This week we will look at the Flyers prospects in the NCAA.
After being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 NHL draft, Wade Allison decided to take his talents to the NCAA ranks. That was a decision the Flyers were all for. Now, after an impressive freshman season, Allison has turned himself into a potential Hobey Baker Award finalist as a sophomore. Coming into the weekend, Allison was in the top 5 in goals and total points in the NCAA. And man did he add to those totals.
On Friday, Allison had a primary assist on the Broncos first powerplay goal. However, that was his only point of the night. Allison finished -2 on the night, with 2 shots on goal, in the Broncos 5-2 loss.
On Saturday, Allison took over the game mid-way through the 2nd and scored a natural hat-trick to lead the Broncos to a 4-3 OT victory. His highlight goal coming on a break-away to cap off his second hat-trick of the season.
Wade Allison loves hats!!!
— WMU Hockey (@WMUHockey) December 10, 2017
For the season, Wade Allison has 14 goals and 11 assists through 19 games.
When the Flyers drafted Cooper Marody back in the 6th round of 2015, they knew he was a steal. However, didn’t know he was this big of a steal. After sitting behind Winnipeg Jets draft pick Kyle Conner his freshman year, being academically ineligible for the 1st half of his sophomore season, Marody has become Michigan’s go-to guy. Something the Flyers have been watching very closely about their 6th round pick in 2015.
Not many 6th round draft picks can say they average a career point-per-game in a top junior league like the CHL or the NCAA. However, Marody can and he added more to his impressive resume this week.
On Thursday, Marody had 3 assists, had 4 shots on goal, and was a +3. But, one stat that Marody struggled at was from the face-off dot only going 5 for 12. His highlight of the week was a slick pass on a 2 on 1.
— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) December 8, 2017
On Friday, Marody was held scoreless, just like every Michigan player as they were shutout. Marody improved on his struggles from the night before, going 11 for 18 from the face-off dot.
For the season, Marody has 4 goals and 20 assists through 18 games. Now, for his career at Michigan, Marody has 19 goals and 44 assists in 66 games. Not bad for a 6th round draft pick.
The same situation goes for Tanner Laczynski. Laczynski, a 6th round draft pick in 2016, has been another great choice in the later rounds of the draft by GM Ron Hextall.
Tanner Laczynski bursted onto the scene last season as a freshman at Ohio State. His numbers impressed so much, that he earned an invitation to the US U-20 Camp. Where to many people’s surprise, made the team and helped Team USA to a Gold medal. Now one year later, along side Marody and Allison, Laczynski is also in the top 10 in the NCAA ranks. And continued his great play this weekend.
On Friday, Laczynski scored a powerplay goal in Ohio States 2-1 OT win over Minnesota. But, that wasn’t his best stat. As, he led the team with 7 shots on goal.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) December 9, 2017
On Saturday, Laczynski helped seal the win for Ohio State with a goal and assisted the empty netter. He also was a +3.
For the season, Laczynski has 8 goals and 15 assists through 18 games. Now, for his career at Ohio State, Laczynski has 18 goals and 37 assists through 52 games.
A little surprise to the Flyers draft pool from last season is Wyatt Kalynuk, a 7th round draft pick. Coming into this season, Kalynuk wasn’t supposed to play and was going to redshirt for Wisconsin. However, due to his strong play during training camp, he earned a spot on this year’s roster.
On Friday, Kalynuk had an assist. But, he was also -2 being on the ice for all 3 of Notre Dame’s goals.
On Saturday, Kalynuk had another assist. But, again he was a -2.
For the season, Kalynuk has 1 goal and 14 assists through 21 games. Not bad for a 7th round draft pick.
Next week we will look at the Flyers prospects in Europe.
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