PSB Weekly Prospect Notebook: WJC Update, Hot Starts, and Tournament Invites

“PSB Weekly Prospect Notebook” is a weekly briefing, touching on news and observations around the Philadelphia Flyers farm system. This column is far from an in-depth look and more of a snapshot of what you need to know.

Foerster & Millman Cut

This week, Canada trimmed its World Junior roster, sending both Flyers prospects backing. Tyson Foerster and Mason Millman were both long shots to make the squad so their releases should not come as a surprise for anybody. Canada’s roster suffers from a problem every organization would love to have, too many quality players. With Foerster, there were too many other forwards further along in their development with more reliability. In Millman’s case, he is not on the same level as the defensemen that remain on the roster.

Philadelphia’s other prospects in contention for WJC roster spots are in a better place. Bobby Brink and Cam York are essentially locks to make Team USA. Similarly, Emil Andrae will definitely make Sweden’s roster as well.

Hogberg on a roll

Linus Hogberg is silently off to a fantastic start to season. Playing on loan in HockeyAllsvenskan for HC Vita Hasten, he’s registered two goals and ten assists in 21 games. Additionally, he is eating up some serious minutes. Hogberg plays somewhere near 25 minutes a night and hasn’t played less than 20 minutes since November 4th. He’s consistently been one of the best defensemen in the league and will be an interesting prospect to follow once he reaches North America.

Fedotov Makes National Team

Russia awarded netminder, Ivan Fedotov, a spot on their national team roster for an upcoming international tournament. He has been dominant this season in the KHL with a 1.98 GAA and .926 SV% in 14 contests. Participating in this tournament is a great opportunity for a goalie prospect that fell to the back-burner before last season.

Kase Loaned to Czech National Team

Philadelphia announced David Kase has now been loaned to the Czech National Team. By doing so, he is now able to participate in the Channel One Cup Tournament. In 16 games for HC Karlovy Vary of the Extraliga, Kase posted four goals and nine assists.

Cates Starting Hot

The NCHC season is still incredibly young every team. Still, Noah Cates finds himself playing at a point per game pace through five games. Recording two goals and three assists, he’s been a major factor in UMD’s 4-0-1 start.

Earlier this week, Pod Street Bullies assessed the depth of Philadelphia’s prospect pool. We assessed each positioned and determined the true level of talent developing at each position. Those examinations are found here:

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