Philippe Myers stands at 6 foot 5 and 205 lbs, patrolling the blue line this fall for the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in his third season of CHL play — but down the line, he’ll be able to move from the CHL to the pros. Despite going undrafted in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the big-bodied right shot will be able to play at least three years within the Philadelphia Flyers organization; following a successful training camp appearance with the Metropolitan Division club, the Moncton native inked an entry level deal worth 3 years and $1.91 million.
Myers attended training camp with the Flyers this summer and fall on an ATO, following his first two seasons in the QMJHL. He’s coming off a 60 game campaign with Rouyn-Noranda, where he was good for two goals and eight points to go with 55 PIM. In each of the last two seasons, Myers has contributed to nine-game and six-game playoff appearances with 3 and 2 assists, respectively.
The Flyers already have eight players listed on General Fanager as active roster blue liners, although four will be due for contract extensions at the end of this season; Radko Gudas and Brandon Manning are coming up as RFA’s, while Luke Schenn and recently inked KHL free agent Yevgeny Medvedev will be UFA’s. The year after that, three more players hit contract expiry; only one blue liner, Andrew MacDonald, is inked beyond the 2016-2017 season.
That means, if the Flyers are looking to see their cap payroll go down a bit, that the Pennsylvania club will be looking to rotate some of their blue line lineup within the next season or two; for Myers, this provides the perfect opportunity to finish developing in the QMJHL and compete for either a high-ice time AHL position or even an NHL role. That makes his contract perfect; if the Flyers were looking for a player who already has NHL size but may need more development before a contract kicks in, the oversized QMJHL anchor is a strong addition.
Of course, the Flyers have a fairly prolific core of young defenseman already in the system that Myers will need to play ahead of if he wants to see real ice time; 2015 first round selection Ivan Provorov is one of a handful of prospects who hope to see considerable attention on Philadelphia’s blue line in the coming years. Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin, Robert Hagg, and Shayne Gostisbehere will all be looking to see either AHL or NHL ice before Myers will get his shot.
One thing to consider, though — although hockeydb.com lists Myers as over 200 lbs, the Delaware County Times describes the defenseman as a ‘6 foot 5 string bean’. It’s likely, given his height, that the young prospect will need to bulk up a bit in order to really assert his presence on the ice at the pro level.