Phil Myers had his NHL debut in the second half of last season with the Flyers, and he’s pretty hard to miss.  Myers is listed at 6’5″ and 210lbs at the age of 22.

Who Is This Guy?

He has now spent the last couple weeks getting called up from the Phantoms and is on a three-game goal streak.  We’ve heard over the past couple years of the young defensive products the Flyers had cooking, such as Provorov and Sanheim who were highly touted first-round picks.  So it begs the question… where did this new kid come from

Born in New Brunswick, Myers makes up half of the active players in the NHL from his home province (the other is Blues’ backup netminder Jake Allen).  He spent his junior hockey career playing in the high-offense QMJHL for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.  He was draft-eligible at the conclusion of the 2015 season, and sadly for Phil, he was not taken in the draft.  Later that summer, he was given an amateur tryout with the Flyers, and from what the team saw at camp, they decided to sign him to an entry-level contract.

So What’s He Done Since?

After signing his contract with the Flyers, he kept grinding for his junior team for a couple years until the 2018 season where he began the season with the Phantoms.  Through the next year and a half, he would play over 100 games in the AHL, racking up 54 points, and getting a feel for the heightened speed of the game.  After Hakstol got canned last year, Myers finally got his call-up and notched 21 games for the Flyers.

Coming into this season, most couch GMs had him penciled in on the top-6 for the Flyers to start the season, but he had a poor camp to start the season.  He was assigned to start the season in Lehigh, but as we’ve seen with the Flyers brass this season, they aren’t shy to give these young guys a call.  He’s been up for 6 games thus far this season, netted three slick goals, added an assist, and is a +7 while averaging over 18 minutes of ice time so far (he hasn’t been on the ice for an even-strength goal against).  He’s reliable all over the ice and a great skater, which is exactly what any team is wanting on their blue line.

Phil Myers is a diamond in the rough for the Flyers and is finishing up the last year of his entry-level contract this season.  Look to see Myers stick with the big club for the rest of the season.  If he does, we’ll be seeing him sign a new contract sometime this year, hopefully, long-term.

From undrafted at 18 to an NHLer at 22, Myers knows how to keep working hard, so keep your eyes on #5 next time you’re watching the orange and black.

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