The cupboard is full.
The Philadelphia Flyers are in the thick of the playoff race as we head towards the home stretch, and their future is looking good as well.
Craig Button of TSN released his top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects earlier this week, and the Flyers are well represented. The Canucks lead the way with five, but the Flyers are right behind them with four prospects on the list, which is the second most in the league.
Among the four are two forwards, one defenseman, and one goalie. Carter Hart (19th) is the highest Flyers prospect on the list, with Philippe Myers (30th), Morgan Frost (33rd) in the middle, and German Rubtsov (47th) rounding out the group.
#19 – Carter Hart
Hart, a goaltender in the Western Hockey League, is putting up historic numbers in his final junior season. He leads the league in goals against average (1.57) by over a goal, save percentage (.951) by nearly 40 percentage points, and shutouts (6) by one, despite missing time with mono. He also backstopped Team Canda to a gold medal at the World Junior Championship.
Hart has been touted as one of the best goalie prospects in a while, and has drawn comparisons to Carey Price. He will turn pro next season, and we could see him with the Flyers by 2020.
#30 – Philippe Myers
Myers has dealt with some injuries in his first professional season, but he has played well when in the lineup. Myers has played in 31 of the Phantoms’ 48 games, with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and a plus-five rating. He is currently playing on the top pair with Travis Sanheim, who was on the list last year and since graduated, and those two have played well together.
Myers will finish out his first professional season with the Phantoms and have an outside chance at making the Flyers next season. However, in all likelihood he will start next year with the Phantoms.
#33 – Morgan Frost
Frost has become one of the prospects to watch. He leads the OHL in points, and is among the top five in all major statistical categories. He has had several impressive point streaks, and is currently riding a seven-game streak after snapping a 20-game point streak. Frost has an impressive 85 points (30 goals, 55 assists) and a plus-55 rating in 50 games this season.
Frost is still 18 years old, but he has the skills and hockey sense to develop into a top-six center at the NHL level.
#47 – German Rubtsov
Rubtsov has disappointed this season a bit in terms of offensive numbers, but he has the skillset and pedigree to be a solid NHL center. He isn’t lighting the world on fire with just 34 points in 35 games, and he’s missed the last few with an injury, but he has shown what he can do offensively throughout his junior career. His ceiling might not be as high as others, but his floor seems to be at least a bottom-six forward, if not middle-six.
The Flyers opted to send Rubtsov back to juniors rather than keep him with the Phantoms, so he’ll likely get a look there next season. He could join the Phantoms for the playoffs if the timing is right with this junior team.
The Flyers are set up for success in both the short-term and the long-term. They are competing for a playoff spot with the current roster, and are grooming their prospects to replace their aging veterans in the coming years (if not months).
Travis Konecny and Nolan Patrick are just two of the several young players that the Flyers currently have on their roster, with a deep prospect pool at each position developing as well.
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