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Farabee, Frost preparing for chances with Flyers this season

Forward prospects looking to get stronger ahead of training camp

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

STONE HARBOR, N.J. -- Joel Farabee and Morgan Frost each is ready to start his professional hockey career this season. Their offseason work will go a long way toward determining whether that will be with the Philadelphia Flyers or in the American Hockey League.

Farabee, a 19-year-old forward selected with the No. 14 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract March 25 after he had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 37 games as a freshman at Boston University last season.

"Just having a good year there and talking to the coaches there and talking to the [Flyers] staff, they thought my game really translated well to pro hockey," Farabee said during Flyers development camp in June. "I felt after having a good year at BU I was ready to make the jump."


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Flyers development coach John Riley said there was season-long growth in Farabee's game.

"He's such a clever player," Riley said. "He has great anticipation skills, he's got great puck skill. He sees the ice so well. … As the season went on, you could see him adjusting, see him figuring things out to get better and better and better."

Continued physical development is key for Farabee, who was 6-foot, 164 pounds when he was drafted by Philadelphia but said his weight and strength are on the rise. He has spent most of the offseason working out at the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, New Jersey, and will return there after he finishes playing for the United States at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan, on Saturday.

"Just getting stronger in the weight room and stuff, putting on as much weight as I possibly can is something I'm doing right now," he said. "I'd like to get to 180 (pounds) by the start of the season, that's my goal. I'm 175 right now."

Physical development also is key for Frost (5-11, 170), the No. 27 selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. The center tied for third in the Ontario Hockey League with 109 points (37 goals, 72 assists) in 58 games with Sault Ste. Marie last season. It was his second straight 100-point season, after he had 112 points (42 goals, 70 assists) in 67 games in 2017-18.

"You can see the way he thinks the game and sees the ice," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said. "He can make plays. Whether he's ready physically to handle the rigors of the NHL, training camp will dictate that."

Frost has grown from an 18-year-old with braces at his first development camp to a more mature 20-year-old heading into his third NHL training camp.

"I think the obvious thing is getting stronger and faster and maturing my game," he said. "Other than that, a lot of it is preparing yourself mentally for what's to come at camp and trying to make the team.

"It's about being a pro on and off the ice. My first [training camp] I didn't really get to spend much time with the pros, but last year I got a decent experience with them and see how they handle themselves every day, practicing with them and I played in one preseason game. Got my feet wet. Now I'm ready to take that next step."

Farabee and Frost each will get to showcase himself when training camp opens in September. The only obvious opening in the Flyers' top-nine forward group is at right wing on the third line, which would require a position shift for Farabee (left wing) and Frost, but general manager Chuck Fletcher won't close any doors.

"We have a lot of options," Fletcher said. "That's what training camp is for. It's an opportunity for players to come in and show that they belong. It should be an exciting camp."

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