Flyers Prospect Breakdown: Ryan MacPherson, C, Penticton Bees, BCHL

The Player

MacPherson is going from Flyer to Flyer. As he spent two years playing for the Leamington Flyers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. During his time with the Leamington Flyers, the left-handed shooter tallied 39 goals and 74 assists in 113 games and won the 2023 Sutherland Cup.

Entering the NHL Draft this year, MacPherson was ranked 211th by NHL Central Scouting. Regarding physicality, MacPherson sits at 5’11”, weighing 167 pounds.

MacPherson will spend next year playing in the British Columbia Hockey League for Penticton and then will spend the 2024-25 season playing for the University of New Hampshire. Although it will be at least a few years until Flyers fans see him in orange and black, his presence will help the offense in future seasons. Drafted in the 6th round of the 2023 NHL draft, 172nd overall.

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Strengths

The BCHL is known as a “scoring league” where it’s easier to put up points compared to more competitive leagues. Meaning if a prospect cannot create opportunities for scoring in this league, they have a low chance of getting a look. Despite coming out of the BCHL, Ryan MacPherson.

 18, has encouraging numbers as a two-way forward. As a sixth-rounder, putting up the numbers he is, that’s very encouraging. Especially with the Flyers currently in a rebuilding phase. MacPherson has a chance to make a name for himself with a middle-six upside in the foreseeable future.

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Projection

After this season, MacPherson is committed to the University of New Hampshire, allowing scouts to see if his point totals can translate well to the college level. An 11-goal, 18-assist performance in 29 games is impressive, regardless of the level of competition.

MacPherson is a competitive two-way forward who provides a point-per-game on the Penticton Vees team, which currently leads the Interior BCHL division. He leads the club in points, is among the league leaders in goals and assists, and has been named a BCHL All-Star this season.

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