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DAY 3: A Springboard to 2018-19

Frost, Strome and others from 2017 Draft Class share their experience in Camp No. 2

by @NHLFlyers

After two days of off-ice and three on-ice days, the Class of 2017 are no strangers as to what they can expect from a camp like this. They also know a little better on how they can use this camp to springboard them into Flyers training camp in the Fall and wherever they end up playing their 2018-19 season.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Step on the ice with the #Flyers prospects at development camp...

While Nolan Patrick made the transition to the NHL immediately, Morgan Frost (selected at 27th overall in 2017) had a breakthrough season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He posted 112 points to finished second in the entire OHL, doubling his goal output from 20 goals to 42, and led all players throughout the entire CHL with a +70 rating.

As to what he took away from last camp and is leaning on at this year's camp - his shot was one of the first things mentioned.


FROST: "We talk about putting the puck in your hip pocket and the way you get off shots. I don't consider myself much of a shooter, so it's nice to learn some new things about how to release the puck and how you can make your shot better."

A fourth rounder (106th overall) who got to know Frost first-hand throughout the season was Matthew Strome. Strome is just one of two Flyers at camp to have played in the Memorial Cup (along with German Rubtsov, who eventually won the title with Acadie-Bathurst). Strome and the Hamilton Bulldogs won the OHL title to advance, but in doing so knocked out Frost and the Soo in a tough seven-game series.

STROME: "A little bit," said Strome of the chatter between the two. "If I got next to him on a face-off, I'd talk to him a bit but we were both two very focused guys who always want to win. So at some points yes, but at other points we were really focused into the game." 

Strome also noted that the one aspect he picked up from camp last year and worked on was pace of play on the ice.

STROME: "The pace of play here at rookie camp, the drills that we were doing were really high-paced drills so I'm just trying to go back into Hamilton and I'm going to try and practice at that same pace every day. I think that was a really big thing for me."

Video: 2018 Development Camp: Matthew Strome

As for another "Bulldog", Noah Cates, the high school standout from last year that the Flyers took in the fifth round, spent his first full year in the USHL. After a slow start, he finished with 55 points (21g-34a) in 60 games and added three points in four playoff games. Cates scored 15 of his 21 goals in a 30-game span from Jan. 14-Apr. 7, and 41 of his 55 points in his final 38 games.

CATES: "Right after Christmas break, I got home and talked to my brother. He was having a great year with us. I wanted to see what he was doing and seeing his habits kind of helped me put it all together. I realized that if you're consistent, if you're doing the right things all the right way, it will pay off."

Cates will now be joining the defending National Champs, the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, for his freshman season in the Fall. He'll also continue to have that familiar face beside him, his brother Jackson.

ADDED CATES: "It's going to be so exciting coming off a championship and going in with my brother. School and hockey, there's nothing better in a town like Duluth so I'm excited... This is a great camp to get started on working on stuff for the fall and to have in your pocket to get ready for the season."

Some other things of note from the day...

* FlyersTV got ON the ice with the prospects today to film skating & puckhandling drills. Get a look at that below...

* 14th overall pick, Joel Farabee, took some time out from his scheduled break between morning & night sessions to answer fan questions on Twitter. Check out what he had to say here

SCHEDULE NOTE: Ice times for Sunday morning's session are a different from the previous days:

Goalie Group A (Hart, Sandstrom & Tomek): 9:15-10:30

Goalie Group B (Ersson, Fedotov & Ustimenko): 10:45-12:00

Forwards/Defense 1: 9:15-10:30

Forwards/Defense 2: 10:45-12:00


GROUP 1: 9:15-10:30

(G) Kirill Ustimenko

(G) Ivan Fedotov

(G) Samuel Ersson

(D) Philippe Myers

(D) Wyatte Wylie

(D) David Drake

(D) Linus Hogberg

(D) Adam Ginning

(F) Mikhail Vorobyev

(F) Gavin Hain

(F) Jay O'Brien

(F) Maksim Sushko

(F) Ollie Lycksell

(F) Pascal Laberge

(F) Matthew Strome


GROUP 2: 10:45-12:00

(G) Felix Sandstrom

(G) Carter Hart

(G) Matej Tomek

(D) Mark Friedman

(D) Jack St. Ivany

(D) James De Haas

(D) Wyatt Kalynuk

(D) David Bernhardt

(F) Marcus Westfalt

(F) Joel Farabee

(F) German Rubtsov

(F) Morgan Frost

(F) Noah Cates

(F) Isaac Ratcliffe

(F) Carsen Twarynski

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