As we come into the 2013-2014 NHL season the Philadelphia Flyers have a lot of talent at the forward position. But with all that talent leaves no room for prospects. The Flyers have 9 forwards locked up for at least the next 3 years, leaving 3 possible roster spots open. But with the expected extensions of Brayden Schenn this year and Zac Rinaldo 2 years from now. That leaves Flyers prospects bidding for 1 roster spot.
The Flyers have quietly assembled a nice group of young players that are waiting for the opportunity to make a name for themselves at the NHL level.
To makes things more difficult the Flyers have brought in overseas talent in the likes of Michael Raffl 24 from Austria and Petr Straka 21 from Czech Republic who played in the QMJHL last season. Both players have come into camp looking to make an impact. With the additions of Raffl and Straka that gives the Flyers 7 prospects bidding for possibly 1 roster position over the next 3 years.
A cluster of young talent consists of Nick Cousins 20 a highly skilled forward who had 103 pts last season for Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. The next guy ready to make the jump the NHL is Jason Akeson 23 who is coming into his 3rd year of pro hockey in the Flyers organization. Akeson draws a small comparison to Claude Giroux with his shifftyness and playmaking ability. When you think power forward prospect the Flyers have Tye McGinn. McGinn 23 is a big, strong and tough player who can create a big problem for goalies standing in front of the net. Last season McGinn spit time between the Phantoms and the Flyers and quickly became a fan favorite drawing comparison to another fan favorite of the past Rick Tocchet.
The next two prospects have some work to do but both have the potential to take it to the next level. Marcel Noebels 21 spit time with Trenton of the ECHL and the Phantoms. He started off slow in his 1st pro season by being demoted to Trenton but when he got his opportunity to rejoin the Phantoms he played well for the most part. With the last prospect looking to make the jump is Brandon Alderson 21 a teammate of Nick Cousins for the last 2 years with Sault Ste. Marie is a raw talent with lots of upside. Alderson had 64 points in 67 games in the OHL and played 9 games at the end of the season for the Phantom recording 2 points in 9 games.
With all the talent the Flyers have under contract at the NHL level and the all the prospects in the farm system the organization has some decisions to make over the next few years at the forward positions. Whatever those decisions are the Flyers organization is moving into the right direction towards the main objective. Win the Stanley Cup.