Flyers May Have Found a Steal in Phil Myers
There are only three junior eligible players left in camp with the Flyers and two of them are no surprise at all.
Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov are first-round draft picks. They’re supposed to still be around.
Phil Myers? Well, the 6-foot-5 defenseman wasn’t even drafted, yet his dream of winning an NHL job this year is still alive.
“After not getting drafted at 17, I realized that I needed to work harder,” Myers said the other day. “I had a big summer in the gym and when I came into camp in Philadelphia I came in with confidence knowing that I had trained really hard in the summer. It helped me a lot. It made me prepared. When I signed that contract it gave me even more confidence and I brought that on the ice. From there this has just kept going up.”
The Moncton, New Brunswick native didn’t attend the 2015 draft in Florida. He was ranked No. 157 among North American skaters by the NHL’s central scouting service. Everyone passed on him.
“He’s a guy we talked about late in the draft, but we didn’t draft him, just like everyone else,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. “I guess your interest level is not peak, but we liked him.”
So did the Calgary Flames, who invited Myers to their development camp last July. He wasn’t expecting a contract from that, but at least thought he’d performed well enough to earn an invite to main camp. Instead he got a call from the Flyers and reported to Philadelphia. He wasn’t even aware the Flyers had been scouting him. They signed him to an entry-level contract before camp ended last year.
Here is more on Phil Myers and the Flyers from Steve Coates on the sports Bash: