Cheers to forever, Mrs. Hoskins 🥂

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It was revealed last week that teammate Scott Kingery was in the wedding party with quite the fun post, but it looks like he changed up his attire for the big day.

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Look at us. Hey, look at us #dropitlikeitshos

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And I'm not going to lie, that #DropItLikeItsHos hashtag is now ranked in the top-five most creative weddings tags I've seen.

Of course a congratulations is in order for the newlyweds but there's still one question remaining ... their dog Rookie was the ring bearer so ... where are those pictures? I'll be waiting simply because ... well, who can pass up a dog in a tux?

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Minnesota is officially obsessed with the Rocky steps

Minnesota is officially obsessed with the Rocky steps

What is it with Minnesota and its obsession with the Rocky steps?

You'd think it would've learned by now ... guess not.

In case you don't remember where this originated from, let's throw it back to Jan. 21, 2018.

The day of the NFC Championship Game, when the Vikings wanted to "take over" Philadelphia. I guess their definition of taking over is a really tight camera angle showcasing their 20(ish) fans on the famous art museum steps.

What they wanted us to see:

And what actually happened:

Funny enough, that wasn't even the most embarrassing moment for Minnesota that weekend. Soon after, the Eagles demolished the Vikings and then went on to win the Super Bowl in Vikings' territory. That, I'm sure you remember.

Well, now the Timberwolves are joining in on the Minnesota fun on the Rocky steps. Wait, is fun the right word? Let's substitute that with embarrassment — yeah, that sounds better.

Anyways, check it out:

I know I'm not the only one who thoroughly enjoys when Philadelphia teams beat Minnesota, so let's hope the Sixers do just that on Wednesday night.

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