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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.

Claude Giroux's final Hart Trophy voting unveiled — and it should hurt

Claude Giroux's final Hart Trophy voting unveiled — and it should hurt

When the Hart Memorial Trophy finalists were unveiled in late April and Claude Giroux's name was nowhere to be found, there was noticeable outrage across the Delaware Valley — and understandably so.

Giroux, in his age 30 season, tied for the league lead in assists at 68 and finished second in points with 102, behind only Connor McDavid (108). He also recorded a better plus/minus at plus-28 than the three finalists — Anze Kopitar (plus-21), Taylor Hall (plus-14) and Nathan MacKinnon (plus-11).

Not only that, Giroux also emphatically rebounded from one of his worst seasons as a pro with career bests across the board — again, at age 30.

2016-17: 82 games, 14 goals, 44 assists, 58 points, minus-15

2017-18: 82 games, 34 goals, 68 assists, 102 points, plus-28

So when Giroux was not voted a Hart Trophy finalist, it led to the burning and lingering question of how ridiculous was the omission?

Giroux was already considered snubbed, but imagine if the Flyers' captain finished outside, say, the top five or six of the final voting? All hell would have broken loose in Philadelphia.

Turns out, Giroux did get some respect, finishing fourth in the final tally, which was released Wednesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, where Hall won the Hart Trophy.

At least Giroux received his share of love, but in a way, it stings even more for his supporters given the fact he fell only five points shy of being a finalist.

Nonetheless, Giroux's 2017-18 season will never be forgotten, hardware or not. He punctuated the first 100-point campaign in Flyers history since Eric Lindros in 1995-96 by delivering a hat trick in Game 82 of the regular season to clinch the Flyers a playoff berth at the Wells Fargo Center.

Fans chanted MVP.

And that will have to do.

Other NHL Awards tidbits

• Shayne Gostisbehere finished 10th in the James Norris Memorial Trophy voting for best defenseman. Victor Hedman won the award.

• Ron Hextall came in eighth for General Manager of the Year while also notching a first-place vote. Dave Hakstol slotted in at 14th for the Jack Adams Award (NHL Coach of the Year). The Golden Knights swept the categories with GM George McPhee and head coach Gerard Gallant taking home the honors.

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Wayne Simmonds misses out on Mark Messier Leadership Award to Deryk Engelland

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Wayne Simmonds misses out on Mark Messier Leadership Award to Deryk Engelland

Wayne Simmonds narrowly missed out on becoming the first Flyer to win the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland took home the honors Wednesday night in Las Vegas. 

The award, chosen by Messier himself, is presented to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey.

Simmonds was named a finalist through his extensive work in the community. The Flyers' forward has hosted a military unit in his private suite during every Flyers home game while also serving on the board of directors for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

Simmonds' philantropy also extends to his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario, where he has hosted Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors each summer over the past six years.

Engelland is the first player never to wear the ‘C’ to win the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which was first presented in 2007. Previous winners include Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber.  

Engelland’s award marked a big night for the expansion Golden Knights franchise. Gerard Gallant took home the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year, William Karlsson claimed the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recognizing the player who exhibits the highest standard of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, and George McPhee was named the GM of the Year.

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