Cam York

Future Flyers Report: Bobby on the Brink of a breakout and a check-in on the rest of the Flyers' 2019 draft class

Future Flyers Report: Bobby on the Brink of a breakout and a check-in on the rest of the Flyers' 2019 draft class

Another week of hockey has come and gone, so it must be time for another Future Flyers Report. This week, we will be taking a look at the team’s most recent draft class to see how it has been performing so far this season. 

Did Fletcher make the right decision at the draft? 

There has been a lot up for debate when it comes to evaluating how the Flyers did in the most recent NHL draft. The biggest controversy being Chuck Fletcher not drafting the highly-anticipated Cole Caufield with the 11th overall pick — but traded the pick instead. With that, the Flyers selected Cam York with the No. 14 pick and gained an extra pick in the second round.

That pick came into play quickly when the Flyers traded their 45th and 65th selections for the 34th overall pick. There, they drafted Bobby Brink.

So, while Caufield would have been a great addition to the talented prospect pool the Flyers currently have, adding both a skilled defenseman and a talented winger with a snipe-shot of his own is a prime example of a win-win scenario.

Early last week, both York and Brink were named to the U.S. national junior team preliminary roster.

Cam York 

York and Michigan were off this past week and won’t play again until Dec. 30, but through 14 games, York has tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in his rookie year. The 18-year-old has become a huge asset for his team and is setting himself up to have a long, solid career in the pros if he keeps performing at this rate. 

Bobby Brink

Now, let’s take a look at that 34th overall pick with the great hockey name. 

While Brink went without a point last week against Arizona State, he got things rolling again when Denver swept Colorado College with a two-point (one goal, one assist) weekend. The highlight of the weekend had to go to this beauty of a backhanded shot that he had Saturday night. 

Mason Millman

Millman did not play this weekend, as he was serving the rest of his suspension from this hit on Dec. 6 when he and the Saginaw Spirit faced the Sarina Sting. He will be able to return Dec. 19.

Through the 28 games he has played so far this season, he has 15 points (six goals, nine assists), which gives him the second-most points by a defenseman on the team — trailing only Ilya Solovyov, who has 27 points (three goals, 24 assists).

Ronnie Attard

It’s an unfortunate situation for Attard, who hasn’t played with his team, the Western Michigan Broncos, in over a month because of an injury. Though he hasn't played since Nov. 9, Attard does have five points through the 10 games he was a part of. His most highlight-worthy game of the season so far came against Colorado College, when he had a three-point game (two goals, one assist). 

Egor Serdyuk

Serdyuk had a solid showing this weekend with the Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL, having an assist in both games. After having a fiery start to the season, registering seven points (six goals, one assist) in the first four games, things have slowed down significantly for the 18-year-old. Aside from that first stretch of games, this past weekend was only the second time he had points in consecutive games.

Roddy Ross

Ross has had an average season so far, having a 9-12-2-1 record through 24 games played. His best performance of the week came on Dec. 13, when the sixth-round pick allowed only a single goal on 22 shots and had a .955 save percentage.

Bryce Brodzinski

Making the transition from league to league is a big jump for many and most times than not it’s difficult to instantly become impactful for their new team. This seems to be the case with Minnesota’s Brodzinski. While in his senior year of high school he received numerous accolades for his work, it’s taking some time to get used to the pace of the game at a college level. Through the 18 games he has played this season, he’s managed only five points (one goal, four assists).

There’s no need to panic, though, as Brodzinski was the perfect move in the seventh round of the draft. 

Overall?

As time continues to move forward after the draft, it seems as though these picks are growing on many. While there will always be a few who question the "what if" in Caufield, it’s important to focus on knowing what the organization walked away with instead. The past cannot be changed — and looking ahead, there are too many promising names in the pipeline to be caught up in such things.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Flyers

Future Flyers Report: Prospects Cam York, Morgan Frost showing why they can climb

Future Flyers Report: Prospects Cam York, Morgan Frost showing why they can climb

It’s time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.

• After missing three games because of an ankle injury, Cam York has started to show his dynamic ability from the blue line at Michigan.

The Flyers' 2019 first-round pick scored his first collegiate goal in the Wolverines' 2-1 loss last Saturday night to No. 13 Ohio State. York, a modern defenseman with terrific mobility and advanced puck-moving skills, put his offensive game on display with a nifty wraparound shot.

During his draft year, York put up 65 points (14 goals, 51 assists) over 63 games, a USNTDP single-season record for a defenseman. Through five games with Michigan, York has four points (one goal, three assists) and a plus-4 rating. It'll be interesting to see how long he stays in Ann Arbor.

"I think if you asked him, he would want to turn pro tomorrow," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in June. "He's going to a good program at Michigan, we'll take it year by year. I don't see him as a four-year guy, let's put it that way."

• With the uncertainty surrounding Nolan Patrick's status as the 21-year-old center recovers from a migraine disorder, the spotlight shines even brighter on Morgan Frost.

The Flyers very well may need Frost at some point in 2019-20. His play will dictate his chances, too, and the 20-year-old facilitator is on a seven-game point streak with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. Over that stretch, Frost has four goals and five assists. The 2017 first-round pick leads the Phantoms in scoring and is also pretty good in the shootout (we all know why that's noteworthy).

"His talent level speaks for itself," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said last week. "In terms of pace and puck management, playing without the puck, zone awareness and coverage, right now there are areas he needs to get better at it. He’s made some progress, so we’ll continue to allow him to develop down there.

“But certainly at some point, he’s a smart, talented hockey player — he’s going to get better at it. When he does, it will make him a better candidate to come up here.’’

Quick hits

• Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said Tanner Laczynski would handle the puck "as much as anybody" on the Buckeyes and we're seeing exactly that for the senior forward.

The 2016 sixth-round pick has eight assists in eight games after picking up a pair during Ohio State's two-game sweep of Michigan last weekend. 

• Egor Zamula cooled down as he went scoreless last week. The 19-year-old defenseman is off to a splendid start with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and a plus-16 mark in 14 games for the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

"He has a tremendous package of size, skill and skating, and as he matures and gets stronger, he's going to be a pretty impressive player," Fletcher said in September.

• Speaking of WHL blueliners, Wyatte Wylie had a four-assist weekend for the Everett Silvertips. The 2018 fifth-round pick has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 15 games and is a plus-50 since 2017-18.

• Bobby Brink, the Flyers' 2019 second-round pick, is tied for second in the country among freshmen goal-scorers with four tallies, behind only Wisconsin's Cole Caufield (eight). Brink has put up seven points over eight games with Denver.

• Jay O'Brien, a 2018 first-round pick, is delivering the expected production in the BCHL, with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) through 20 games for the Penticton Vees.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Flyers

Future Flyers Report: Morgan Frost is starting to heat up, German Rubtsov hot on his tail

Future Flyers Report: Morgan Frost is starting to heat up, German Rubtsov hot on his tail

It’s time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.

• At the start of the season, Morgan Frost went through a three-game stretch without tallying a single point, though he did have his fair share of chances. It was only a matter of time before things started clicking. 

Friday night, just past the midway point of the first period, Frost tied things up for the Phantoms when they took on the Charlotte Checkers. This goal is only a taste of what the young center can do. 

He is currently on a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists) and it doesn’t look like things are slowing down anytime soon. This point streak ties him for the longest point streak of the season for the Phantoms. 

• It seems like German Rubtsov picked up right where he left off after an injury just 14 games into last season cut his year short. Just seven games into the 2019-20 season, Rubtsov is making his presence known. 

He currently has six points (two goals, four assists). That ties him for first in points alongside Frost. 

If Rubtsov can remain healthy for a full season, he’ll become a vital asset to the Phantoms’ success down the road. 

Quick hits

• Wade Allison recently sustained an upper-body injury. He did not play in either game this weekend for the Western Michigan Broncos. 

• Cam York was back in the lineup after missing three straight games because of a lower-body injury. He earned his first NCAA point with a secondary assist Friday night. In total, he had three assists on the weekend. 

• Tanner Laczynski had a goal and two assists for Ohio State Friday night. 

• Wyatte Wylie had himself a two-point night on Friday in Everett (one goal, one assist) to help his team to a 3-2 victory. 

• Mason Millman collected three points (two goals, one assist) with the Saginaw Spirit — one of them being the game-winning goal Sunday against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. 

• Egor Zamula had a two-assist game Sunday with the Calgary Hitmen as the team picked up a 5-4 overtime victory against the Regina Pats in the Prairie Classic. 

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Flyers