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  • Showcasing the FHC Prospect’s Guide – Day 21 (Philadelphia)

    http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.comFantasy Hockey Coach is extremely happy to announce that our First Annual Prospects Guide (Prospect-us) is available now for download ($4.95). The guide is loaded with in-depth information of NHL prospects and their potential fantasy impact, over 160 pages.

    The Prospect-us is designed to be as all inclusive as possible, whether you are a fantasy hockey guru trying to win their pool at work, a casual pool player, or just a fan of the sport in general who is interested in the future of their favorite NHL team(s). We have included a listing of our top 250 ranked prospects for the future in terms of their skill, upside and potential impact. Players must be 25 years or younger and haven’t played over 25 NHL games to qualify as a prospect for this guide. On top of all that the Guide offers the Top 20 players in each of the next four NHL Entry Drafts.

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    Day 21 – Philadelphia Flyers

    Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has done an exceptional job of bringing together a talented group of young, NHL regulars. The strength in Philadelphia is without a doubt down the middle, as Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Matt Read all check-in under the age of 25. The left and right flanks aren’t too shabby either as Brayden Schenn, Jakub Vorcek and Wayne Simmonds all bring the classic Philly mix of sharp talent and punishing grit. The biggest question mark in Philadelphia remains in net. After signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine year, $51-million contract, the Flyers management team finally thought they had solidified a position that had been an organizational weakness for many enduring years. Early indications suggest that they may have made a massive mistake, especially with little help coming from its prospect pool in the near future. First-round draft pick Scott Laughton should bring a Philly fans a familiar mix of leadership and grit as his game is very similar to that of former Flyer Mike Richards.

    G - Niko Hoivinen (FIN) Lahti

    6’7”, 200 lbs, 24 years

    Hoivinen is a towering monstrosity in the crease. You can’t teach a goalie size like that and Hoivinen certainly uses it to his advantage. The lanky Finn posted a 21-12-6 record with a 2.26 GAA and .921 SP to go with it. After seasoning the Finnish pro league for four full seasons now, it may be time for Hoivinen to make the transition to North America and try his hand with the Flyers. Philadelphia shipped backup Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NHL entry draft and Michael Leighton, who once upon a time helped carry the Flyers to a Stanley Cup final berth, will likely be out the door via free agency. Barring a free agency signing this summer, the door is wide open for Hoivinen to jump in and grab some crease time in relief of the unpredictable and inconsistent Ilya Bryzgalov.

    Projection: Starting goalie
Potential upside: 30 wins (Mike Smith)
    ETA: 2012-13

    D - Brandon Manning (CAN) Adirondack Phantoms

    6’1”, 195 lbs, 22 years

    After finishing his junior career with a point per game season for Chilliwack (now Victoria) in the WHL (21 goals and 53 points in 53 games), the undrafted Manning was signed to a professional contract by the Flyers. In his first pro year with Philly’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack, Manning got into 46 games and posted a respectable six goals and 19 points, along with a minus-six rating. The knock on Manning has always been his ability to limit mistakes with the puck. On the flip side of that coin, he has been praised for his ability to move the puck up the ice effectively. While he isn’t going to be the next Chris Pronger, Manning has a good opportunity to work his way onto the Flyers roster in the coming years. After goaltending, the blueline is Philadelphia’s next weak point and with Pronger potentially retiring and Matt Carle possibly on the way out via free agency, there could be some openings up for grabs. Manning had himself a cup of coffee with the Flyers in 2011/12, playing four games and finishing with a plus- one rating.

    Projection: Offensive defenseman
Potential upside: 20-30 points (Jason Demers)
    ETA: 2013-14

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