Samuel Morin

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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Flyers' Samuel Morin suffers second torn ACL

Flyers' Samuel Morin suffers second torn ACL

Samuel Morin will have to fight his way back all over again after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee for the second time in 19 months.

The 24-year-old defenseman was with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley on a conditioning stint and sustained the injury Wednesday night during the Phantoms' 4-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Morin, a 2013 first-round draft pick, played five games with the Flyers last season following an arduous recovery from an ACL tear in May 2018. He played one game this season and will miss the remainder of 2019-20.

“I saw Sam before the game," head coach Alain Vigneault said after the Flyers' 3-2 OT win Thursday night over the Canadiens. "There’s no doubt that we all feel for him. There’s a kid that spent the whole summer here trying to get himself back to playing. He accepts to go to the minors to play some games. I guess on a nothing play he heard his knee pop. Very unfortunate. Hopefully he’ll want to put himself through again all that yearlong rehab and get himself another chance to play.”

The 6-foot-6 Morin is in the second year of a three-year, $2.1 million deal. He has a cap hit of $700,000 and can become a restricted free agent after next season.

Morin will likely be put on long-term injured reserve, giving the Flyers seven defensemen on the roster. Philippe Myers is playing well and Robert Hagg has been the extra blueliner.

The Flyers can move forward with seven defensemen. If or when Morin goes on LTIR, a roster spot will open. Scott Laughton is also on LTIR and expected back near the end of the month.

 

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Flyers rolled by Islanders, but let's not panic about Carter Hart

Flyers rolled by Islanders, but let's not panic about Carter Hart

BOX SCORE

The Islanders yanked the Flyers back to earth.

And the Flyers had to yank Carter Hart again.

New York, which can beat you up and wear you down with its physical, forechecking style, handed the Flyers a 5-3 loss Sunday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Flyers (5-4-1) had their three-game winning streak halted, while Barry Trotz's Islanders (8-3-0) are now winners of seven in a row.

• Let's not freak out about Hart.

Sure, the numbers are not pretty. The 21-year-old has a 5.92 goals-against average over his last three games, two in which he was pulled during the second period. He has allowed 12 goals on 43 shots in that stretch after making 75 saves on 80 shots through his first three games.

But he's only 21. He was playing his first professional games in the AHL at this time last season. He didn't start well with the Phantoms, either, and then turned it on with the Flyers.

Hart's last game was Oct. 19 and he saw only 15 shots. He hasn't seen a ton of action, so he's struggling to find a rhythm. The Flyers were also playing the NHL's hottest team Sunday night.

As bright as his future is, Hart deserves some patience, too.

• Samuel Morin hadn't played an NHL regular-season game since April 6 and looked like it Sunday night.

The 6-foot-6 defenseman was exposed by Mathew Barzal on the Islanders' fifth goal. Shayne Gostisbehere misplayed the goal, as well.

After being a healthy scratch for the first nine games of the season, Morin entered the lineup for Robert Hagg. It's hard to simulate game action no matter how diligently you practice. Morin had a rough season debut and expect Hagg to be back in Tuesday against the Penguins.

• Morin wasn't the only one of the Flyers' defensemen to have a night to forget.

Gostisbehere was not sharp and has three points through 10 games. It looks like he's trying to do too much, which can wear on a player's confidence. During his career 2017-18 season, Gostisbehere had 12 points in his first 10 games.

Travis Sanheim had a pretty assist on the game-opening goal but struggled, as well. On one sequence, the 23-year-old was easily pushed off the puck, which led directly to Ross Johnston's 3-1 goal in the first period.

The Flyers' blueliners, which had been pretty good during the three-game winning streak, took this one on the chin.

• The Flyers were outplayed during the first period.

The Islanders were quicker and tougher on pucks. Fortunately for the Flyers, they received a late goal from Travis Konecny that kept them afloat and down only 3-2 at first intermission.

But it took New York only six minutes into the second period to seize complete control of the game.

The start, though, was just as impactful. The Flyers have been outscored 11-8 in the first period through 10 games. They haven't given games away but they haven't jumped on teams, either.

• The Flyers received first-period goals from Konecny and Jakub Voracek but couldn't generate much the rest of the way. Claude Giroux scored a goal in the final three minutes of regulation off a nice pass from James van Riemsdyk and then the Flyers emptied their net, but it wasn't enough.

• Next up for the Flyers is their first matchup with the Penguins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

The big question: Who starts in net?

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