22-Year-Old Goalie – Philadelphia Flyers
Anthony Stolarz Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers in March 2013.
Stolarz turned aside 29 of 32 shots in a 5-3 win over the visiting Flames in his NHL debut Sunday.
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The Flyers' second-round pick from 2012 has had two great seasons with OHL London, but he comes carrying the shame of a Ron Hextall-esque suspension for stick swinging. Last March during a playoff game, Stolarz lost his head and chopped his stick down the back of an opponent's head. He was suspended for eight games, but was later reduced to six. But the shame remains. He's talented and tall, and that's enough to put him on the fast track to Philly. He's pencilled in to start the season in the AHL, but he's just an injury from his NHL debut. Remember his name. And stay away from his stick.
The 6-foot-5 Stolarz had a 2.29 goals against average and a .920 save percentage in his first year in the OHL. Those are decent numbers, considering Stolarz is just 19. Still, he'll need a few more years before he sees consistent NHL action, so he's only worth a look for long-term keeper leagues.
Stolarz is still a few years away from tending a net in the NHL and will be playing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha during the 2012-13 season. The 6-foot-5 giant was a good pick up for the Flyers who have been having serious goalie issues as of late and appear short on netminding prospects.