We continue our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects currently playing in the AHL, overseas or at the junior and college levels.
In this week’s report, we’ll start with a winger who is absolutely tearing up the QMJHL.
Let’s get to it!
Nicolas Aube-Kubel, C/RW, Val-d'Or Foreurs
Aube-Kubel is playing like a man possessed. The 2014 second-round pick potted a goal and seven assists to help Val-d'Or skate away with three easy victories last week. That's not all. The 19-year-old currently has eight markers and 12 helpers during his nine-game point streak. Seriously. He's been one of the Foreurs' most consistent forwards all year long, tallying 17 goals, 19 assists and a plus-22 rating in 25 games. His speed and hand/eye coordination are his biggest strengths and he's using them to his advantage as of late.
Anthony Stolarz, G, Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Stolarz is putting together a special season. The 21-year-old netminder made 27 saves in a 3-1 win over Utica on Wednesday, allowed just one goal on 36 shots in Friday's 3-1 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and deserved a much better fate after turning aside 42 of the 44 shots fired his way in a 2-1 loss to Hershey on Saturday. He currently ranks third in the AHL in goals-against average (1.84) and is tied with two other goalies for the league-lead in save percentage (.938). There's no arguing it, Stolarz has been Lehigh Valley's most valuable player so far in 2015-16. He hasn't surrendered more than three goals in a single start and has consistently given the Phantoms a chance to win games. The crease belongs to him now.
Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon Wheat Kings
Provorov was a monster all week long for Brandon. The 18-year-old defenseman had a goal and an assist in an 8-0 rout of Swift Current, was a plus-1 in a 2-1 loss to Regina and then picked up an assist and was on the ice for four of his team's goals in Saturday's 5-3 win over Saskatoon. Provorov, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft, has six goals, 19 assists and a plus-23 rating in 28 games for the Wheat Kings in 2015-16.
Travis Konecny, C/RW, Ottawa 67's
After Konecny was held without a point in back-to-back games, you just knew he was going to come out fired up on Sunday. He registered three assists but they weren't enough to help the 67's overcome Sarnia in a 5-4 loss. Konecny has an incredible 37 helpers and 43 points in 28 games for Ottawa but goals haven't been easy to come by. It's certainly not from a lack of effort. Konecny fired 13 shots on goal in three contests last week. The kid just oozes confidence and nothing seems to rattle him out on the ice. He's a natural playmaker and a fun player to keep an eye on. I have no doubt more goals will come.
Sam Morin, D, Lehigh Valley Phantoms
The 6-foot-7, 227-pound defenseman is settling in nicely in Allentown. Morin is doing everything the coaching staff has asked of him. He's been physical but not reckless, active with his stick and reliable in all three zones. The 20-year-old is even starting to chip in some offense. He recorded two assists and five shots on goal in three games last week. Great stuff.
Travis Sanheim, D, Calgary Hitmen
Call him the dish master. Sanheim put up four assists for Calgary last week. The 2014 first-round pick has been strong in all aspects of the game since returning from an upper-body injury a few weeks ago. He has seven goals and 21 assists in 22 games so far this season.
Mark Friedman, D, Bowling Green Falcons
Friedman, a third-round pick in 2014, had his five-game point streak snapped in a 2-2 tie with Minnesota State on Friday. He did, however, bounce back with an assist in another 2-2 draw with the Mavericks on Saturday. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound blueliner has two goals and six assists in his last seven outings for Bowling Green, which is 9-3-5 to start the season. In 17 total games, Friedman has 10 points, 46 shots on goal and 31 blocks.
Nick Cousins, C, Lehigh Valley Phantoms
In his first game back with the Phantoms after a brief stint in the NHL, Cousins scored his club's lone marker in Saturday's loss to Hershey. Nice to see him respond to his demotion positively. Despite appearing in just 16 contests in the AHL this season, Cousins leads Lehigh Valley in scoring with 19 points.
Merrick Madsen, G, Harvard Crimson
If someone scores on Madsen, they should probably keep the puck because the 20-year-old netminder has been virtually unbeatable in 2015-16. The 2013 sixth-round pick had a so-so game in Friday's draw with Union, making just 25 saves on 29 shots, but rebounded with his fourth shutout of the season in a 0-0 tie with Rensselaer on Saturday. Madsen hasn't lost yet in sophomore campaign. He's 5-0-2 with a .966 save percentage and 0.98 goals-against average in his seven starts for Harvard. In over 429 minutes, he's been beaten just seven times on 198 attempts. Scary good.
Radel Fazleev, LW, Calgary Hitmen
The 19-year-old just continues to make things happen for the Hitmen. Fazleev, a sixth-round pick in 2014, collected three assists in three games last week and now has 38 points in 31 games this season.
Mikhail Vorobyov, C, Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Vorobyov has been used sparingly during his time with Salavat Yulaev Ufa but he finally found his way onto the scoresheet last week. He scored his first-ever KHL goal and added an assist in his club’s win over HC Sochi. The 18-year-old pivot also won 11 of his 18 faceoffs in just 8:06 of total ice time.
Philippe Myers, D, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
After an unexpected offensive outburst to start 2015-16, Myers has gone back to playing a key shutdown role on defense for Rouyn-Noranda. He helped his junior club to three victories last week and picked up an assist in the process. In 29 games for the Huskies, Myers has eight goals, 11 assists and a plus-24 rating.
Felix Sandstrom, G, Sweden Brynäs IF
Sandstrom made just one start last week and it wasn’t his finest performance. He allowed four goals on 28 shots in a 4-1 loss to Djurgården Hockey. The 18-year-old is 5-4-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average and .899 save percentage for Bryäs IF.
Fellow Flyers prospect Oskar Lindblom also plays for the Swedish club. He’s currently mired in a four-game pointless drought.
Cooper Marody, C/RW, University of Michigan Wolverines
The freshman forward earned an assist in Michigan's 6-4 win over Wisconsin on Friday but was held pointless in a 6-6 tie in the rematch on Saturday. Marody, a sixth-round pick last summer, has seven goals, six assists and 30 shots on target in 13 games for the Wolverines this season.
Petr Straka, LW, Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Since recording a goal in six consecutive games, Straka has gone ice cold. The 23-year-old has been held off the scoresheet in five of his last six games and hasn’t generated any offense at all. In three appearances last week, he managed just two shots on goal. Frustration may be setting in, too. In the last month, he's seen Cousins, Taylor Leier, who scored his second goal since his demotion last week, and Colin McDonald all receive call-ups ahead of him. The Plzen, Czech Republic native needs to get back to playing the simple game that's helped him already tie his mark for goals from a season ago. Flyers GM Ron Hextall wants to see consistency out of Straka. Right now he's not getting it.
David Drake, D, University of Connecticut
Drake, a seventh-round pick in 2013, picked up a pair of assists during Connecticut's home-and-home series sweep of UMass-Lowell over the weekend. The 20-year-old sophomore is more of a stay-at-home defenseman but does handle the puck well.