Lehigh Valley Phantoms Prospect Stock Report 12/11

The Phantoms played three games last week, going 2-1-0, bringing their record to 11-9-1-1 overall.

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Tyson Foerster

After recording just two goals through his first 11 games of the season, Tyson Foerster has become a point-per-game guy in his last 11 games, racking up eight goals and 18 points in 22 games total. There still needs to be another level for Foerster to rise to, but with three goals and six points in his last four games, we’re definitely seeing the 20-year-old trend in the right direction.

Olle Lycksell

I don’t think many people had 2017 sixth round pick Olle Lycksell as their breakout star of the year, but that’s exactly what he’s become during his rookie campaign in the AHL. He’s at 16 points in 16 games as the team’s top line left winger with a two-way game that is just as impressive. It’s well within the realm of possibility he could be the first forward prospect to see a full-time recall at some point in the near future, especially considering how anemic the Flyers’ offense has been.

Egor Zamula

With the recall of Cam York, Egor Zamula played his first two games as the team’s top LHD and looked real good doing so. He recorded an assist in both weekend games. Zamula has spent most of the season with the Flyers, though has been a healthy scratch for almost one-third of them. Maybe a good stretch of games with the Phantoms will give him a much better standing upon his next recall to the NHL.

Samuel Ersson

It’s hard to put into words just how good Sam Ersson has been this season. He’s won eight of his last 11 starts, allowed just two goals on 52 shots combined over the weekend, and is currently rocking an 2.50 GAA and .918 SV% on the season. He’s been the backbone of the Phantoms, and as the team around him continues to rise, there’s a good chance we haven’t seen the best he as to offer either. Errson is currently ranked 12th in goals against average and eighth in save percentage in goalies that have started 10 or more games in the AHL.

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Elliot Desnoyers

Desnoyers’ offensive production is still regular albeit mildly inconsistent, and Artem Anisimov’s arrival bumped him to the second line with Garret Wilson and Kieffer Bellows, so the points may not come as easy as they did alongside Foerster and Lycksell, but Desnoyers is still playing a sturdy overall game of hockey, and now the next test is his adaptability at producing from anywhere in the lineup.

Artem Anisimov

At 35 years old, it’s hard to call Anisimov a prospect, but he definitely deserves some acknowledgement for his hot start. He signed a full-time AHL deal over the weekend, meaning he’s going to stay with the club the rest of the season (unless the Flyers can clear a contract spot, in which case they more than likely still want him in the NHL). He’s put up five goals and eight points in seven games, including a two-goal, four-point night Saturday in the 6-1 drubbing of the Charlotte Checkers. He’s centering Tyson Foerster and Olle Lycksell on the top line and clearly still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Ronnie Attard

Ronnie Attard may have gone pointless over the weekend, with just a pair of assists dating back to the middle of November, but his play is still fairly noticeable as the music between the notes, so to speak, has certainly gotten better. The lack of production (4 goals, 11 points in 22 games) isn’t for a lack of trying, he’s fourth in the team in shots on goal with 47. Attard has been stuck on the second pair most of the season behind Louis Belpedio, which has limited some of his effectiveness, but he’s still carving out a solid niche for himself and it’s a platform he can certainly build on in the future.

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Zayde Wisdom

Wisdom did rack up two assists in two games this week, but was also scratched during Saturday’s contest and is still stuck on the fourth line more often than not. The influx of vets- Anisimov, Bellows, and Adam Brooks’ return from injury has forced Wisdom down the lineup, which is too bad, because his play really hasn’t warranted it. Hopefully they’re just playing the long game with his development, as there are other prospects that are earmarked for the NHL quicker, so hopefully Wisdom will get more ice time if or when the recalls start happening.

Linus Hogberg

Hogberg scored his first goal of the season on Saturday and tacked on his first assist since October 22. With the abundance of left-shot defenseman in the system, Hogberg has found himself as the odd man out more often than not, only dressing for 10 of the Phantoms’ 22 contests. He certainly hasn’t lived up to the lofty expectations the draft guru’s set for him when he made the jump to North America last season.

By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)

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