There is no denying the Philadelphia Flyers are loading up the farm system with hidden gems. The likes of Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Samuel Morin, Robert Hagg all made their NHL debuts for the big club last season. Throw into the mix second year defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and this team looks built for the future. Who else is down on the farm that we have not mentioned? Add Philippe Myers to the ever growing list of young prospects.
Philippe Myers was born January 25, 1997 in Moncton, NB, CAN. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Flyers on September 21, 2015. It was a three-year, Entry-Level contract worth $1.908 million. I was fortunate enough to recently have a phone interview with Myers, and he seems more than ready to showcase his skills for the Flyers this coming season. Listed below is the interview in full detail. This kid is a hidden gem.
1. How did it feel to sign an NHL contract with the Flyers in 2015? How does it feel to be a member of the Flyers organization?
“Signing with the Flyers was an absolute humbling experience. It was the best feeling in the world. To put in all that hard work, and finally it pay off..(Sighing in relief with emotion) I just couldn’t be happier. I’m forever grateful for the Flyers. I will do my best to prove they made the right choice, and I want to show the fans I can do this.”
2. For Flyers fans who may not know you. What part of your game have you improved the most?
“My skating. I have become a faster skater. I have become more sound offensively, as well as, defensively. Just my overall game is better I believe. I’m hoping to create something for the future, that the Flyers and fans will enjoy.”
3. Do you have any rituals or beliefs that you do on game day or the day before a game for the matter?
“I have no rituals away from the ice. Before the game I always talk to my family. My family is everything. I wouldn’t have gotten to this point without them. I call them everyday to make sure their ok. Family means everything to me. I love them very much. I have no brothers or sisters (Laughing).”
4. What is one of your goals when you are able to join the Flyers full-time?
“First off I’m happy to be a part of this franchise. I take nothing for granted. Honestly, I want to win a Stanley Cup one day. We have a good group of prospects in the system coming up. I just want to make an impact as much as I can. Who knows what could happen. I just want to win a Stanley Cup.”
5. How has your year gone for you in your words? The reason I ask is because you had a stellar season with 35 points in 34 games played.
“Coming back from a concussion I just wanted to make an impact. I felt as though I may have done that. I’ve gotten better coming back from that injury, so it makes me happy about that. My skating has gotten better, and my playing ability I believe has gotten better.”
6. What is your favorite food?
“Man oh man (Laughing and Giggling) Now were talking. I love Steak over rice.”
7. How would you describe yourself to Flyers fans?
“I’m a good skater, a hard worker, and I never stop. I want to get better, and I want to become the best player I can be by going to the gym on a daily basis. I want to become a dependable defenseman in the NHL. I’ve been given this opportunity, and I want to make the best of it.”
This young phenom will hopefully become a mainstay NHL defenseman. He appears to be on the right path for stardom, and I can’t thank Philippe Myers enough for allowing me to interview him.
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