A Hidden Gem

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Credit: flyers.nhl.com

For the past three drafts, the Philadelphia Flyers have been loading up on defensive prospects; Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim and Ivan Provorov to name a few. But the Flyers might have gotten some extra talent on the blue line when they signed Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman Philippe Myers.

Myers entered the QMJHL when he was 16 years old after being drafted in the 4th round by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in 2013. He played a total of 46 games and had 4 assists. The Huskies made the playoffs and Myers went on to notch 3 assists in 9 games. In his next season, Myers started the campaign injured and had a disappointing year that saw him score only 2 goals and put up 6 assists along with a -10. He would have 2 assists in 6 playoff games.

In September of 2015, Myers was invited by the Philadelphia Flyers to a training camp. Needless to say they liked what they saw and immediately signed him to an entry-level contract. His confidence immediately sky-rocketed and he returned to the Q for his third season, his breakout season.

Myers emerged as a threat on the blue line; jumping into plays, carrying the puck more, etc. He became a huge factor in the Huskies’ success. In his 63 games played last season, he posted career highs in goals (17), assists (28), points (45) and plus/minus (+52). Here is a little example of his dominance.

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Listed at 6’5″, 210 pounds, Myers is a fairly smooth skater for his size and can really shoot the puck. He still hasn’t filled out his frame, but when he gains some muscle, he will be a serious threat at all times in every zone on the ice and will be able to lay the body on a consistent basis. Some analysts claimed he could have been a first round draft pick.

 

In the playoffs, the Huskies made it all the way and won the championship in the QMJHL, Myers had 16 points in 20 games. They later went on to play in the Memorial Cup and made it to the Final before losing in overtime to the London Knights on a goal by Matthew Tkachuk. He had 1 goal and 1 assist in 5 games.

Myers is going to get a lot more opportunity next season with Rouyn-Noranda, as two of their older defenseman are leaving. He will also potentially play for team Canada at the upcoming World Juniors. His development is trending in the right direction despite having hip surgery and missing the Flyers development camp. The Flyers management are hoping he can eventually become a top-4 NHL defenseman and that one day people will ask themselves why this kid was never drafted.

 

Brandon Murphy – @2murphy8

 

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