Morgan Frost is on fire.
The Philadelphia Flyers traded Brayden Schenn at the NHL Entry Draft this June in Chicago for Jori Lehtera and two first-round draft picks. One of those picks was used right then to draft a speedy forward from Ontario. That speedy forward is lighting up the OHL and moved into a tie for fifth-most points in the league after a four-point night on Thursday.
Frost had a dry spell to begin the season, but he has been on an absolute tear since the middle of October. He continued that on Thursday night with a goal and three assists to help the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds beat the Peterborough Petes, 7-5.
Frost’s first point of the night was a modest one. He won a board battle, threaded a pass between two defenders, and his linemate Connor Timmins did the rest for the goal.
Frost did a good job of turning off the wall and getting the puck into the slot.
His second assist of the night came in a similar fashion. He turned at the bottom of the circle and fed Timmins in the high slot. Timmins dangled through the defense for a highlight-reel goal as Frost helped in front.
Timmins did the heavy lifting for the goal, but Frost got to the front of the net to provide a passing option, or a decoy, for his linemate.
Then Frost got on the board himself.
Boris Katchouk passed it to Frost, who found a seam in the defense, and the Flyers prospect netted a backhand goal.
That turned out to be the game-winning goal, and Frost helped sealed it as well.
He got his fourth point of the night as the secondary assist on an empty-net goal. That doesn’t sound all that great, but Frost got the puck out of the zone along the wall which led to the empty-netter.
Four points is a lot for anyone, but not for Frost apparently. It’s the second time he’s done it in three games, as he also scored a goal and picked up three assists last Friday against Kitchener.
Frost is riding a four-game multi-point streak, with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in that span. Along with those 12 points in his last four games, he has 19 points in his last nine games, 26 in his last 13, and 35 in his last 19.
On the season Frost now has 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) in 26 games. He is tied for fourth in points, and second in assists in the OHL. He also leads the league with a plus/minus of +28.
You never want to overhype a prospect, or get too excited about someone this far away from the NHL, but Frost has shown many promising signs this season. The large majority of his points are primary points, and he is among the league leaders in overall points, assists, and leads the league in plus-minus, which is about as advanced of a stat as you can get in the CHL.
Frost has been turning heads this season and there’s no reason to expect that to stop anytime soon.
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