The Ontario Hockey League announced their 2017-18 award finalists on Wednesday, and the Philadelphia Flyers have a pair of prospects looking to take home a trophy.
2017 draft picks Morgan Frost (1st round, 27th overall) and Isaac Ratcliffe (2nd round, 35th overall) were each nominated by their team as a finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually by the Ontario Hockey League to the most outstanding player (MVP) as voted by OHL writers and broadcasters.
Frost was already voted as the smartest player as well as the best stickhandler and player by OHL coaches, and for good reason. He was one of the best forwards in the OHL and should be among the top vote-getters, if not the top vote-getter to win the award. He helped lead the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to a 55-7-3-3 record.
Frost ended the season among the top players in each major statistical category. He had 42 goals (T-3rd), 70 assists (T-1st), 112 points (2nd), +70 (1st), 45 primary assists (1st), 87 primary points (1st), 74 even-strength points (1st), 57 ES primary points (57).
Ratcliffe, while not having astronomical numbers like Frost, put together a strong season himself for the Guelph Storm. He hit career-highs in goals (41), assists (27), and points (68) in 67 games this season. He added nine points (five goals, four assists) in a six-game series loss in the playoffs.
Nolan Patrick will be the crown jewel of the Flyers’ draft class, obviously, and Frost is projecting to become a great player as well, but Ratcliffe, the Flyers’ third selection in the draft, is trending upward too.
The award winners will be announced over the course of the OHL playoffs.
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