Welcome back to my top ten prospect series.
Yesterday, we took a look at the farm system for Canada’s capital. The Sens had a solid pipeline for prospects that included Logan Brown, Drake Batherson, and Filip Chlapik. Today, we’re going to visit one half of the Pennsylvania NHL teams, the Philadelphia Flyers. Without further ado, let’s have a look.
1. Carter Hart (G, 2nd Round, 48th Overall in 2016)
This team has suffered numerous goalie woes the past eight years. Finally however, the Philidelphia Flyers may have found their future starter in Carter Hart. The Alberta native has improved his stats more and more each season since his draft day. While his AHL stats haven’t been great this year, he was recently called to the NHL where he’s had success. In 4 games, he sports a record of 2-2-0 with a GAA of .917 and a save percentage of 2.28.
2. Philippe Myers (D, Undrafted, Signed in 2015)
After going undrafted in 2015, Philippe Myers made it a goal of his to make other teams regret passing by him after signing with the Philadelphia Flyers. Myers has been getting better every season, currently in his second full AHL season with 22 points in 32 games. Along with Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Robert Hagg, the Flyers have done wonders for their defensive core with the 6’5 right-handed Myers now in the mix.
3. Morgan Frost (C, 1st Round, 27th Overall in 2017)
To put it bluntly, Frost has had no regard for the feelings of anybody he’s faced since his draft year. He has 58 points in 32 games for the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL and he’s currently at the World Juniors representing Team Canada where he’s off to an electric start with seven points in three games, including a hat trick in the tournament opener.
4. German Rubtsov (C, 1st Round, 22nd Overall in 2016)
After splitting time in his post draft year between the KHL and QMJHL, Rubtsov eventually opted to remain in North America for his development and he’s currently in his first AHL season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, having put up 10 points in 14 games so far. If he keeps up his production, he could be given an NHL look sooner rather than later.
5. Joel Farabee (LW, 1st Round, 14th Overall in 2018)
Farabee went 14th overall to the Flyers and so far it’s looking like a very good pick. After a successful couple of seasons with the USNTDP, the New York native is currently playing for Boston University where he has 11 points in 16 games. He’s also representing the States at the World Juniors where he has four points in three games.
6. Wade Allison (RW, 2nd Round, 52nd Overall in 2016)
A second round draft choice in 2016, Allision looks like a value pick for the Philadelphia Flyers so far. Despite being Canadian, he opted to play in the USHL in his draft year, moving on to NCAA afterwards. He bucked the usual trend of playing in the CHL like most Canadian prospects do. So far, Allison has four points in six games for Western Michigan University after finishing last year with 30 points in 22 games.
7. Jay O’Brien (C, 1st Round, 19th Overall in 2018)
After drafting Joel Farabee, the Philadelphia Flyers took a gamble and selected Jay O’Brien with their second 1st rounder at 19th overall. He’s off to a slow start with Providence College with only two points in his first 10 games. I however, am going to give him the benefit of the doubt seeing that he’s in his first college season. Especially since he wasn’t originally projected to go in the first round.
8. Tanner Laczynski (C, 6th Round, 169th Overall in 2016)
Laczynski made it all the way to the sixth round before someone finally took him, and so far it’s looking like a bit of a steal for the Flyers. The Illinois native currently has 16 points in 15 games playing for Ohio State University of the NCAA, and could be given a closer look at the pro level if he keeps up his play.
9. Samuel Morin (D, 1st Round, 11th Overall in 2013)
The Flyers drafted Morin, a hulking defender at 6’6 and 203 lbs at 11th overall in 2013. While his offensive totals have been nothing to write home about, his defensive game is very good. He unfortunately suffered a torn ACL in the middle of last season that will be keeping him out until the new year. He would require waivers if the Philadelphia Flyers want to send him to the AHL, so he will be getting a taste of NHL action when he gets back.
10. Isaac Ratcliffe (LW, 2nd Round, 35th Overall in 2017)
A towering left winger standing at 6’6 and 203 lbs, Ratcliffe is looking like a surefire future NHL power forward with 34 points in 32 games with the Guelph Storm so far. He loves to play a physical game and throw the body, so he’ll fit in with the Flyers culture when he makes the team in the future.
stats from eliteprospects.com
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals