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Prospect Profile: Philippe Myers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Philippe Myers went through all seven rounds of the NHL Draft this past summer untouched.

The 6-5, 196-pound defenseman came in, with still a few years eligibility of junior hockey, on a try-out with the Flyers in early September and made an impression on management as well as the coaches, who have a lot of young talent on the blueline to look at these days.

“He came in and he earned it –- that’s the old-fashioned way,” said coach Dave Hakstol to CSNPhilly.com during training camp. “It caps off a pretty impressive week for the young man.”

For his efforts, Myers officially signed his first professional contract on Sept. 21.

Since that point, Myers has gone back to Rouyn-Noranda and has made leaps and bounds in his development, particularly in his offensive game and instincts to be able to jump into the play as it develops. It took him just 11 games to surpass his previous career high in two seasons of junior hockey by recording five goals and four assists for nine points, compared to eight points in 60 games all of last season.

“I think he’s made a lot of progress if you go back one year from now,” said Kjell Samuelsson, player development coach for the Flyers who travels and watches the prospects throughout the year. “He’s just playing with confidence, he’s gotten stronger and getting trust from the coaches. So he’s really used that to his advantage. He’s hanging on to the puck and knows where the puck is going and is moving up into the play. A year ago, he was a little bit shy in that regard.” 

His hot start to the season included a six-game point streak, as well as a stretch where he recorded points in nine of 10 games to be among the leading d-men in the QMJHL early on.

Myers even got an invite and appeared in both games for the QMJHL team in the Canada-Russia series in early November.

Overall, Myers has nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points through 31 games, but its another number that has been a big improvement - he has a plus-minus rating of +24, which ranks tied for fifth in the entire league and is second among all QMJHL defensemen, behind only his teammate Jeremy Lauzon. His +24 rating is a +38 differential compared to last season which he finished a -10.

“I expect him to be a lot better without the puck in battles,” added Samuelsson with regards to his development. “He needs to get a little bit stronger and in the game he needs to be a good defender because with the pluses he has with the puck, he needs to be able to get the puck back.” 

Unless Myers cracks the Flyers lineup next season, he misses the cut off of turning pro in 2016-17 by virtue of turning 20 years of age in January of 2017, which means he will still be eligible to play in junior and have the opportunity to develop his skills in the American Hockey League.

 For now, Myers is focused on capturing the Presidents Trophy as QMJHL Champions and a possible berth in the prestigious Memorial Cup tournament. With Rouyn Noranda’s record at a league best 26-3-3-1 and a .844 winning percentage, Myers and the Huskies could very well be on their way.

For more on Flyers prospects playing in the NCAA, junior and European hockey leagues see below…

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. AGE HOMETOWN DRAFT 2015-16 TEAM GP G A P
Nicolas Aube-Kubel RW 5'11" 200 19 Slave Lake. Alberta 2014 Val d'Or (QMJHL) 27 18 22 40
Samuel Dove-McFalls
*Injured
LW 6'2" 197 18 Montreal, Quebec 2015 Saint John (QMJHL) 5 1 2 3
Radel Fazleev C 6'0" 194 19 Kazan, Russia 2014 Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 33 14 28 42
Travis Konecny RW 5'10" 177 18 London, Ontario 2015 Ottawa 67's (OHL) 29 7 38 45
Philippe Myers D 6'5" 196 18 Dieppe, New Brunswick Undrafted Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) 31 9 13 22
Ivan Provorov D 6'0" 201 18 Yaroslavl, Russia 2015 Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 30 7 21 28
Travis Sanheim D 6'3" 198 19 Elkhorn, Manitoba 2014 Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 24 8 23 31

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. AGE HOMETOWN DRAFT 2015-16 TEAM GP G A P
Terrance Amorosa
*Injured
D 6'1" 185 20 Kirkland, Quebec 2013 Clarkson University 4 1 3 4
David Drake D 6'3" 185 20 Naperville, Illinois 2013 University of Connecticut 16 0 4 4
Mark Friedman D 5'11" 185 19 Toronto, Ontario 2014 Bowling Green State University 19 3 9 12
Cooper Marody RW 6'0" 177 18 Brighton, Michigan 2015 Michigan University 15 7 6 13
Reece Willcox D 6'4" 204 21 Surrey, British Columbia 2012 Cornell University 11 1 5 6

EUROPE

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. AGE HOMETOWN DRAFT 2015-16 TEAM GP G A P
David Kase C 5'11" 164 18 Kadan, Czech Republic 2015 Liga (WSM) 13 6 4 10
Oskar Lindblom F 6'1" 192 19 Gavle, Sweden 2014 Brynas (SweHL) 27 5 13 18
Mikhail Vorobyov C 6'2" 194 18 Ufa, Russia 2015 Toplar (MHL) 18 5 15 20

GOALTENDERS

GOALTENDER HT. WT. AGE HOMETOWN 2015-16 TEAM
GP W L OT SO GAA SV%
Ivan Fedotov 6'6" 192 18 St. Petersburg, Russia Reaktor (MHL) 17 11 4 2 0 1.98 .918
Merrick Madsen 6'4" 177 20 Preston, Indiana Harvard University 7 5 0 2 4 0.98 .966
Felix Sandstrom 6'2" 196 18 Gavle, Sweden Brynas (SweHL) 11 6 4 1 0 2.88 .905
Matej Tomek
*Injured
6'3" 180 18 Bratislava, Slovakia North Dakota University - - - - - - -
*All stats are through games on Dec. 13th
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