jammer2 Posted January 26, 2014 Share Posted January 26, 2014 Just took a look at the Phantom stats, not very impressive at all. There seems to be a distinct lack of scoring down there in Adirondack. http://theahl.com/stats/statdisplay.php?type=skaters&team_id=313 Some thoughts. 1) The only one who is close to a point per game is Jason Akeson, with 35 pts in 40 games. With the Flyers struggling to score, perhaps he is worth a look. My big problem there is, he looks like a tweener. That is, he plays a top 6 forward type game, but does not have the physical attributes to play on the 3rd or 4th lines in Philly. Don't see him displacing any top 6 forwards on the Flyers, so unless there is a sudden burst of injuries, can't see him making the jump, also...not a great skater, so that does not help his cause. Add in the fact he's a -12 at the AHL level and it does not look good for him having a pro career. 2) Next in line is Chris Newbury with 25 pts in 32 games. We all know he is a bit older and will never be a legit points contributor at the NHL level. He could be a call up if toughness is required, then his respectable AHL numbers could help his cause. His 112 PIM are par for the course. 3)Ben Holmstrom and Petr Straka's 19 pts each are very meh, but at least Straka is on the younger side and early in his pro career. Ben is now 26 and dangerously close to being a career minor leaguer. Last years brief call up might have been the swan song for Ben. 4)Sitting 8th in Phantom scoring is Tye McGinn. This is very disappointing. Some (including myself) see a bit of a power forward type in Tye, but if your not lighting it up in the A after a few years, the chances of doing it in the NHL are slim to none. What once looked promising is now flirting with mediocrity. 5) Nick Cousins has an underwhelming 4 goals and 9 assists in 33 games. It *is* his first year pro, have to remember there is a learning curve, but even 1st year kids have better stats than this if they hope to make the leap to the next level eventually. I suspect his skating could be one of the problems. 6) Another prospect who is not tearing things up is Marcel Noebels. A pretty sad 1 goal and 5 assists in 29 games. I really thought he would score at this level. The chances of him getting called up with these kind of horrid stats is nil. 7) Oliver Laurisden is not an offensive type of d-man, so the fact he only has 5 assists does not matter much. He does lead the team in plus/minus with a +7, so that is something to build on. He is also showing his physical side with 106 PIM, which is promising. 8) Of course, one of the lone shining stars is goalie Cal Heeter. He is among the league leaders with a 2.17 GGA and a sparkling .927 save %. The fact that almost every Phantom is a minus with this type of outstanding goaltending speaks volumes as to how very crappy this team is. http://theahl.com/stats/statdisplay.php?type=top_goalies&season_id=43&tournament_id=0&division_id=-1 Overall, you can't put a lot of stock in the point totals because this Phantom team might be our worst ever AHL squad....literally no depth there and even the top pp looks putrid. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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