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by @NHLFlyers

With the month of October wrapping up, the following is a brief overview of how the Philadelphia Flyers' prospects in Canadian major junior hockey, European professional and junior leagues and in NCAA collegiate hockey have fared to date. The European seasons start and end earlier than their North American counterparts, which is why the Euro prospects have more games played to date.

CHL (Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League)

Connor Bunnaman (C/LW, Kitchener Rangers, OHL): After dressing in all 68 regular season games for his Kitchener team last season, Bunnaman has appeared in 11 of 13 games to date this season. Known for playing a "heavy" game on the forecheck and the walls, Bunnaman has shown offensive growth as well this season. He had a streak of seven goals in nine games and was moved up in the lineup to the top six. Overall, Bunnaman has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in as many games, although he was held without a point in the last two games.

Samuel Dove-McFalls (C, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL): The gritty forward, who missed much of last season with a knee injury, is healthy this season. He has started 13 of 15 games for Saint John. Dove-McFalls has posted seven points (three goals, four assists), and has played both ends of special teams. At the dot, he's won a robust 55.7 percent of the 174 faceoffs he's taken to date.

Carter Hart (G, Everett Silvertips, WHL): Signed by the Flyers to an entry-level contract on Oct. 2, the 18-year-old has rapidly continued his emergence as one of the top goaltenders in any of the CHL leagues. Through his first 12 starts of the WHL regular season, Hart leads the league in goals against average (1.97) and his .923 save percentage is sixth in the circuit. The 6-foot-1 goaltender has posted an 8-2-1 record and one shutout. Hart was named to Team WHL for the upcoming Super Series against Team Russia.

Pascal Laberge (RW, Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL): The Flyers' 2016 second-round pick (36th overall) remains sidelined with an injury after a vicious high hit from Moncton Wildcats defenseman Zachary Malatesta on Oct. 15. Malatesta received a seven-game suspension. Laberge had posted two goals and four points in six games prior to getting injured in the first period of the Moncton game. Laberge reports feeling progressively better, but there is no timetable for his return. Laberge was nevertheless named to the Team QMJHL roster for the upcoming Super Series against Russia.

Philippe Myers (D, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, QMJHL): A revelation last season and a promising young defenseman who had a generally strong training camp and preseason run with the Flyers, Myers started his QMJHL season with three goals, four points and a plus-seven rating in six games before sustaining a an injury. He is currently sidelined. As with Pascal Laberge, Myers was named to Team MJHL for the upcoming Super Series against Russia.

Anthony Salinitri (C, Sarnia Sting, OHL): Already known for his high-energy competitive style, Salintri has been an unexpected offensive revelation for the Sting thus far. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound center has progressed to where he's been playing in all game situations. The 18-year-old has collected 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his first 13 games including a shorthanded goal and four power play assists. He carried an eight-game point streak through his team's October 30 game against the North Bay Battallion, in which Salintri notched a goal and an assist in a 6-4 loss. On October 20, Salinitri collected a hat trick in Sarnia's 6-1 blowout of the Peterborough Petes.

Carsen Twarynski (LW, Calgary Hitmen, WHL): The physical two-way winger doubled his season goal total with a two-goal effort, including the game-winner, in Calgary's 5-2 road win on Oct. 28 against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Overall, Twarysnki has four points (all goals) and 20 penalty minutes in nine games.


David Bernhardt (D, Djurgårdens IF Stockholm, SHL): The offensive-minded 18-year-old defenseman has some work to do in continuing to develop and polish his overall game but his skills with the puck have stood out. Bernhardt has posted three points (one goal, two assists) in eight games with the DIF senior team in Sweden's top pro league. In nine games with Djurgården J20 in the highest junior league, Bernhardt racked up 12 points (four goals, eight assists) and a whopping 46 shots on goal.

Ivan Fedotov (G, Toros Neftekamsk, VHL): The 19-year-old goaltender, who attended the Flyers' Development Camp in July, has moved up from the junior (MHL) level to the pro level. The 6-foot-7 netminder is on the roster of Toros Neftekamsk in the VHL, which is to the Kontinental Hockey League roughly what the American Hockey League is to the NHL. The bad news for Fedotov, who turns 20 on Nov. 28, is that he has yet to appear in a game for Toros. Pavel Khomchenko is the team's undisputed starter in goal.

Linus Högberg (D, Växjö Lakers HC, SHL): The smooth-skating 18-year-old defenseman has started 13 of 14 games this season for the Växjö senior club in the SHL. His ice time has been issued sparingly but the fact that he's dressing for games at the top level is a promising sign in and of itself. Högberg has also appeared in five games for the Växjö J20 team, collecting four assists.

David Kase (RW, Pirati Chomutov, Czech Extraliga): Kase's role has expanded this season and his production has correspondingly increased with it. In 14 games played, heading into his Pirates team's Sunday game against HC Litvinov, the 19-year-old forward produced seven points (three goals, four assists). 

Oskar Lindblom (LW, Brynäs IF Gävle, SHL): Thus far in the 2016-17 season, Lindblom has taken his game to the next level. While maintaining a strong commitment to two-way hockey, Lindblom also ranks second in scoring in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the club's first 14 games. Even more impressively, the 20-year-old has done so in primarily a third-line role at even strength.

German Rubtsov (C, Russkie Vityazi Chekhov, MHL): As is typical for teenage players in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the Flyers 2016 first-round pick received limited ice time in eight games for KHL parent team Vityaz Chekhov, playing an average 6:25 and 10.4 shifts per game. He was also set back by an early-season foot injury. Since being assigned to Vityaz's junior team in the under-20 MHL league, the Russian Knights of Chekhov (Russkie Vityazi Chekhov), Rubtsov has regained his form and has compiled 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 14 games played to date. He is expected to represent Russia in the upcoming Super Series against teams of Canadian players representing the three CHL leagues.

Felix Sandström (G, Brynäs IF Gävle, SHL): The Flyers' 2015 third-round pick has split goaltending duties with veteran David Rautio, with Sandström appearing in six of the team's 14 games to date. While somewhat inconsistent, the 19-year-old Sandström has played better than his .882 save percentage would suggest. Sandström has had several games where has not seen many shots overall but faced high-quality scoring chances, which can be a recipe for an unimpressive save percentage in a small sampling of games. Overall, Sandström has won four his six appearances, while Rautio has won four of eight.

Mikhail Vorobyov (C, Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL): After receiving very sparing ice time last season, Vorobyov has moved up a line in the Salavat Yulaev rotation. In an average 11:17 of ice time and 15.2 shifts, he has responded with three goals, nine points and a plus-five rating in 24 games; quite respectable totals in that league for a 19-year-old player in his role. His skating continues to improve.


Wade Allison (R, Western Michigan University, NCHC): The freshman power forward, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Oct. 14, could scarcely have hoped for a better start to his collegiate career. He was named the Bauer NCHC Rookie of the Week after a four-point weekend (two goals, two assists) on October 14. Although Allison was held pointless in back-to-back losses at Denver, he is tied for second on Western Michigan in scoring with five points (three goals, two assists) in his first six collegiate games.

Terrance Amorosa (D, Clarkson University, ECAC): A reportedly minor injury has sidelined the junior defenseman for the Golden Knights' first six games of the regular season. As a sophomore, he led all Clarkson defensemen in points per-game average with his 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 27 games.

David Drake (D, University of Connecticut, Hockey East): The junior defenseman is currently sidelined indefinitely with a shoulder injury suffered in UConn's 5-2 loss to Quinnipiac on October 19. Named an alternate captain this season, the 6-foot-4 Drake is generally regarded as primarily a defensive-minded blueliner but had a two-point game (one goal, one assist) against Colgate on October 14. He appeared in five games overall prior to the injury.

Mark Friedman (D, Bowling Green University, WCHA): Now in his junior year, the puck-moving defenseman has been one of Bowling Green's best players this season. Offensively, he has posted five points (three goals, two assists) in seven games. Defensively, Friedman logs heavy ice time for his team and plays both ends of special teams. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound blueliner turns 21 years old on December 25.

Merrick Madsen (G, Harvard University, ECAC): In the early going of his junior season, the Harvard goalie has seemingly picked up where he left off in his breakthrough sophomore campaign for the Crimson. The 6-foot-5 netminder, who turned 21 on August 22, has won both of his first two starts of the campaign for Ted Donato's team, including a 23-save shutout against Arizona State in the regular season opener. Harvard plays Colgate on November 4 and Cornell the next night.

Tanner Laczynski (RW, Ohio State University, Big-10): After earning a spot for Team USA at the World Junior Championship evaluation camp in Plymouth, Michigan in August - beating out some more highly touted names, the 19-year-old Laczynski has enjoyed an excellent start to his collegiate career. Through his first seven games, the top-line right winger leads his team with 11 points (three goals, eight assists). In his most recent outing on October 29, Laczynski produced a three-point game with one goal and a pair of assists while generating seven shots on goal in Ohio State's 6-2 win over Niagara.

Cooper Marody (C/RW, University of Michigan, Big-10): The National Collegiate Athletic Association declared Marody academically ineligible to play during the collegiate fall semester. The 19-year-old forward reportedly ran into scholastic trouble with one class after a bout with mono in January. As a freshman last season, Marody posted 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 32 games. The soonest that Marody could be reinstated to play for Michigan is on December 29 for the start of the two-day Great Lakes Invitational.

Matej Tomek (G, University of North Dakota, NCHC): A highly sought recruit heading into last season, injuries and the spectacular season enjoyed by Cameron Johnson en route to UND winning the national championship resulted in the athletically talented Slovakian goaltender not appearing in a single game in 2015-16. With Johnson, a junior, still entrenched as the UND starter, the 6-foot-3 Tomek also has yet to play in his sophomore season. Tomek turned 19 on May 24.

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