Future Watch: Anthony Stolarz Rookie Hockey Cards, Flyers – Arguably the #1 goalie prospect in the Philadelphia Flyers system, Anthony Stolarz has a promising future. He was drafted 45th overall in 2012 and after overcoming a few injuries, he seems poised to challenge for a roster spot next season.
At 22, he’s played two seasons with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL. He has only played in 78 games so another season there would be good for his development. Very few goalies play in the NHL at this age. Many times they hit their peak around 24 or 25.
At 6′-6″, 232lbs he’a a physical specimen. He plays a very aggressive game while playing the angles well and showing off a good glove hand. The Jackson, New Jersey native has all the tools that you’d want in a 21st century netminder.
Last season, he was named to the AHL All-Star team. In a game in March, he had a remarkable, franchise record of 51 saves in one game. This budding prospect has been called up numerous times but has never played in a single game for the Flyers.
Unlike position players, who must play in a game to be officially rookie eligible for trading cards, goalies only need to be called-up. As a result, Anthony Stolarz does have a Young Guns rookie card in 2015-16 Series 2 Upper Deck Hockey. He also has an Ice Premiere Rookie as well as NHL licensed rookie cards in this year’s O-Pee-Chee, Trilogy and 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum sets as well. Some of Stolarz better, pre-rookie cards can be found in 2015-16 Leaf/ITG Final Vault and 2015-16 Upper Deck AHL Hockey.
With two goalies ahead of him in Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, he has to wait his turn. Many think he’s ready, so this season if injuries occur, like last season, he may finally see some NHL action.
Here’s a look at him in action: