5 players who can fill right wing position without Flyers tapping into free-agent market

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5 players who can fill right wing position without Flyers tapping into free-agent market

It's July 1, meaning NHL free agency is underway.

Some of the biggest names of last season opened up on the market — players including Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene, who look to be instant impact players for the Rangers and Predators, respectively. However, those acquisitions came at a costly price.

The Flyers, on the other hand, signed eight depth players Monday. The team was not expected to do much.

If Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher was able to go into the market having a ton of cap space, things would be a different story. With all of their restricted free agents still unsigned (Ivan Provorov, Travis Konency, Scott Laughton and Nicolas Aube-Kubel), it seems like the way to go about finding depth for next season’s roster is to let the kids play.

Here are five possible players who could fill the third-line spot at right wing without the team having to tap into the free-agent market.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel

The only player on this list who did not attend development camp, Aube-Kubel should be a somewhat familiar name. He played nine games with the Flyers last season and while he didn't register a single point, his average time on ice was a mere 5:35.

What really stands out is his ability to drive play while with the Phantoms. Last season was his third full year playing with the Flyers' AHL affiliate and his game and overall performance continued to improve.

Playing 54 games with the Phantoms, Aube-Kubel tallied 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists). 

It's also important to keep in mind that Aube-Kubel is an RFA but was extended a qualifying offer.

Carsen Twarynski

Twarynski was notably one of the best contenders for this same spot when training camp kicked off last season. His aggressiveness, quick wrist shot and ability to drive to the net are what can make him a contender for this position once again.

He eventually fell to runner-up as Mikhail Vorobyev got the call to start off the season and Twarynski was assigned to the Phantoms. It appears to have affected him in a negative way, since he had a very difficult time getting into a groove with the Phantoms. If he kept improving rather than slumping for the first three months of the season, it would’ve been more than likely that he would’ve gotten the next call up instead of Aube-Kubel.

While his 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) with the Phantoms weren't nearly what the team was hoping to get from him, the physicality of his game picked up.

Don’t count out Twarynski. While 2018-19 was his first full season as pro and he was still getting adjusted to the speed of the game, he showed a lot of positives that could be a great addition to the bottom six of the roster.

Isaac Ratcliffe

The tallest Flyers prospect at 6-foot-6, Ratcliffe had himself one heck of a final season in the OHL with the Guelph Storm and is ready to turn pro.

Through the past regular season, Ratcliffe played a total of 65 games and had 82 points (50 goals, 32 assists). Ratcliffe had an excellent postseason for the Storm, who won the OHL championship.

Even with Ratcliffe's height, he is able to get down the ice in just a few solid strides. Anticipating where the play is going next is another one of his strengths that should translate well to the NHL level, not to mention his puck-handling is at its best when being tested in front of the net.

Ratcliffe is typically on the left wing, so shifting to the right wing would be an adjustment for him in addition to adapting to the quicker pace of the game. 

Morgan Frost

Frost has certainly lived up to the hype after being deemed as one of the Flyers’ top prospects over the past two seasons. The combination of his speed and how he handles the puck is something that will translate very well once he goes pro.

Completely dominant in his final season of the OHL, Frost led the Soo Greyhounds with a whopping 109 points (37 goals, 73 assists). That landed him fourth overall in points in the OHL. 

He also made a clear mentality shift at the start of last season, taking on as big of a leadership role as possible.

With the addition of Kevin Hayes to supplement Sean Couturier and Nolan Patrick, the center depth for the Flyers looks very solid. While a right wing spot is available, transitioning to the pro game might be easier for Frost at the position he is most comfortable with — although a slight adjustment to the wing seems like something he is capable of doing.

Frost certainly made his mark at the end of development camp this past Saturday as he potted one filthy shootout goal.

Joel Farabee

Following his highly successful development camp, it seems like Farabee could be the top contender on the team’s current list of prospects to get the call up. 

Selected by the Flyers 14th overall in last year’s draft, Farabee has stood out in the best way possible. Transitioning Farabee's game to the NHL could be ideal for the Flyers since they are in a more "win now" mentality than in previous seasons.

After completing his freshman season at Boston University and winning the 2019 Tim Taylor Award as college hockey's Rookie of the Year, Farabee signed his entry-level contract with the Flyers and is ready to turn pro. He led the Terriers with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 37 games played.

His instincts on the ice in addition to his hockey IQ make for one intimidating player. After playing right winger for most of his teenage years, slotting him into the third line could be the perfect way to jump-start his professional career.

While Farabee's stature (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) was once a concern, the league is changing. The number on the scale may have been too light for Farabee to play in the NHL a decade ago, but his skating ability and speed would be a nice fit in the current look of the NHL. If he can put on some extra weight before training camp in September, his chances at cracking the roster will only grow.

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2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Travis Konecny finishes 7th in fastest skater; Mathew Barzal beats Connor McDavid

2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Travis Konecny finishes 7th in fastest skater; Mathew Barzal beats Connor McDavid

Travis Konecny went toe to toe with familiar faces in the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Friday night.

Among the eight-player field for the fastest skater event, four players were from the 2015 draft class.

Konecny went 24th overall to the Flyers and Mathew Barzal No. 16 to the Islanders, while Connor McDavid was selected No. 1 by the Oilers followed by Jack Eichel at No. 2 to the Sabres.

The first-time All-Star Konecny couldn't take down McDavid, but the competition's three-time reigning champ was dethroned by Barzal at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Konecny had fun in the event and scored during the goalie competition.

Right at the start line, I could see my parents, brother and girlfriend, so that was pretty cool — they were right there," Konecny said Friday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "I was just having fun with them, they're enjoying it just as much as I was. We had a little moment after I finished my lap and I think I was near the bottom, they're laughing and I was laughing. It was over with and I could enjoy the rest of the night.

Barzal took the crown with a time of 13.175 seconds, just ahead of McDavid.

1. Mathew Barzal, Islanders — 13.175
2. Connor McDavid, Oilers — 13.215
3. Chris Kreider, Rangers — 13.509 
4. Jack Eichel, Sabres — 13.540
5. Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche — 13.895
6. Anthony Duclair, Senators — 14.005
7. Travis Konecny, Flyers — 14.113
8. Quinn Hughes, Canucks — 14.263

Konecny will compete for the Metropolitan Division in the All-Star Game Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, which you can live stream right here.

Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's All-Star weekend:

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The top 10 moments that make Travis Konecny, well, Travis Konecny

The top 10 moments that make Travis Konecny, well, Travis Konecny

When you think of Travis Konecny, you think of a first-round pick, A-plus chirper, currently in the middle of a breakout season and now an NHL All-Star. Konecny has had quite the career through his first four seasons with the Flyers and there will be much more to look forward to in the coming years.

For now, here are the 10 best moments since becoming a Flyer that make Konecny, well … Konecny. 

Chirp central
When NBC released "Wired: Stadium Series," Konecny officially became one of the best chirpers in the league. His quick wit during the game was iconic when he was on one of the biggest regular-season platforms in the NHL. Personal favorite chirp has to go to, “Eat up, bud!” 

Post Stadium Series dance party 
The fun didn’t stop on the ice though, the celebration continued into the Eagles’ locker room where he danced the night away with teammate Nolan Patrick. 

Speaking of Nolan ...
During the 2018-19 season, Flyers TV had a special on the youth of the team where a lot of it focused on the bromance of Konecny and Patrick. From tying ties to trying to get out of a parking garages, there’s a bunch of quality bits in there. 

The offseason with T.K.
Before going into the 2017-18 season, the Flyers gave everyone a sneak peek of what the offseason is like for Konecny when it comes to training and conditioning, his childhood town (which only has one stop sign), life on the farm and tons of fishing … tons of fishing. 

Reporting for duty
One of the most exciting moments of 2019 came once Konecny finally signed his contract and reported to training camp to be with his teammates and new head coach Alain Vigneault. The Flyers’ Twitter account had a field day with the announcement, replying to just about every "sign T.K." tweet there was on the platform. They even responded to my post about me talking about how they signed him … by letting me know they signed him. A-plus job. 

His career best
There have been multiple times in his career, five to be exact, in which Konecny wound up having a three-point game. They have become much more frequent this season, having three of the five coming in the first half of the 2019-20 season. While none of these three-point nights have resulted in a hat trick, I’m sure the next time he’s an All-Star that’s going to be a different story. 

A whole lot of fighting 
There’s no shortage of footage when it comes to Konecny dropping the gloves. This place on this list is dedicated to T.K. dropping the gloves and the penalty minutes endured because of it. 

A different kind of fight 
It’s hard to forget the impact young Zach Steward had on all of us during Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Wells Fargo Center. No one was impacted more than Konecny. Steward had given his favorite player a "Strong then, stronger now" bracelet, worn by those who want to support him in his second battle of cancer. While it was an inspiring moment for Konecny to wear it for that game, he continues to wear it all season long and it doesn’t go unnoticed. 

“I think it really shows a lot about his character,” Steward said. “And that he has a big heart not just on the ice, but off the ice.

“Just a small simple gesture means a lot and makes my day every time I see him with it on.” 

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OT goals compilation 
This one is self explanatory but his cellies following each are just as good as the goals themselves. 

Evolving into his final form
It seems like that chipped tooth Konecny got on Jan. 11 might have been a good luck charm. Since that game, he’s averaged a point per game through five games. The chip may have been fixed but the power of it remains. 

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