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Flyers Prospect Samu Tuomaala Named AHL All-Star

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Samu Tuomaala playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2023 preseason. (Photo: AP)

The American Hockey League released their All-Star rosters on Wednesday, and on the Atlantic roster was a prospect Philadelphia Flyers fans ought to learn about – Samu Tuomaala.

Tuomaala, 21, is currently playing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and has had an excellent first season in North America. The Flyers’ 2021 second-round pick has scored 10 goals, 17 assists, and 27 points in 33 games played after spending his early career in Finland.

Tuomaala’s production is ironic and perhaps unprecedented. In parts of three seasons in Liiga – Finland’s top division of hockey – Tuomaala managed one goal and two assists in 40 games. Fast-forward to 2023-24, and the winger is suddenly setting the AHL on fire as a 20-year-old. He turned 21 on Monday.

Joining the Flyers draftee at the AHL All-Star game will be other top prospects, such as Brandt Clarke, Olen Zellweger, Dustin Wolf, Simon Edvinsson, Brad Lambert, Yaroslav Askarov, Logan Stankoven, Mavrik Bourque, Jiri Kulich, Dennis Hildeby, Logan Mailloux, and Brennan Othmann. As it stands, Tuomaala will be the lone player representing the Flyers organization and the Phantoms as an AHL All-Star this year.

Checking in on other Flyers prospects

  • Emil Andrae, who made his Philadelphia Flyers debut at the start of the season, has scored three goals, 13 assists, and 16 points in 24 games. He is producing at the same rate as Edvinsson and a better rate than Mailloux. It’s a bit of a surprise not to see him make it in.
  • Olle Lycksell has produced at the same rate as Graeme Clarke; both players have 22 points in 28 games. There’s an argument to be made that Lycksell could’ve been an AHL All-Star as well.
  • Cooper Marody and Tanner Laczynski aren’t really prospects anymore given their ages, but each has had a productive season in the AHL thus far. Laczynski has eight goals, 15 assists, and 23 points in 28 games, while Marody is 19th amongst AHL forwards in scoring with nine goals, 20 assists, and 29 points in 33 games.

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