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VOORHEES, N.J. — When Flyers development camp shifts to joint competition between the forwards, defensemen and goalies, everything ramps up.

There's a lot more to watch and a greater feel for the prospects.

That was the case Saturday night at Flyers Skate Zone on Day 3 of the 2018 camp.

Let's get into five observations from the moments that stuck out:

1. Morgan Frost possesses limitless skill. He's a quick skater, incredible with his stick and doesn't need open space to do damage.

Frost, the Flyers' other 2017 first-round pick, has shown the ability to fend off bigger bodies and a strong forecheck. Plus, he's so elusive that sometimes it doesn't matter.

If Frost had Nolan Patrick's size (6-2/198), he'd be in the NHL. But Frost is gaining strength, which is a great sign. Last year, he was 172 pounds at development camp. This year, he looks more filled out and said he came to Voorhees at 184 (see story).

He's not lacking in many other areas. Could he surprise at training camp and flirt with a roster spot? We'll see; the odds look against him.

But when Saturday's session concluded, he gave fans in attendance a taste of his offensive repertoire by beating goalie Matej Tomek with a handful of moves. 

You can see why he scored 112 points in the OHL last season.

2. Philippe Myers reminds you of Travis Sanheim at 2017 development camp.

He stands out among the defensemen because he's further along.

At 21 years old, Myers is composed and comfortable along the boards and he moves the puck well. 

For a guy his size, he has some nice skill, too.

Myers is 6-foot-5 and his weight is now up to around 220 pounds. He'll have a good shot to make the Flyers at some point during the 2018-19 season as a call-up candidate if he can stay healthy and prove himself some more at the AHL level.

3. Joel Farabee, the 14th overall pick in last week's draft, has an impressive makeup.

For one, the two-way winger competes and has a maturity about him at 18 years old (see story).

But he also offers all the offensive tools. The USNTDP product has excellent awareness and instincts to go along with his well-regarded shot.

He'll be fun to follow next season at Boston University.

4. A quietly impressive defenseman? Wyatt Kalynuk, a 2017 seventh-round pick who is playing at Wisconsin.

He's sound and stays in front of forwards that are much quicker and smaller. On multiple occasions in 1-on-1 drills, he broke up plays with a poke check, not even allowing the forwards to move in deep or get off a shot.

Two of those occasions were against Farabee and another he defended well against 2016 first-round pick German Rubtsov.

5. If you attend development camp Sunday or Monday, keep an eye on No. 59.

That's defenseman Mark Friedman, who has a rugged, all-out, beat-you-up style. It seemed like he was knocking somebody over every other drill.

If you like the physical brand of hockey, the Phantoms' blueliner is the player to watch at this camp.

And speaking of Sunday here is the schedule and groupings.

Group 1: 9:15-10:30

(G) 67 Kirill Ustimenko
(G) 65 Ivan Fedotov
(G) 66 Samuel Ersson
(D) 61 Philippe Myers
(D) 86 Wyatte Wylie
(D) 72 David Drake
(D) 84 Linus Hogberg
(D) 74 Adam Ginning
(F) 46 Mikhail Vorobyev
(F) 58 Gavin Hain
(F) 62 Jay O'Brien
(F) 64 Maksim Sushko
(F) 70 Olle Lycksell
(F) 75 Pascal Laberge
(F) 78 Matthew Strome

 

Group 2: 10:45-12:00

(G) 49 Felix Sandstrom
(G) 79 Carter Hart
(G) 69 Matej Tomek
(D) 59 Mark Friedman
(D) 90 Jack St. Ivany
(D) 77 James De Haas
(D) 73 Wyatt Kalynuk
(D) 83 David Bernhardt
(F) 57 Marcus Westfalt
(F) 60 Joel Farabee
(F) 63 German Rubtsov
(F) 68 Morgan Frost
(F) 71 Noah Cates
(F) 71 Isaac Ratcliffe
(F) 81 Carsen Twarynski

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