Morgan Frost, Carter Hart, Joel Farabee, Philippe Myers make ESPN's top-50 NHL prospects list

Morgan Frost, Carter Hart, Joel Farabee, Philippe Myers make ESPN's top-50 NHL prospects list

The Flyers are fighting for their playoff lives with 14 games remaining in 2018-19.

If they can't grab an Eastern Conference wild-card spot and miss the postseason for the third time in the last six seasons, general manager Chuck Fletcher will still like his club's future.

In ESPN's latest NHL prospect rankings by Chris Peters, the Flyers are one of only three teams with four players to make the top-50 list. The Panthers and Senators also feature four prospects on the list, which is compiled of players 24 years old or younger and with fewer than 25 NHL games played this season.

The Flyers' four youngsters on the list are Morgan Frost, Carter Hart, Joel Farabee and Philippe Myers. Hart and Myers are already with the big club and look like they're here to stay, while Frost and Farabee are ascending first-round picks.

Ron Hextall deserves an immense amount of credit for the Flyers earning these distinctions with their prospects. The former general manager tirelessly and strategically restocked the club's farm system.

With that said, let's update you on the four prospects to make ESPN's list, accompanied by their ranking:

13. Morgan Frost

The skinny

The 19-year-old center is tearing up the OHL yet again. After going off for 112 points in 67 regular-season games (and 29 points in 24 playoff contests) last season, the Sault Ste. Marie product is leading the league with 108 points through 57 games in 2018-19 (but was just suspended indefinitely).

Frost dazzles down the middle and plays in all situations. He'll turn pro next season and there's no reason why he won't be shooting for the Flyers.


He scored five goals and arguably could have scored seven or eight with the opportunities that he got. But we were also down by two and he really, really maintained the composure of the bench, he continued to play the 200-foot game even when we were up by two or three goals. 

The example he set away from the puck, it's starting to get rewarded with the puck. Pretty special weekend, something we're starting to get used to with Morgan.

- Sault Ste. Marie head coach John Dean in January talking about Frost's five-goal game

23. Carter Hart

The skinny

Since being called up on the same day Dave Hakstol was fired as head coach, the 20-year-old Hart has saved this season from being a completely lost one.

He won NHL Rookie of the Month in January, matched the league record for consecutive victories by a goalie before his 21st birthday at eight and went 11-2-0 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .930 save percentage from Jan. 10 to Feb. 17.


I played against him a few times in junior, I obviously knew he was good and highly talked about, but I didn't know he was that good. He's going to be a superstar for a long time, so it's obviously nice to have him on your end.

- Nolan Patrick on Feb. 4

26. Joel Farabee

The skinny

Farabee, the 14th overall pick in last summer's draft, is having a superb freshman season at Boston University with 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 34 games.

The 19-year-old winger has a goal-scoring acumen and could be a quick riser.


Joel hides things — we call it deception. So, he's going to shoot the puck, he'll turn his hands real quick and bang and let it go. Or he'll open up for a shot and he'll pass the puck, so he's got a lot of deception. 

A lot of top guys in the league, you wonder why they score or how that pass went through. Well, they're showing hands to the defenseman, to the goalie — the little things that the naked eye doesn't see that they're doing, and Joel is one of those guys. His deception in his game is outstanding.

- Hextall on July 2, 2018

49. Philippe Myers

The skinny

The 22-year-old undrafted defenseman has opened eyes since being called up Feb. 9. Myers is an excellent skater for his 6-foot-5 frame and he has shown great instincts and decision-making through nine games.

Fletcher wanted to see him here and Myers is showing the GM he'll be ready for a full-time gig next season.


We stopped so many times and cut back, but he's a unique player, he's a big boy. If you cut back on him or try to burn him wide, you think you have room but he's right there with you.

- Travis Konecny on Sept. 15, 2018, after a drill in training camp

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Flyers roster cuts: Prospects Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie sent back to junior teams

Flyers roster cuts: Prospects Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie sent back to junior teams

The Flyers made a round of cuts Wednesday following their first two preseason games.

The team returned prospects Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie, Mason Millman and Egor Serdyuk to their junior clubs.

Zamula is a rising prospect that looks like a promising undrafted discovery by the Flyers. The 6-foot-3, 172-pound defenseman is a smooth skater with developing skills. The 19-year-old drew the praise of general manager Chuck Fletcher during rookie camp and was impressive in Monday night's preseason opener.

"I really like [Zamula]," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said after the game. "I have seen him in practice, I see that there's a young kid there that's got good mobility and can make good plays with the puck. Tonight, against an NHL opponent, I really liked his poise and his demeanor on the ice. 

"I thought stick-wise and mobility-wise, he did a lot of good things on the ice that as a coach, you're looking and you say, 'This guy's got a chance here.' There's no doubt in my mind that this young man's got a chance to play at some point."

He'll be a prospect to keep an eye on this season with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

Wylie, a 19-year-old defenseman, is a notable move given the Flyers have yet to sign him to an entry-level contract. During this summer's development camp, Wylie was unsure if he would return to the WHL's Everett Silvertips for his fourth and final junior season. There was a possibility the 2018 fifth-round pick could earn his ELC and join AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

Instead, he'll head back to the Silvertips and shoot for his contract throughout the season.

The Flyers also released camp invites Maxim Golod, Ben McCartney, Sean Comrie and Mika Cyr from their amateur tryouts.

The team's roster is at 54 players.


Andy Andreoff
Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Connor Bunnaman
Greg Carey
Sean Couturier
Kyle Criscuolo
Joel Farabee
Gerry Fitzgerald
Morgan Frost
Kurtis Gabriel
Claude Giroux
Kevin Hayes
David Kase
Travis Konecny
Pascal Laberge
Scott Laughton
Oskar Lindblom
Cal O'Reilly
Nolan Patrick
Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl
Isaac Ratcliffe
German Rubtsov
Chris Stewart
Matthew Strome
Maksim Sushko
Carsen Twarynski
James van Riemsdyk
Jakub Voracek
Mikhail Vorobyev


Chris Bigras
Justin Braun
T.J. Brennan
Josh Couturier
David Drake
Mark Friedman
Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg
Robert Michel
Samuel Morin
Philippe Myers
Matt Niskanen
Nate Prosser
Ivan Provorov
Travis Sanheim
Andy Welinski
Reece Willcox
Tyler Wotherspoon


Jean-Francois Berube
Brian Elliott
Carter Hart
Alex Lyon
Felix Sandstrom
Kirill Ustimenko

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German Rubtsov continues roster push, Carter Hart sharp, more from Flyers' OT preseason loss

German Rubtsov continues roster push, Carter Hart sharp, more from Flyers' OT preseason loss


The Flyers couldn't get one back against the Islanders.

Alain Vigneault's team dropped consecutive preseason games to New York after losing, 3-2, in overtime Tuesday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Flyers never trailed until the Islanders' OT winner.

They have five exhibition games remaining. Big names like Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen have yet to dress for the Flyers.

Let's get into some observations:

• German Rubtsov came into the action as one of the most notable roster hopefuls on Tuesday night's game roster. He has played a lot. He competed in rookie camp, scored two goals in the prospects game, performed well in Monday night's preseason opener and was back in the lineup Tuesday.

The Flyers are challenging him.

"That's one of the reasons he's playing tonight," Vigneault said after morning skate. "There are some decisions to be made and some of the things we're going to do is put some players in a tougher spot to see how they react to it."

Rubtsov once again did some positive things. During the second period, he stripped the puck in a battle along the boards and rung the post, nearly giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead. However, he lost 10 faceoffs.

But he really showed himself when he raced out of the chute with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He's healthy, strong and is looking more and more like an NHL center.

• Michael Raffl opened the game's scoring with a first period goal on a deflection. He and Scott Laughton were the only forwards in the lineup that played regularly for the Flyers last season.

Raffl will be a quietly reliable guy for the Flyers in 2019-20. Expect to see him on the fourth line and the penalty kill. The 30-year-old played a career-low 11:25 per game in 2018-19 and his minutes should be in that ballpark this season. Those lesser minutes are important, though, when they come on the PK and against the opposition's better lines to give the Flyers' top-six guys a blow.

• Carter Hart made his preseason debut and stopped all 14 shots he faced in 30 minutes.

He has been sharp in camp and the anticipation is there for his first full NHL season.

"For me, I'm here and I'm ready to play," Hart said last weekend. "I put in a lot of work this summer, on and off the ice. I added some muscle, added some durability and I feel really healthy in net, really strong."

Jean-Francois Berube allowed three goals in relief, including the OT winner, when he couldn't locate the puck after making the initial save.

• After a recent camp practice, Maksim Sushko spent a lot of time deflecting pucks at the net. He did about four or five rounds of redirecting shots.

The practice paid off as Sushko screened the goalie on a Chris Bigras goal in the third period. Sushko may have gotten a piece of it. Those role forwards understand that scoring chances will come from effort in limited minutes. Sushko is a 2017 fourth-round pick with speed and entering his first season with the Phantoms.

• Kurtis Gabriel got involved in the action. Flyers fans may recall the name. He's a big guy that likes to be physical and the former Devil is trying to get in the conversation for the Flyers' bottom six. Emotions boiled over between Gabriel and Ross Johnston during the second. In the third, captain Anders Lee laid a big hit on Gabriel, who was banged up and forced to leave momentarily.

Gabriel returned to the game for a short stint, but if anything lingers, it will obviously impact his roster chances with five exhibition games left.

• Bigras was signed on July 1 to a two-way deal. The 2012 second-round pick has 46 NHL games under his belt and enjoyed a career year in the AHL last season, scoring 22 points in 52 games. He had a nice game Tuesday night with two points and a plus-1 rating. The 24-year-old will be good for Lehigh Valley.

Nate Prosser, another defenseman, had an assist but was beat on the Islanders' second goal and was slow to react on New York's first goal. He played under general manager Chuck Fletcher from 2009 to 2018.

• Roster hopeful Andy Andreoff, who has shown a blend of toughness and skill in camp, was not very noticeable during his 15 minutes.

• The Flyers are off from practice Wednesday before welcoming the Bruins Thursday for the their third preseason game (7 p.m./NBCSP).

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