The Philadelphia Flyers 2017 draft class has had quite the month. While Nolan Patrick is still finding his footing in the NHL27th overall pick Morgan Frost has been on fire, and 34th overall pick Isaac Ratcliffe has certainly had his moments in the OHL as well.
The two high picks were each in action on Wednesday night, and their skillsets were on full display in their respective games. Frost was named the first star of the Greyhounds’ 6-3 win with his gorgeous goal and assist to continue his multi-point streak. Ratcliffe was also named a star of the night, the third star, in the Storm’s 6-3 win with two pretty primary assists.
Let’s start with Frost, who now has six-straight multi-point games. A goal and an assist on Wednesday gives him 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in his last six games.
His first point came while shorthanded. He skated the puck up the ice, faked a shot from his forehand, and slid a backhand pass to Boris Katchouk for a gorgeous shorthanded goal.
What a beautiful play by Frost.
One more look for good measure
That gave the Greyhounds a 3-1 lead late in the 1st period, and Frost added a nice goal of his own late in the 3rd period.
He got a pass in the neutral zone, weaved through the defense, and reached around to pot a great goal.
Frost made the defenders look foolish on the play for his second point of the night.
While Frost was leading his team to a 6-3 win, Ratcliffe was helping his team to a 6-3 victory of their own.
Ratcliffe gets most of his points near the blue paint, but he was in the defensive zone when he started the play that got Guelph on the board in the 1st period. He hit Nate Schnarr with a great stretch pass for a breakaway goal.
He wasn’t done there. Less than three minutes later he got the loose puck in the offensive zone, stickhandled around a defender, and fired a dangerous shot on net. Kaden Fulcher stretched out to deny him, but the rebound bounced right to Schnarr for his second of the game.
Ratcliffe finished the game with those two primary assists and two shots on goal. Hopefully this can help Ratcliffe get out of a cold stretch, he had just one point (a goal) in his previous three games.
Ratcliffe is still working his way up the leaderboard, but Frost is sitting pretty near the top.
Frost now has 44 points in 28 games, placing him 3rd in the OHL in points, 2nd in assists (30), and 1st in plus-minus (+30). The 18-year old didn’t get an invite to Canada’s World Junior camp, but he is having one hell of a year in the OHL. He is already two-thirds of the way to his point total from last year, when he recorded 62 points in 67 games.
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