Welcome to the Journey! This week the focus will be all on one team; the Philadelphia Flyers. But first a quick disclaimer; I am by no means a Flyers fan but a number of their prospects are having seasons too good to ignore. Things may not look so hot on the ice for Philly having lost nine in a row, but with a number of young stars already making their mark along with a stocked prospect pipeline, the future is encouraging.
One doesn’t have to go very far down the AHL scoring charts before the inevitable question of “who the heck is Danick Martel” pops up. He played three seasons for the Blaineville-Boisbriand Armada and got a bit of a late start to his junior career by not playing his first game until he was nearly 18. Martel posted fairly middling numbers in his rookie year with 41 points in 68 games. He kicked it up a notch in year number two by hovering around the point-per-game mark in his second year by putting up 60 in 63 games. But in year three he absolutely exploded with 102 points in 64 games, 48 of these points were goals, and finished second in the league in scoring. For his efforts he earned QMJHL first team All-Star team honours and was named the CHL Humanitarian of the year. So you know he’s a good person on and off the ice! Martel went undrafted but was signed by the Flyers as a free agent as the end of his junior career and has managed to continue his scoring ways at the pro level. Currently in his third pro year Martel already has two 20-plus goal seasons under his belt and is well on his way to a third as he’s currently producing at a 56 goal pace with 14 in 17 games. That’s a lofty number to be sure but even if he slows down he should be able to hit 40 or more. One of his more impressive stretches saw him pot seven goals over a six-game goal-scoring streak. The big club took notice and summoned him just over a week ago. He was getting some chances in the four games in which he suited up including hitting two posts in a recent game against state rival Pittsburgh. Martel was sent back down to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday but this probably won’t be a permanent assignment for him.
Allison has been on an upward trajectory since his playoff performance for the Tri-City Storm in his draft year, leading them to a USHL Clark Cup title and being named Playoff MVP in the process. He was committed to the University of Western Michigan and put together an impressive freshman campaign with 29 points in 36 contests. Thanks to the graduation of the top three scorers from the 2016-17 version of the Broncos, Allison has taken on a larger role in the offense and flourishing, sitting second on his team in scoring. He’s been hovering around the top of the scoring charts in the NCAA all season. At the moment he’s in a tie for eighth with 19 points in 15 games and is tied for sixth in goals with 10. He’s been finding the back of the net in bunches with four multi-goal games including his first college hat trick. A big power winger who has the ability to score and setup up teammates in equal measure, he’s drawn comparison to another ex-Flyer ginger