NHL Prospect Watch: Philadelphia Flyers’ Luke Pither

November 20th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
When your name is among offensive leaders like Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, everyone  assumes you've already been drafted and are getting ready to jump into the NHL.

But not Luke Pither.

“I think it made me work harder,” said Pither on going undrafted by the NHL every year he was eligible. “It gave me different situations. It just builds you as a player. And to eventually get it in my overage season, it was great. It helped me grow my game.”

A 6-foot, 194-pound center from Burketon, Ont., Pither was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers on March 4, 2010 as an unrestricted free agent.

“Early in his draft year, he was probably a bit smaller and that’s one thing that could’ve happened,” said Flyers director of player development Don Luce.

“Maybe he was too offensive and didn’t do any defensive work at all. There’s so many reasons, so who knows why? He’s a real good skater, but he probably wasn’t at his best then. Some guys don’t put it all together until they’re 19 years old. He’s one of those kids that just came along late. He j ...

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