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Flyers notes, quotes and tidbits: Joel Farabee, just like 'The Man'

Flyers notes, quotes and tidbits: Joel Farabee, just like 'The Man'

VOORHEES, N.J. — Players were skating casually and flipping innocuous shots on net as an afternoon session of Flyers development camp was coming to a close.

Joel Farabee, the 14th overall pick in last week's NHL draft known for a sharp shot, wasn't quite satisfied with his performance during a shooting drill, so he found Scott Gordon.

The Phantoms' head coach offered a few extra pointers and then Farabee shook his hand. On his first day hitting the ice as a Flyers prospect, this was a snapshot of the 18-year-old as a player — talented enough to headline the club's 2018 draft class but just as hungry and respectful as the rest.

"I think the whole part of this camp is to learn as much as you can," Farabee said. "I'm definitely going to college next year, but I've got to learn a lot to make it to the next level, so I'm just trying to get as much information as I can to be a better player and see what I can do."

Farabee, a left winger out of the USA National Team Development Program, showed what he could do last season, recording 33 markers and 76 points in 62 games. He also showed some of his skills Thursday, along with 29 other players, to open up the organization's annual gathering of prospects.

"He can score goals, he can skate, he has a lot of good components," Flyers player development coach Kjell Samuelsson said. "Like everybody else in that age, the physical part is not there."

The maturity is, though — that much was clear Day 1 when he sought out Gordon. 

Growing up, former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was Farabee's favorite athlete. It looks like there's some of No. 26 in the Flyers' first-round pick.

German's got it
German Rubtsov, the Flyers' 2016 first-round pick at No. 22 overall, is in his second development camp. The 20-year-old center with NHL hands was impressive during a shooting drill, despite the competition in net being a practice player and not a prospect.

Rubtsov will turn pro in 2018-19 after helping Acadie-Bathurst Titan win the QMJHL championship and Memorial Cup.

"I feel good right now," Rubtsov said though an interpreter, Flyers skating coach Slava Kouznetsov. "I don't know how close I am to the NHL level. It's not for me to decide but I'm working on it."

All about the goalies
Goaltenders took the ice first Thursday, featuring Carter Hart and Felix Sandstrom.

Hart, one of the team's prized prospects, seems billed to start the 2018-19 season with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

But that won't stop him from shooting for the Flyers. Hart exudes confidence and sounds like a 10-year NHLer with he how articulates his thoughts and talks the game.

"My goal is to play in the NHL next year," Hart said.

"I love coming to Philly whenever that is for development camp or training camp and I want to be a Philadelphia Flyer next year — that's my goal."

And if the Flyers still need a winger …

As for Sandstrom, 21, he will play another year in Sweden, gearing up for his first full season with HV71 of the SHL. He went through a difficult 2017-18 season in which he played for three teams and missed about two months because of a stomach illness.

Size matters
The Flyers have some serious size at development camp. Goalie Ivan Fedotov, a 2015 seventh-round pick, is 6-foot-7 — yes, a 6-foot-7 goalie. Then there's defenseman Philippe Myers, who is 6-foot-5, and winger Isaac Ratcliffe, who is 6-foot-6.

Quotables
"It's been a long week but it's been a good week. Kind of no time. Really only on the plane I was able to sit back, put away my phone and listen to music and relax. It's been unbelievable. I couldn't be happier to be a Flyer."

- Flyers 2018 first-round pick (No. 19 overall) Jay O'Brien

"It was probably my favorite year I’ve ever played hockey. We won a lot of games. We didn't lose too many. That's always fun."

- Morgan Frost on his 112-point junior season with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who went 55-7-6.

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Controversial, confusing hit by Joel Farabee on Mathieu Perreault crushes Flyers (and it could cost him)

Controversial, confusing hit by Joel Farabee on Mathieu Perreault crushes Flyers (and it could cost him)

BOX SCORE

The Flyers' lineup had a supremely uncharacteristic look Sunday at Bell MTS Place.

Joel Farabee then made an uncharacteristic play and the Flyers' road trip went completely haywire with a 7-3 loss to the Jets.

The Flyers (17-11-5) limped through an 0-3-0 swing away from home in which they were outscored 14-5. Prior to this stretch, the Flyers had lost three straight games in regulation only one other time — Oct. 15-19.

The Jets (20-11-2) pounced on the Flyers in a ripe opportunity.

• In his quick climb to the NHL, Farabee had been lauded for his smarts and the way he thinks the game at an advanced level.

On Sunday, though, the 19-year-old rookie made a dumb, ill-advised play and it crushed the Flyers. Really, it cost them any chance at a win and it could cost the rookie a game or two.

With the Flyers trailing, 2-1, almost midway through the second period, Farabee flattened Mathieu Perreault just as the Jets' forward was turning from sending a pass up the boards. Perreault left the game and did not return.

Farabee may have been frustrated as he was crosschecked in the back moments before the hit. Still, the Flyers had just trimmed the deficit to one and were already playing with a patchwork group of forwards.

Farabee was whistled for interference and given a game misconduct, putting Winnipeg on a five-minute power play. The Jets went on to score four goals in fewer than six minutes and the game was over (see highlights).

The NHL will look at the Farabee hit. Stay tuned.

• This was not a game the Flyers could afford mental mistakes or self-inflicted wounds.

The club rushed Carsen Twarynski and Nicolas Aube-Kubel to Winnipeg on Sunday because it's ravaged by injuries at the forward position.

The Flyers came in without Scott Laughton (groin), Tyler Pitlick (concussion), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma diagnosis), Travis Konecny (concussion), Michael Raffl (broken right pinkie finger) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder).

To the Flyers' credit, they played with great energy during the first period and were in the game midway through the action.

• Matt Niskanen, James van Riemsdyk and Shayne Gostisbehere scored goals for the Flyers.

Niskanen's marker was actually meaningful. When van Riemsdyk and Gostisbehere lit the lamp, the game was out of reach.

• Brian Elliott was pulled after the second period. Winnipeg bombarded the 34-year-old goalie after Farabee's hit.

Carter Hart made six saves on seven shots in the final stanza.

• The Flyers are off from practice Monday before hosting the Ducks Tuesday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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Flyers at Jets: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Jets: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The Flyers have lost three straight games in regulation only once this season.

They'll try to keep it that way Sunday as the Flyers (17-10-5) visit the Jets (19-11-2) after failing to pick up any points in back-to-back losses.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 5 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 4:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bell MTS Place
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The carousel at forward continued with Sunday's call-ups Carsen Twarynski and Nicolas Aube-Kubel.

In Saturday night's 4-1 loss to the Wild, Scott Laughton (groin) and Tyler Pitlick (concussion) left the game and did not return.

On Sunday, the Flyers will be without forwards Laughton, Pitlick, Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma diagnosis), Travis Konecny (concussion), Michael Raffl (broken right pinkie finger) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder).

With Sunday's roster transactions, the Flyers placed Konecny on injured reserve and Lindblom and defenseman Samuel Morin (ACL) on long-term injured reserve for salary cap relief.

Aube-Kubel, a 23-year-old winger who played nine games for the big club last season, will become the 10th rookie to play for the Flyers this season.

• With all the injuries, the Flyers are in desperate need of their big boys to carry the load.

The Flyers have gone to a different level when Kevin Hayes has produced in the points column. The team is 10-2-1 when he records a point and 7-8-4 when he goes scoreless.

Hayes went without a point over the Flyers' last two games — both regulation losses — and returns to Winnipeg for the first time since being traded by the Jets in June.

• The Jets are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Red Wings. Winnipeg hasn't dropped consecutive games since Oct. 13-17, when it lost three straight.

• Here is the Flyers' projected lineup, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Joel Farabee
Carsen Twarynski-Kevin Hayes-Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Morgan Frost-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
David Kase-Mikhail Vorobyev-Chris Stewart

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere-Robert Hagg

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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