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AHL (College) Watch #9

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Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Kyle Flanagan (C), Philadelphia Flyers

The 24 year old former St. Lawrence University forward put up 47 points in 35 games. The Flyers rewarded him by giving him a contract, and sending him immediately to their farm team, where in 2 games has 2 assists with Adirondack. Kyle Flanagan is a ‘talented, playmaking center that plays both sides of the ice very well.’ The knock on him is his size, so it will be interesting to see if he can overcome that and get a shot in the NHL one day.

Jared Coreau (G), Detroit Red Wings

Surely, a dream come true for the Northern Michigan University alum, as he signed with the Detroit Red Wings. He gave up his final year of eligibility with NMU, but with many teams courting him, he made the decision to go pro. Despite his team struggling, Jared Coreau maintained a respectable .919 SV% and has an NHL goaltenders frame (6’4" & 204 lbs). He will be given all the time he needs to develop on the farm.

Danny DeKeyser (D), Free Agent

The defenseman that every NHL team is chasing. Projected as the most NHL ready player available from this year’s college free agent pool, the 6’3", 193 lbs blue-liner is a stay at home defenseman, who makes good decisions with the puck and is a good skater. Does everything you ask of a defender, kills penalties and blocks shots. Putting up offensive numbers isn’t his game, but 30 teams may have already made inquiries for his services. He may even step right into an NHL line-up, at least by season’s end.

Greg Carey (LW), Free Agent

The native of Hamilton, Ontario, Greg Carey may be the best offensive gem in this year’s college crop. He exploded the stat-line with 28 goals in 38 games with St. Lawrence this year and once scored 72 goals in 48 games in the OJHL. The smallish left-winger has a knack for putting the puck in the net, and with a quick release and smart playmaking IQ, scouts say he will continue to score at any level. His college teammate was Kyle Flanagan, will he follow him to Philly?

Andrei Sustr (D), Tampa Bay Lightning

One of the most intriguing prospects available is Andrei Sustr, the towering 6’8" 220 pound blue-liner has exceptional passing abilities and skates well for a big man. The native of Plzen, Czech Republic may also be close to a spot on an NHL line-up, although scouts say he may need to alter his game a bit, to become a little more nasty for a 6'8" player, but with some time on the farm, that should develop accordingly.