The Philadelphia Flyers 2017 draft class had quite the night on Friday. Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe, and Matthew Strome all picked up at least two points, including a goal, in their team’s respective games.
2nd overall pick Nolan Patrick could be back soon, but in the meantime the other draft picks are doing their thing in the OHL.
Morgan Frost (1st Round, 27th Overall)
Frost scored two pretty nice goals on Friday night.
The first came late in the 1st period while shorthanded. He entered the zone with Boris Katchouk on a two-on-two rush, dropped the puck to him, then got it back for a one-time goal.
A great finish by Frost. He made no mistake about it.
Then, in the 2nd period, Frost put his hand-eye coordination to work in front of the net. He batted a rebound out of midair to tally his second goal on the night.
A frosty finish.
Frost finished the game with those two goals, a plus-one rating, and four shots on goal. He’s off to a great start this season with 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 19 games so far.
Isaac Ratcliffe, 2nd Round (35th Overall)
Ratcliffe matched Frost with two goals of his own on Friday night.
His first came in very Ratcliffe-like fashion. The big man was hanging out near the crease and cleaned up the rebound to put his team up 4-0 in the 2nd period.
His second goal also came near the crease, but on a much nicer play. Ratcliffe finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play with a one-time finish, much like Frost’s first tally.
He put it home with ease.
Ratcliffe was named the first star of the game thanks to his two goals, plus-two rating, and four shots on goal. He’s had a slower start to his season, but now has 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) in 17 games with Guelph.
Matthew Strome, 4th Round (106th Overall)
The forgotten Strome brother has had a solid season for a fourth-round pick.
Strome picked up a goal and two* assists on Friday night. *One assist may be taken away after further review
Strome helped his team get on the board in the first minute of the game by getting the puck back to the point, which led to a goal.
He was given the second assist on the play, and we’ll take it.
He then got a goal of his own later in the period. Strome was the third man on a rush, got a cross-ice pass, and roofed a wrister past the netminder.
It was a good shot from Strome, which is one of his strong points.
Strome picked up another secondary assist later in the game in front of the net. He battled for the loose puck before his teammate put it home.
Strome was named the second star of the game thanks to his goal, two assists, plus-two rating, and three shots on goal. He now has 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in 16 games this season.
Almost all of the Flyers prospects are off to good starts this season. Last weekend Wade Allison picked up a hat trick in a five-point weekend sweep of the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, these three had big nights on Friday, and stay tuned for more on German Rubtsov who is lighting up the QMJHL with his new team.
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