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Top prospects for Philadelphia Flyers

Farabee, Frost, Myers expected to make immediate impact in NHL

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the top five prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers, according to NHL.com.

 

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1. Joel Farabee, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 14 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

Last season: Boston University (NCAA): 37 GP, 17-19-36

Farabee (6-foot, 164 pounds) signed his entry-level contract March 25, feeling his game had developed enough after one college season. His blend of high-end hockey sense and offensive skill makes him a candidate for an NHL spot this season at 19 years old.

"He's such a clever player," Flyers development coach John Riley said. "He has great anticipation skills, he's got great puck skill, he sees the ice so well. We saw him several times throughout [last season], at the beginning, in the middle, the (2019) World Juniors, the end. … As the season went on, you could see him adjusting, see him figuring things out to get better and better and better.

"He feels he's ready so we're excited to have him."

Projected NHL arrival: This season

Video: Flyers come in at No. 4 in Prospect Pipeline

 

2. Morgan Frost, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 27 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

Last season: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): 58 GP, 37-72-109

Frost (5-11, 170) will begin his professional career after his second straight 100-point season in the Ontario Hockey League. The 20-year-old's offensive skills have been supplemented by physical maturity and confidence. He could force his way into a bottom-six forward spot in the NHL or play a top-six role with Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League to start the season.

"His hockey IQ and his vision and his playmaking ability, they were always there," Riley said. "They improved, continued to get better. … He's embraced that idea of growing up and becoming a pro, and here he is. I'm excited about where he ends up, in Philly or in Lehigh Valley."

Projected NHL arrival: This season

 

3. Philippe Myers, D

How acquired: Signed as free agent Sept. 21, 2015

Last season: Philadelphia (NHL): 21 GP, 1-1-2; Lehigh Valley (AHL): 53 GP, 9-24-33

Myers made his NHL debut Feb. 17 and averaged 15:22 of ice time. His size (6-5, 210), skating ability and right-handed shot have the 22-year-old poised for full-time NHL work. His production is one reason the Flyers traded Radko Gudas, their top right-shot defenseman and physical presence last season.

"I thought he stepped in and performed really well," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said. "You never know how guys are going to get through the nerves and reactions, but with his size and range I thought he kept it simple. … He's still got the big shot, he's long on the defensive side of things, he skates, he's strong. He's a guy that's an exciting package."

Projected NHL arrival: This season

Video: WSH@PHI: Myers snaps home wrister for first NHL goal

 

4. Cameron York, D

How acquired: Selected with No. 14 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

Last season: USA U-18 (NTDP): 63 GP, 14-51-65

York (5-11, 175) set the single-season points record for defensemen with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team last season, but the 18-year-old felt his defensive play was overlooked. He'll continue to grow his game at the University of Michigan this season.

"We never had concerns on the defensive side," Flahr said. "I think his hockey sense on the defensive side is pretty unique. His feet allow him to defend, he's got an elite stick, he understands time and space, does a good job baiting people and taking pucks away. He does a lot of things that just come naturally to him. It's exciting."

Projected NHL arrival: 2021-22

 

5. Isaac Ratcliffe, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 35 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

Last season: Guelph (OHL): 65 GP, 50-32-82

The 20-year-old forward (6-6, 200) was tied for fifth in the OHL in goals last season and was third in the OHL playoffs in goals (15) and points (30) to help Guelph reach the Memorial Cup. Ratcliffe also won the Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy, presented each season to the OHL captain who best exemplifies character and commitment.

"He's gotten physically a lot stronger from his draft year," Flahr said. "He's a 6-6 guy with quality hands and an NHL shot. He can score, he has good touch around the net, he's a great kid, got a great work ethic. For him, it's learning to use his body, becoming a power forward and not just a skill guy."

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

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