Three of the Six Flyers prospects who played collegiate hockey this season have advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals on the road to the Frozen Four. Here's a look at all six players starting with the ones whose seasons will continue into at least this weekend.
Also included are two USHL players committed to playing college hockey starting next season.
Tanner Laczynski (RW, Ohio State, sophomore)
Playing within a very structured Buckeyes system, Laczynski ranked in a tie for 15th in scoring across all NCAA divisions with 43 points (15 goals including five power play tallies, 28 assists) in 38 games. At the collegiate level, he plays on Ohio State's top line and carries the offensive expectations that come with it. He was a plus-16 at even strength this season and his 1.13 points-per-game average (on a team that only had one other player within the top 35 scorers nationally) ranked 19th in NCAA Division 1 hockey.
Last year, as a member of the gold medal winning Team USA squad at the World Junior Championships, Laczynski played a role that would more likely mirror the duties he'd be assigned at the pro level. His emerging two-way abilities and versatility won him a spot over some bigger-name hopefuls the roster, and he played a bottom-six role.
Laczynski's star has risen significantly since the Flyers drafted him out of the USHL (Chicago Steel and Lincoln Stars) in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. The player will celebrate his 21st birthday on June 1.
Flyers fans who want to see Laczynski play in person will have a chance to do so this weekend. The Midwest Regional Semifinals will take place at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA (home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms) on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT, Ohio State (24-9-5) will take on Princeton. The next day, with a trip to the Frozen Four at stake, the winner of this game will take on the winner of Saturday's match between underdog Penn State (18-14-5) and ex-Flyer/Phantom Jim Montgomery's University of Denver (22-9-5) team.