Morgan Frost sets the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on fire

Morgan Frost sets the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on fire

It didn't take long for a Flyers prospect to put their stamp on the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, and what an introduction it was.

Morgan Frost on Wednesday registered a hat trick and an assist in the first 21 minutes and 50 seconds of Team Canada's 14-0 shellacking of Denmark.

Frost finished the game's final 38:50 with a disappointing one assist. Still, it was a heck of a debut for Frost on the world junior stage — three goals and two assists.

The trajectory of Frost's development since the Flyers drafted him with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 draft is quite astonishing, especially when we look back to draft night when most were caught off-guard by the selection.

Despite torching the OHL last season, even before the rosters were finalized, Frost didn't make the cut for Team Canada for the 2018 World Junior Championship. Canada didn't need him as it won gold, but that just shows the talent level Hockey Canada has.

This season, however, Frost made the cut, and he immediately made an impact. What an exciting prospect.

Isaac Ratcliffe, whom the Flyers drafted eight picks after Frost in 2017, reacted to Frost's world junior debut accordingly.

But, perhaps, we should seriously prepare for this.

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Future Flyers Report: The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship primer

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Future Flyers Report: The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship primer

Happy holidays and welcome to one of the most exciting weeks in junior hockey. The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship kicks off Wednesday in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

The 10-team, 11-day tournament runs through Jan. 5, 2019, and offers hockey fans a glimpse into the future with the best junior players from around the world participating.

For Flyers fans, the world juniors have been especially must-see viewing in recent years. While the past three weeks have brought major change throughout the organization, this year’s tournament is no different. Flyers fans will have plenty to watch over the next 11 days.

Carter Hart and Team Canada won the 2018 WJC. Hart, of course, is with the Flyers now. The Flyers have seven players in this year’s games. Let’s get you ready for the 2019 tournament. 

Team USA

The Americans are the team fans will want to pay most attention to as they feature four Flyers prospects — forwards Joel Farabee, Jay O’Brien, Noah Cates and defenseman Jack St. Ivany.

Cates is a 2017 fifth-round pick while Farabee, O’Brien and St. Ivany are 2018 draft picks. All four have chosen the NCAA route. The Flyers had no prospects on the 2018 U.S. team.

Over the summer, we profiled Farabee (Boston University), O’Brien (Providence College) and Cates (Minnesota-Duluth). St. Ivany is in his freshman campaign at Yale University.

This season, Farabee has 11 points in 16 games; O’Brien has two points in 10 games and has dealt with injuries; Cates has seven points in 16 games; and St. Ivany, eight points in 12 games.

Team Canada

After not cracking the 2018 roster, Morgan Frost will represent Canada this year, and it should come as no surprise. Frost has been one of the best junior players over the past two seasons.

Frost, this season, is third in the OHL in scoring with 58 points, scoring 1.81 points per game, which is also third in the league. He has 22 points in his last 10 games with Sault Ste. Marie.

Team Sweden

Sweden features two Flyers prospects: defenseman Adam Ginning and goaltender Samuel Ersson, both 2018 draft picks. Ginning is a 6-foot-4 stay-at-home defenseman who has four points in 25 games this season with Linköping HC of the SHL. Ersson is having a pretty solid campaign with Västerås IK of the Allsvenskan, posting a .941 save percentage in 17 games.

How to watch

The NHL Network (NHLN) in the United States and TSN in Canada will broadcast the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Here’s a schedule for Teams USA, Canada and Sweden.

Team USA

Dec. 26: vs. Slovakia, 6:30 p.m. — NHLN
Dec. 28: vs. Kazakhstan, 10:30 p.m. — NHLN
Dec. 29: vs. Sweden, 10:30 p.m. — NHLN
Dec. 31: vs. Finland, 10:30 p.m. — NHLN

Team Canada

Dec. 26: vs. Denmark, 8 p.m. — NHLN (in progress)
Dec. 27: vs. Switzerland, 8 p.m. — NHLN
Dec. 29: vs. Czech Republic, 8 p.m. — NHLN
Dec. 31: vs. Russia, 8 p.m. — NHLN

Team Sweden

Dec. 26: vs. Finland, 10:30 p.m. — NHLN
Dec. 27: vs. Slovakia, 6:30 p.m. —airing Dec. 28, 8 a.m. on NHLN
Dec. 29: vs. United States, 10:30 p.m. — NHLN
Dec. 31: vs. Kazakhstan, 6:30 p.m. — airing Jan. 1, 8 a.m. on NHLN

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