With the NHL back in action, so too are the several junior and minor hockey leagues in which Philadelphia Flyers prospects play in. Today, we focus on up and coming defensemen in the Flyers system.
Across the pond in Russia, 2012 7th round pick Valeri Vasiliev is holding his own with Spartak Moskva in the KHL. While the 19-year-old defenseman doesn’t supply much on the offensive end of the ice, he plays a physical style of defense Flyers fans can appreciate. In an October 8th win over Donbass, Vasiliev lined himself up with an opposing player and sent him flying end over end. Vasiliev has played 11 games this year, adding one assist and 4 PIM. He missed time in early September with a separated shoulder.
Sticking with European defensemen, Fredric Larsson is holding his own in the States. Larsson opted to leave Sweden to join the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL, and the decision seems to be paying off. A hard slap shot from the stick of Larsson that fell to teammate J.J. ...