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03-17-2010, 11:47 PM
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Flyers sign NCAA forward Ben Holmstrom for next season

Another NCAA player signed to a future contract...

http://www.goriverhawks.com/sports/m...ckey-body.html

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Senior River Hawk captain Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, CO) signed a future contract with the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers as announced by the team on Wednesday. He will report to the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms
http://blogs.courierpostonline.com/f...ard-holmstrom/

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The Flyers announced today that they have signed 6’1”, 202-pound forward Ben Holmstrom from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks to a future contract which will begin at the start of the 2010-11 season, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

Holmstrom, 22, recently completed his senior year at UMass-Lowell of the Hockey East Association of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), where he recorded 23 points (9G,14A) and 69 penalty minutes in 39 games. His 23 points tied for fourth on the team and he led all River Hawks with four game-winning goals. He was recently honored by the Hockey East Association by being named Best Defensive Forward for the 2009-10 season, becoming the first UMass-Lowell player to receive the honor since 1998-99.
http://www.goriverhawks.com/sports/m...rom_ben00.html

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Before UMass Lowell
Played three years for Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL and was team captain in 2005-06 ... Member of the 2006 Anderson Cup winning team with Sioux Falls ... Had 19 points (10g, 9a) and 115 penalty minutes in 56 games in 2005-06 ... Played in 14 playoff games in 2006 and had six points (3g, 3a) and 22 penalty minutes ... Appeared in just 15 games and scored one goal in 2004-05 ... Totaled eight points (3g, 5a) in 54 games in 2003-04 ... Played for and helped Team USA capture the Gold Medal in the U-17 5 Nations Tournament ... Member of the U.S. U-18 Jr. World Cup and was an alternate captain of the team.

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Benjamin Scott Holmstrom was born on April 9, 1987 in Colorado Springs, Colorado ... Son of Kevin and Michelle Holmstrom ... Has one younger brother, Josh ... Graduated from Doherty High School in 2005 ... Lists winning the Anderson Cup in 2006 with the Sioux Falls Stampede and capturing the Gold Medal with Team USA in the U-17 5 Nations Tournament as his greatest sports moments ... Chose UML because of the hockey program ... Is a Colorado Avalanche fan ... Lists former Avalanche Shjon Podein as his favorite athlete ...


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http://www.goriverhawks.com/sports/m...031710aac.html

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Seniors Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, CO) and Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) were honored by the Hockey East Association on Wednesday for their outstanding seasons with the River Hawks. Holmstrom was named the Gladiator Hockey Best Defensive Forward, while Hutton was honored as the Bauer Goaltending Champion.

Holmstrom was recognized for his tenacity and fearless style of play on the defensive end. The first UMass Lowell skater to receive the honor since Doug Nolan (1998-99), Holmstrom finished the season with a plus-seven rating. A River Hawk captain for the past three seasons, the Colorado native orchestrates the forwards on the ice and was a staple of the penalty kill unit.

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Might want to sign another college goalie A-sap

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Might want to sign another college goalie A-sap
Holmgren is currently out scouting college players, according to Tim P.

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03-18-2010, 12:20 AM
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Holmgren is currently out scouting college players, according to Tim P.
I think he finally looked at a list of our prospects, and was.. "surprised" to see how we had no deph.

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I think he finally looked at a list of our prospects, and was.. "surprised" to see how we had no deph.
He's scouted the NCAA ranks in the past, including when he was Clarke's assistant. But you are probably correct in that assessment, too.

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He's scouted the NCAA ranks in the past, including when he was Clarke's assistant. But you are probably correct in that assessment, too.
Yea I find it kinda fishy though. He knows that going into this draft, we are low on picks again. Maybe he is thinking of a deal that gets rid of our 3rd or even next years 1st/2nd.

He already signed 3 undrafted players and like you said, he seems to be scouting alot of undrafted guys. The problem is, how many contracts are we at?

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Homer keeps restocking the Phantoms for next season. Let's hope he got a good eye.

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Thanks for the article links MSE. He sounds kind of good in Gormley's article and the one comment on it said he plays an "aggressive" style. What forward position does he play?

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Yea I find it kinda fishy though. He knows that going into this draft, we are low on picks again. Maybe he is thinking of a deal that gets rid of our 3rd or even next years 1st/2nd.

He already signed 3 undrafted players and like you said, he seems to be scouting alot of undrafted guys. The problem is, how many contracts are we at?
Everyone keeps wondering and asking this. It's not an issue this year because we've got a lot of contracts coming off the books after this season and will have the room for next, which is when the recently signed contracts will count against the limit.

If there's anything to question, it's why we're already so anxious to fill in some spots when we don't entirely know where the NHL team stands.


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Are there other forwards in the NCAA better then Holmstrom that we should of signed instead or is he one of the best?

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Are there other forwards in the NCAA better then Holmstrom that we should of signed instead or is he one of the best?
there are better forwards out there, but some players are still in tournaments. There are also teams that could be headed to the NCAA hockey tournament .ie Bobby Butler of UNH and they wont be able to talk with NHL teams until their season is officially over or risk losing their eligibility.

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Holmstrom was named Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year

http://www.uscho.com/news/college-ho...ookiePick.html

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One of my good friends plays for UMass Lowell. I will have to get his opinion of his former teammate, now Flyers prospect.

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Good, free prospects are always good

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Can Holmstrom play goalie?

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Holmstrom was named Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year

http://www.uscho.com/news/college-ho...ookiePick.html
This. Let's face it, I'm a huge college hockey fan, but if a guy wasn't drafted or didn't put up over 50 points for his last 2 years, his potential NHL role is most likely going to be 4th liner. Holmstrom has those tools, I was able to see him for a handful of games. Not saying he's a surefire NHL 4th liner, but he is one of the better available undrafted guys in Hockey East, and received that award for good reason.

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Eh I dunno about that, the entire UML team pretty plays all-defense.

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Eh I dunno about that, the entire UML team pretty plays all-defense.
Well... I guess he was the best one at playing D right? lol

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Eh I dunno about that, the entire UML team pretty plays all-defense.
My buddy plays D for them. He was 2nd in points for D-men in Hockey East his Sophomore year.

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Well... I guess he was the best one at playing D right? lol
I guess, like I said in the other thread, he was never really a guy that jumped out at me.

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My buddy plays D for them. He was 2nd in points for D-men in Hockey East his Sophomore year.
...pretty sure he's a forward.

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...pretty sure he's a forward.
Sorry, I meant my friend did...not Holmstrom.

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