Flyers Prospect Breakdown: Alex Bump, LW, Western Michigan, NCAA

The Player

Flyers 5th round pick #133 overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. Bump had a bit of a rocky road getting to the NCAA. He was originally committed to Vermont, but after Vermont’s coach was fired for inappropriately communicating with a female student, Bump transferred to Western Michigan in August of this year, not being able to join the team on ice until September.

Bump, at 20, is the youngest player on a very old Western Michigan team where most of the rest of the team’s top 9 forwards are in their 4th or 5th year in the NCAA. Bump wasn’t even the biggest transfer this season with WMU picking up former 36th Overall and WJC participant Sam Colangelo.

He has scored one goal, three assists, and four points in his last five games, with a positive plus/minus. In total Bump has 13 goals, 21 assists, and 34 points in 37 contests. These are promising signs he can become a reliable everyday NHL player and a reliable penalty killer.

During February, Bump tied for the league lead in goals with five and was second in the NCHC with nine points. He also had four assists, one game-winning goal, and a +3 rating. 

The Prior Lake, Minn. native had at least one point in five of his six games and tallied a pair of three-point games. Early in the month, he helped the Broncos pick up a 6-1 victory over Omaha with a two-goal, one-assist performance. In that game, he tallied the primary assist on the game-winning goal and had two goals in the third period. 

His other three-point night came in the national spotlight with CBS Sports Network televising the WMU versus St. Cloud State contest on Feb. 23. Bump scored or assisted on three of the team’s four goals, including his game-winning goal in overtime. 

To secure a 4-3 victory, the young winger used a nice toe-drag move to create some space in the middle of the ice and buried a shot by SCSU goaltender Isak Posch. 

On the season, Bump has been one of the nation’s best freshmen. In 30 games, he has 27 points on 11 goals and 16 assists. All three of those marks are top-20 in the conference and top-five among rookies in the league.  
 

Projection

People may look at this and say, “So what?” citing that neither is a superstar and we have depth players. We have more highly touted prospects and these are just guys with some of the numbers. And we do have a wealth of young talent in the pros already with some super start talent coming our way in Matvei Michkov.

 But these two players are two of the best players the Flyers have had come through the NCAA with only JVR and Farabee being the only prospects to have better 1st or 2nd seasons (outside of somebody traded to the Ducks), and only Brink has had a better U21 season.

Bump doesn’t have 1st round pedigrees but he has stats just as good or better than guys who have made the NHL. He may be in the 7th-9th range of Flyers 23 and under forwards, but with depth like this the younger players will all push each other, creating better players and having the best ones break through. Bump has high-end skill and if he can make the jump to the NHL could be a real impact player.

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Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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