Photo Credit: Frank Fimmano

Photo Credit: Frank Fimmano

Reasonable Expectations: Phil Myers

Tonight against Detroit, Phil Myers makes his NHL debut for the Flyers. The undrafted UFA defender brings size and speed on the blueline. His strong numbers in both the AHL and QMJHL show that he’s likely a strong addition to the Flyers blue line.

 

Philippe Myers
Defense
Born Jan 25 1997  -- Moncton, NB 
Height 6.05 -- Weight 202 -- Shoots R


                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2013-14  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies       QMJHL  46    0    4    4   11   9   0   3   3   2
2014-15  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies       QMJHL  60    2    6    8   55   6   0   2   2  15
2015-16  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies       QMJHL  63   17   28   45   44  20   4  12  16  18
2016-17  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies       QMJHL  34   10   25   35   46  13   3   6   9  14
2017-18  Lehigh Valley Phantoms      AHL    50    5   16   21   54  13   3   4   7  12
2018-19  Lehigh Valley Phantoms      AHL    48    9   20   29   57
2018-19  Philadelphia Flyers         NHL    Statistics Unavailable
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Current statistics as of 2019-02-17 from HockeyDB

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”fi” dir=”ltr”>Updated translation factors<br>.74 KHL<br>.58 SHL<br>.47 AHL<br>.43 SM-Liiga, Swiss NLA, NCHC<br>.38 H-East<br>.33 Big 10<br>.30 OHL<br>.29 WHL<br>.25 QMJHL<br>.23 ECAC</p>&mdash; Hockey Abstract (@HockeyAbstract) <a href=”https://twitter.com/HockeyAbstract/status/866477120360402944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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With 29 points in 48 AHL games, a .604 points per game ratio, the AHL translation factor expects Myers to score .28 points per game in the NHL or 23 points per 82 games.  The .28 point per game ratio is slightly ahead of the .2 points per game (2-8-10 in 49 GP) that Travis Sanheim put up last season as a rookie.

Myers right shot will be a premium and his familiarity with coach Scott Gordon will also help him adjust.

He’s making his debut against the Red Wings in an 11F-7D lineup so expect his minutes to be limited by game situation.

In the long term, Myers getting games now only helps the Flyers in determining what they have in him heading to the off season. The questions they have to ask are:

1: Does Myers make Radko Gudas or Robert Hagg expendable?

2: Does Myers right shot make him a PP2 option with Sanheim or Provorov?

3: Does Myers have the skill to take a top 4 role or is it necessary to acquire a top 4 defender this off season?

 

The Flyers have 24 games left this season to get Myers into games and answer them. Realistically, Myers has the tools to succeed at the NHL level, the only question will be whether he can use his size to become a solid top pair RHD or if he needs to be on the second or third pair.