The Philadelphia Flyers have a few young studs already contributing at the NHL level, and they still have plenty more in the pipeline.
On Wednesday, ESPN released their top 100 NHL prospects heading into the 2019-20 NHL season. The Flyers have been a staple on lists like these with several prospects each year. And this year is no different.
The Flyers had four prospects named on the list, with Joel Farabee and Morgan Frost in a familiar position. Farabee and Frost are both battling for a roster spot on the Flyers, and they were ranked back-to-back on this list.
Farabee was the highest-ranked Flyers prospect, with Frost right behind him.
“26. Joel Farabee, LW, Philadelphia Flyers
Work ethic, skill, hockey sense and speed are all key elements of Farabee’s game and big reasons why this tenacious winger should immediately challenge for NHL time after a strong freshman campaign at Boston University last season.”
Farabee was college hockey’s Rookie of the Year with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 37 games. He had five points (three goals, two assists) in seven games at the World Junior Championship for Team USA.
“27. Morgan Frost, C, Philadelphia Flyers
An offensive dynamo, Frost has been among the top producers in the OHL over the past two seasons. Now looking to make the pro jump, the question remains if he’s ready for the NHL just yet while continuing to improve skating and pace of play.”
Frost had 109 points (37 goals, 72 assists) in 58 OHL games last season. He had eight points (four goals, four assists) in five games at the World Juniors for Team Canada. In his last two OHL seasons he had 221 points (79 goals, 142 assists) in 125 games.
The newly-drafted Cam York came in slightly behind Farabee and Frost. The No. 14 pick is ranked 34th overall, making him the ninth-highest defenseman on the list
“34. Cam York, D, Philadelphia Flyers
York processes the game at a high level and does all of the things that modern defensemen need to do well, especially when it comes to the transition game, in which he is especially advanced.”
York set a US National Team Development Program record for most points by a defenseman with 65 points (14 goals, 51 assists) in 63 games. He is a freshman at the University of Michigan this year.
Lastly, the Flyers have their next graduating defenseman to round out the list: Philippe Myers.
“85. Philippe Myers, D, Philadelphia Flyers
Everything came together for Myers last season. I thought he performed especially well in limited NHL time, showcasing his exceptional skating and driving that massive frame of his.”
Myers played in 21 games last season, making him still eligible for this list. He is a lock for the Flyers roster, likely playing second-pair minutes, and has all the makings of a top NHL defenseman.
Not only do the Flyers have four of the top 100 prospects in the NHL, they still have a deep prospect pool as well. ESPN ranked the Flyers’ prospect pool as seventh-best in the NHL.
“The Flyers always seem to have prospect depth, and even after graduating Carter Hart, there is still have a lot to like in their system. What the Flyers lack in elite prospects, they make up for in depth at multiple positions and a particularly exciting top end that is nearing NHL readiness. Joel Farabee has a real chance to make the NHL roster, while I think Morgan Frost could use some AHL seasoning before taking on the NHL pace. Big Phil Myers is ready for a full-time NHL role, too. Beyond Hart, the Flyers have another blue-chip goalie prospect in Samuel Ersson.”
The Flyers currently have several prospects in training camp battling for roster spots. Three of the four players on this list could very well see time in the NHL this season: Myers is a guarantee, and Farabee and Frost both have the potential to either start the year with the Flyers or see an in-season promotion if the big club needs a spark.