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Future Flyers Report — Laczynski helps Ohio State reach Frozen Four

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Future Flyers Report — Laczynski helps Ohio State reach Frozen Four

Before this week begins, it’s time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects.

Tanner Laczynski, C, 20, 6-1/191, Ohio State (NCAA)
Laczynski helped No. 1 Ohio State advance to its first Frozen Four since 1997-98 last weekend.

The junior registered a goal and an assist as the Buckeyes beat No. 4 Princeton, 4-2, Saturday. In OSU’s second-round matchup Sunday night, a 5-1 win over No. 2 Denver, Laczynski had a primary assist.

Ohio State will face No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth Thursday night for a chance to advance to its first-ever hockey national championship game.

Philippe Myers, D, 21, 6-5/209, Lehigh Valley (AHL)
Myers’ first professional season has been met with injuries, growing pains and plenty of positives. Perhaps it’s best described as expected. Still, Myers is an exciting defenseman.

Over the weekend, Myers had a goal and an assist but finished as a minus-3 in two games as the Phantoms clinched their playoff berth. He has one goal and three assists in his last six games.

The numbers aren’t eye-popping, and he’s missed time with a groin injury, but overall, it’s been an encouraging first pro campaign for Myers, who has five goals and 21 points and a plus-12 rating in 50 games. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets a legit look at next year’s training camp.

Mikhail Vorobyev, C, 21, 6-2/207, Lehigh Valley (AHL)
With Valtteri Filppula coming off the books this summer, the Flyers should have an open competition for a center spot in their bottom six in the fall. Vorobyev is a name to watch.

Vorobyev picked up an assist Friday night in Lehigh Valley’s 5-4 overtime loss to Providence, and while he was pointless Saturday, the Russian has 10 points in his last 11 games.

If you recall this past training camp, Vorobyev had an impressive showing. He didn’t have a realistic shot at making the Flyers, but he flashed glimpses of what makes him an intriguing prospect. With his first season in North American almost over, Vorobyev should have a better shot in 2018-19 to make the big club.

Quick Hits
• Morgan Frost had a monster Game 2 for Sault Ste. Marie, who went up 2-0 on Saginaw. Frost had two goals and an assist in the 8-0 win. He had an assist in Game 1. Game 3 is tonight.

• Matthew Strome tallied a goal and two assists in Hamilton’s 6-3 win over Ottawa in Game 1 Thursday. He had an assist in Game 2 Sunday.

• Pascal Laberge carried his hot streak into the postseason, posting back-to-back multi-point games for Quebec, who’s tied 1-1 in its best-of-seven series with Charlottetown.

• A rare clunker Saturday night from Carter Hart, who allowed five goals in Everett’s 5-4 loss to Seattle in Game 2 of its playoff series.

Up next for Flyers prospect Cooper Marody, the NCAA Tournament

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Up next for Flyers prospect Cooper Marody, the NCAA Tournament

Before this week begins, it’s time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects.

Cooper Marody, C, 21, 6-1/185, Michigan (NCAA)
Marody did all he could, but it wasn’t enough to send Michigan to the Big Ten title game.

Still, the No. 11-ranked Wolverines are a near lock for the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday, Marody potted two goals against No. 6 Ohio State, but Michigan fell, 3-2, in overtime.

The junior leads Michigan with 32 assists and 46 points in 37 games. His 14 goals are second on the Wolverines. Nationally, Marody’s 32 helpers are second-most and his 46 points are tied for seventh.

Pascal Laberge, C, 19, 6-1/162, Quebec (QMJHL)
Make it eight straight for Laberge.

Laberge extended his point streak to eight games last week, adding two assists Thursday and a goal and an assist Friday.

During his streak, Laberge has collected five goals and 13 points. Following a trade to Quebec, Laberge has started to find the consistency that’s been missing over the past two seasons.

In his last 27 games, Laberge has 11 goals and 15 assists — he was pointless in his first three games with the Remparts. On the season, Laberge has 17 goals and 46 points.

Morgan Frost, C, 18, 5-11/172, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
With the OHL season winding down, time is running out for Frost to regain the scoring lead.

But it’s still possible.

Frost’s point streak reached 11 games last week. During this streak, he has 11 assists and 19 points. In 64 games, Frost has 40 goals (fourth), 67 assists (second) and 107 points (second).

Not only does Frost’s plus-68 rating lead the OHL but it also leads all of the CHL.

The centerman trails Barrie’s Aaron Luchuk (110 points) for the OHL scoring lead.

Quick Hits
• OSU’s Tanner Laczynski picked up the primary assist on Matthew Weis’ OT winner Saturday.

The Buckeyes will face No. 5 Notre Dame Saturday in the Big Ten championship game.

• Isaac Ratcliffe had a goal and an assist in three games for Guelph, and while he did not score on this breakaway Saturday, he did flash some silky hands.

• Matthew Strome had a two-goal game Saturday vs. Niagara. He leads Hamilton with 37 goals.

• German Rubtsov is working with a point streak of his own, as the 2016 first-round pick had a goal and two assists in three games. He has seven points during his five-game point streak.

• Carter Hart’s ridiculous 2017-18 season continued. He stopped 62 of 66 shots in two games. His six-game win streak ended Sunday night with a 2-0 loss.

• Phantoms center Mikhail Vorobyev added a goal and two more assists. He has four assists and seven points in his past six games.

• Owen Sound’s Maksim Sushko tallied his 30th goal. Four of the Flyers’ 2017 draft picks have reached the 30-goal mark this season. Sushko joins Frost, Strome and Ratcliffe in that club.

Morgan Frost, welcome to the Century Club

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Morgan Frost, welcome to the Century Club

Before this week begins, it’s time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects.

Morgan Frost, C, 18, 5-11/172, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
It was only a matter of when and when came last Friday.

Frost joined the century club with his 38th goal of the season against Sarnia.

The 18-year-old became just the second Greyhounds player to crack 100 points in the past 20 years. The other? Yep, you guessed it, former Flyer Nick Cousins.

While Frost no longer leads the OHL in scoring or assists, he remains among the leaders. He has 38 goals (fourth), 64 assists (second), 102 points (second) and a plus-64 rating, tops in the league. He’s failed to reach a point just nine times in 61 games.

Isaac Ratcliffe, LW, 19, 6-6/205, Guelph (OHL)
Ratcliffe, another member of the 2017 draft class, along with Frost and Nolan Patrick (yeah, he’s pretty good too), recorded his second hat trick of the season Friday.

The hulking left winger struck thrice in the third period as Guelph stormed back against Flint before losing, 6-5, in overtime. Two of Ratcliffe’s three goals came on power plays.

He added a goal and an assist both Saturday and Sunday to finish off a seven-point week.

Mikhail Vorobyev, C, 21, 6-2/207, Lehigh Valley (AHL)
Points were aplenty last weekend for several Phantoms, including Vorobyev.

Vorobyev had two goals and two assists in Lehigh Valley’s back-to-back-to-back weekend. The Russian scooped up an assist Friday in the Phantoms’ wild 7-6 win over Hershey, added a goal and an assist Saturday in a 4-0 win over Binghamton and then a goal Sunday.

The 21-year-old’s helper Saturday came just as a power play expired, banking a pass off Phil Varone’s stick and into the net, showcasing his vision and playmaking ability.

Quick hits
Felix Sandstrom made his HV71 debut last Thursday, his first SHL action since Oct. 26, turning away 30 of 31 shots vs. Skelleftea. He was marked for four goals Saturday.

Philippe Myers had a goal and an assist Friday vs. Hershey.

But on Saturday, he picked up four more penalty minutes with two more minors. Then another one Sunday. That’s now 14 minors in his past 17 games.

• Weekly Carter Hart is good update: He stopped 39 of 42 shots, picked up three more wins — streak at five — and has allowed more than two goals just six times this season.

• Kelowna’s Carsen Twarynski hit the 40-goal mark Saturday to cap off a three-point week. Twarynski scored one of the Rockets’ two goals against Hart on Friday.

Pascal Laberge's point streak reached six games with an assist Saturday for Quebec and a goal Sunday. Laberge has nine points during his streak.

• Michigan, with Cooper Marody and Brendan Warren, swept Wisconsin to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals against Tanner Laczynski and Ohio State.

The Wolverines and Buckeyes will face Saturday.