Two Flyers prospects are moving on.
The Philadelphia Flyers had four prospects playing in their league’s championship series. Morgan Frost and Matthew Strome faced off in the Ontario Hockey League championship series, German Rubtsov played in the QMJHL Finals for the President Cup, and Carter Hart played in the WHL Finals. Nearly two weeks later the number of Flyers prospects still playing has been cut in half from four to two.
Strome and the Hamilton Bulldogs won the OHL Championship, ending the season for Frost and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon. Shortly thereafter, Rubtsov won the President Cup with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and later that night Hart saw his season come to a close as the Everett Silvertips lost to the Swift Current Broncos in the WHL Finals.
Ontario Hockey League
Morgan Frost (Center, Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds)
2017 1st round pick (27th overall)
Frost was one of the best players in the OHL this season. He was voted as the best stickhandler and playmaker in the league, and finished second in voting for the OHL Most Outstanding Player award.
He came up clutch at times in the playoffs for the Greyhounds, earning the OHL and CHL Player of the Week award just last week. But he slowed down a bit in the finals and the Greyhounds couldn’t keep up with the Bulldogs.
Frost had three goals and four assists for seven points in the series loss in six games to Hamilton. He had a total of 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 24 playoff games.
The 2017 first-round pick will have a chance at making the Flyers roster in training camp, but another season in the OHL would not be surprising.
Playoffs total: 24 games, 10 goals, 19 assists, 29 points
Regular Season: 67 games, 42 goals, 70 assists, 112 points
Matthew Strome (Left Wing, Hamilton Bulldogs)
2017 4th round pick (106th overall)
Strome also slowed down as the playoffs moved along, but the Bulldogs pulled it out. He had the primary assist on the overtime winner in Game 1, but had just two points in the six-game series.
Strome has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 20 playoff games.
The Hamilton Bulldogs won the OHL Championship and will now move on to the Memorial Cup. They will play the host Regina Pats on Friday, WHL Champion Swift Current Broncos on Monday, and the QMJHL Champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Tuesday.
Playoffs total: 20 games, 4 goals, 14 assists, 18 points
Regular Season total: 65 games, 37 goals, 31 assists, 68 points
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
German Rubtsov (Center/Left Wing, Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
2016 1st round pick (22nd overall)
Rubtsov finally found a home and has settled in nicely. He hasn’t put up the offensive numbers that you’d hope for, but he’s playing a role on a championship team.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan won the President Cup by beating the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in six games. Rubtsov had one goal, and was named the first star for it, in the six-game series.
Rubtsov has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 19 playoff games.
The Titan will play WHL Champion Swift Current on Saturday, host Regina on Sunday, and OHL Champion Hamilton on Tuesday
Playoffs total: 19 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points
Regular Season total: 49 games, 15 goals, 28 assists, 43 points
Western Hockey League
Carter Hart (Goalie, Everett Silvertips)
2016 2nd round pick (48th overall)
Hart’s junior career has come to an end. The Everett Silvertips lost to the Swift Current Broncos in six games in the WHL Championship Series.
Hart ends the playoffs with a 14-5-3 record, compiling a .921 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average.
The Flyers’ goalie of the future will now go pro. He will likely spend all of next season with the Phantoms, but if he transitions well don’t rule out a NHL debut for Hart next season.
Playoffs total: 14-5-3-0, 618 saves on 671 shots (.921 SV%), 2.40 GAA, 2 SO
Regular Season total: 31-6-1-3, 1168 saves on 1233 shots (.947 SV%), 1.60 GAA, 7 SO
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