Flyers Prospect Breakdown: Mason Millman, D, Leigh Valley Phantoms, AHL

The Player

Millman was drafted by the Flyers in the 4th round 103rd overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. He played his Minor Midget AAA hockey with the London Jr Knights during the 2016-2017 season, compiling 5 goals and 14 assists in 33 games. He would add a goal and 8 helpers in 11 playoff matchups, and a goal and 2 assists at 6 OHL Cup games. Millman is a puck-moving defenseman with very good skating abilities and excellent lateral movement.

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In the offensive zone, he makes quick, decisive decisions with a knack for pinching at the right time to keep plays alive. He sees the ice extremely well and can deliver tape-to-tape passes. He can quarterback the powerplay and shows great abilities there walking the line and playing patiently waiting for lanes to open.

However, his shot from the point is weak and doesn’t always get it through. It needs some work and some of that may come as he adds some strength. His low shots on goal total (86) may speak to a lack of confidence in his shot as well. Millman finished seventh among draft-eligible players in scoring. Millman’s ability to use his hockey smarts defensively is a big help.

He understands his first responsibility as a defender is to look after his zone, and he usually finds himself in the right position to defend. His skating, especially his lateral movement allows him to angle off opponents extremely well. He keeps his gaps close and has a decent reach but would like to see a more active stick. I would also like to see him take the body more. He has the size, but the frame isn’t quite there yet.

Millman can move the puck out of the D-zone and into transition. He can skate it out of the zone, but you are more likely to see him move the puck with stellar passing abilities. He picks his spots on when to jump into the play but has shown himself to be effective in transition.

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