With the Philadelphia Flyers off to a historically bad 1-5 start, fans may start looking to the future unless things improve drastically.
The Flyers do not have the best prospect pool, but there are a few young talents who may get called up sooner than expected due to the state of things at the NHL level.
There are just a few minor changes to my last prospect update; I added their top 2013 draft picks and removed Jason Akeson, who did not make the Flyers roster out of training camp and is heading for his third season with the Phantoms in the AHL.
Here are the latest updates on the Flyers' top prospects.
Nick Cousins had a great training camp and preseason with the Flyers before getting sent to the AHL for the start of the 2013-14 season.
But the 5'11" center showed a lot of potential in his brief preseason stint. He plays with a lot of energy but also displays surprisingly good puck-handling ability.
He has two assists in the Phantoms' first three games this season. Keep an eye on him as a possible call-up if injuries pile up for the Flyers.
The Flyers briefly created some buzz after signing 11th-overall pick Samuel Morin to an entry-level deal during training camp, but they ended up loaning him back to juniors as expected.
Morin suffered a hand injury and has only played in three games with Rimouski of the QMJHL, but he's been productive so far with a goal and assist to go along with seven shots on goal.
The towering 6'6" defenseman was impressive during the preseason but ultimately needs some more time to develop before heading to the NHL.
After a good—but not great—preseason with the Flyers, No. 1 prospect Scott Laughton was loaned back to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.
While many people still just think of him as a gritty two-way center, he has proven time and time again that he has a lot more upside than that.
After tearing up the OHL last year, Laughton has 12 points in his first five games back for Oshawa and was named the OHL Player of the Week in his first week back.
It's just a matter of time before he gets the call to the NHL.
While Steve Mason has looked good for the Flyers so far, they may have a legitimate top goalie prospect on their hands in Anthony Stolarz.
Stolarz should make the trip with the USA Juniors team to the World Championships in December, but it's his play in the OHL this year that has been so encouraging.
He is 6-0-0 so far this year with a league-best 0.937 save percentage for the London Knights. It will be exciting to watch Stolarz continue to grow as a player.
A 2013 second-round selection of the Flyers, defenseman Robert Hagg may be the most unknown of all the team's prospects at this point because he did not partake in Philadelphia's training camp this September.
But Hagg is a good two-way defenseman who went straight back to Modo of the Swedish Elite League, where the 18-year-old will face very good competition and have a couple years to develop.
He has two assists in Modo's first 12 games of this season. Don't expect too much news about Hagg again until the World Juniors this December.
Shayne Gostisbehere is, like Hagg, a bit of an unknown because he has not participated in a training camp with the Flyers thus far.
He spent this September preparing for his junior season with Union College, where he has been a solid contributor on the blue line.
Gostisbehere is too old to play in the World Junior Championships this winter, but he should be one of the better defensemen in the NCAA. He has three assists and nine shots on goal in Union's first two games this season.