With Shayne Gostisbehere graduating from prospect to solid NHL Defender in a big way with his Calder Finalist season, the Flyers still have some solid prospects on the blueline coming in Robert Hagg, Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim and Ivan Provorov. However, there is a fifth name to add to that list: Phillipe Myers. Myers is an undrafted free agent signed out of the QMJHL. His contract will likely slide back to the QMJHL this season with the Flyers already having enough NHL defenders and the aforementioned four prospects.
Myers has size, coming in at 6’4″ 205lbs per HockeyDB, and Elite Prospects puts him even bigger, at 6’5″ 209.
Last season, Myers transformed into an offensive powerhouse with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies where his 17 goals were tops among the team’s defenders.
Myers, along with Mark Friedman, are the only two high reward Flyers defense prospects who are right-handed shots. With apologies to Reece Wilcox who’s likely a fringe NHLer, and Mark Alt, who turns 25 in October and has played a grand total of 1 NHL game, Myers is probably the best option for a top 4 right shooting defender in the system.
To project Myers over a season, we just need to use his QMJHL translation factor. Combining his regular season and playoffs, he scored .735 points per game in the QMJHL last season, which translates to .191 points per game in the NHL or 16 points per 82 games played.
This may not seem like a lot, but given that only Mark Streit and Gostisbehere cleared that bar among Flyers defenders last year, it’s not exactly an indicator he’s a poor defender. In fact, that number assumes he plays in the NHL in 2016-17, it’s a number that will likely jump if he gets another season in the Q and some AHL seasoning in 17-18 before being called up.
In a best case scenario, Myers uses his size and skill to dominate the possession side of the game like Braydon Coburn, but shows a bit more offensive flair. In a worse case scenario, Myers ends up likely being another Luke Schenn, a third pair defender who can be a solid penalty killer. Either way, his right shooting ability means he’ll likely be a Flyer in the next couple seasons.