VOORHEES, N.J. — It might be the best chance for Morgan Frost to prove himself.
The same can be said for Joel Farabee.
The Flyers will feature two of their brightest prospects in big spots Thursday night as the team continues its preseason against the Bruins.
Let's get into the essentials:
• When: 7 p.m. ET
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• Farabee turned heads playing alongside Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier during the first three days of training camp. So much so that head coach Alain Vigneault wanted to see the trio in game action.
The 19-year-old Farabee is a dynamic winger with an advanced hockey IQ and relentless effort. His case for the roster has strengthened ever since rookie camp and Thursday presents an ideal scenario for Farabee to garner more attention.
"I'm with probably the two-best players," Farabee said, "I think this is my best opportunity to showcase what I can do."
During training camp practices, the chemistry between Giroux, Couturier and Farabee looked natural. Couturier, the Flyers' first-line center, has been impressed by the 2018 first-round pick.
The little things, the little plays he does along the boards as a winger, especially as a center coming down the middle when you have some speed, he doesn't slow you down, he knows where you are and he knows where to put the puck. You can get a good read off of him knowing that whatever situation he's put in, he'll put the puck on your tape and find you. He's looking for you, he's looking to make plays. It's pretty nice to see from a young player.
• German Rubtsov is playing his third game in the last four days. The Flyers want a long look at the 21-year-old center and, so far, they've liked what they've seen. Nolan Patrick's injury has opened the door a bit for Rubtsov, Frost and some other centers.
"From the rookie camp to now, his pace has gotten better, I liked the fact that defensively, he seems responsible," Vigneault said of Rubtsov. "Right now, if he were to make our team, it would be more on that bottom six. That's where we're putting him, you've got to be able to kill penalties, he's a centerman, take faceoffs. With Nolan being out, it gives opportunities to other guys. He's getting a good look … we're going to continue this."
• Thursday will be the first time seeing the defensive duo of Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen. It could be the Flyers' top pair for the Oct. 4 season opener. Both move the puck up ice and Niskanen's presence should relieve some pressure off of the 22-year-old Provorov's shoulders.
• Brian Elliott will be in net for the first two periods. The next step for the backup goalie will be a full game. Carter Hart will also play two periods his next time out, then a full game.
I definitely liked his game. It was the first time for me seeing him in a game-like situation, I liked his game. Chuck [Fletcher] and Brent [Flahr] both said that's the best game they had seen him play in the sense that he kept it simple, played a north-south game, was good on the forecheck, had a good stick, defensively was responsible and he was conscious of the things that we had talked about.
- Vigneault on potential bottom-six winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Joel Farabee
James van Riemsdyk-Morgan Frost-Jakub Voracek
Nicolas Aube-Kubel-German Rubtsov-Andy Andreoff
Carsen Twarynski-Connor Bunnaman-Kyle Criscuolo
Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Tyler Wotherspoon-Philippe Myers
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