General Manager Ron Hextall announced that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed the final two of their first-three picks from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft to entry-level contracts on Thursday. Morgan Frost (27th overall) and Isaac Ratcliffe (35th overall) made huge impressions during the team’s development camp last month and have been rewarded with ELCs.
Frost, 18, recorded 62 points in 67 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last season. Hextall praised Frost’s hockey IQ as a key part of why the team traded up to grab him in the first round. His speed really was showcased during development camp and his hockey IQ was flashed a bit during the team’s 3-on-3 tournament. For a young player at just 18, it will only continue to grow.
As for Ratcliffe, the young forward is a whopping 6’5″, 200 before even putting skates on. He showed that he isn’t the stereotypical speed bump on the ice. In fact, he can skate rather impressively for his size. The Flyers picked Ratcliffe early in the second round, but many scouts had him going in the mid-to-late first round.
The team has now signed all three of their top selections from the 2017 Draft to entry-level contracts. It’s now only a matter of time before all three begin making an impact at the NHL level for the Flyers in the near future.