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Flyers development camp: 5 observations from 5-on-5 scrimmage

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Flyers development camp: 5 observations from 5-on-5 scrimmage

VOORHEES, N.J. — Flyers Skate Zone featured a full house Saturday night as 2019 development camp culminated with a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

Fans packed the practice facility and Gritty even checked out the team's future by making an appearance.

Team Orange notched a 3-2 win over Team White in a fun, up-and-down game.

Let's get into five observations from the night:

1. Center of attention

German Rubtsov looks the part. 

From a physical standpoint, many of the prospects in camp still looked like kids, but Rubtsov did not. He is filled out and stands like an NHL center. He also plays like one with his hockey IQ and how he commands the pace.

The 2016 first-round pick stood out in all aspects, from positioning to using his body to make plays under control in a game that understandably had a frenetic style at times.

"He looks good," Flyers player development coach Kjell Samuelsson said. "He's healthy, he's fit and he can play."

He's on the Flyers' radar (see story).

2. That's some line

Team Orange sported a first line of Isaac Ratcliffe, Morgan Frost and Bobby Brink.

Not bad, right?

This year, Ratcliffe scored 50 goals, Frost had 109 points and Brink became a second-round pick.

The group was impressive Saturday. Ratcliffe scored a goal and Brink netted the game-winner. On Brink's goal, Ratcliffe started the play with a nice reverse pass in transition. Frost had an assist and created a ton of chances, to no surprise.

Ratcliffe and Frost were a part of the same 2017 draft class and have become great friends.

"That's really been a goal since draft day," Ratcliffe said of playing alongside Frost. "That was the first time I met Morgan, too, went up to the box there at the draft after the second round earlier in the day. That was the first time we said hi together. We kind of laughed about playing together one day on a line for the Flyers. To get a first taste of it today was pretty exciting and fun."

After the game, each player on both teams had the opportunity to take a shootout shot.

Frost wowed everyone with this:

He really likes that move.

3. There goes that Cam

Cam York is a smooth and dynamic skater. Just with his size, mobility and puck-handling, he sort of reminds you of Shayne Gostisbehere. York is 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, while Gostisbehere is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds.

Moving the puck means better possession and playing less defense.

At one point during the first of the two periods, York carried the puck into the offensive zone and kept it on his stick as he surveyed his options. If you didn't know, you'd think he was a forward on that play.

"Mobile defensemen," Samuelsson said, "that's today's hockey."

4. Seventh-round sleeper

Keep an eye on Wyatt Kalynuk in 2019-20. He'll be a captain on a talented Wisconsin team that is adding 2019 top-15 draft picks Alex Turcotte and Cole Caufield.

Kalynuk is an excellent skater with good size (6-1/181).

He's come a long way since being taken in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. After 25 points in 37 games as a sophomore, he appears primed for a breakout junior season with the Badgers.

5. King Felix

Felix Sandstrom was impressive all camp, in the 3-on-3 tournament and the 5-on-5 scrimmage.

The 2015 third-round pick is 22 years old and put up a 2.16 goals-against average this past season playing against men in the Swedish Elite League.

He'll be with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2019-20. You never know, he may be needed sooner rather than later with the Flyers to help Carter Hart and company.

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Meet Flyers first-round pick Cam York, a Cali kid with a Philly mentality

Meet Flyers first-round pick Cam York, a Cali kid with a Philly mentality

There's a perceptible Southern California coolness to Cam York. He's a laid-back 18-year-old from beautiful Anaheim Hills with a smooth and fluid game on the ice.

On the inside, though, there's an East Coast mentality. He understands Philly.

In fact, he loves it.

"That's probably the first thing I learned about Philadelphia is that they have passionate fans and they want to win," York said Tuesday at Flyers development camp. "They really hold their players accountable and, as a player, that's what you want."

When York heard his name called by the Flyers at No. 14 overall in last weekend's 2019 NHL draft, he already had a grasp of the organization, its values and the market in which it plays. Growing up, he appreciated the orange and black.

"I remember when I was a little kid and they would come out to Anaheim and play, I would always make sure I'd tell my parents, 'We need to go to this game,'" York said. "It's just one of those organizations where they have a rich history and just always a successful team. I'm really looking forward to being a part of it."

It doesn't take long to realize why the Flyers' entire scouting staff saw York 10 to 15 times during the season and came away sold on the point-producing machine from the blue line. He's an impressive skater with an even better offensive skill set. On the U.S. national U-18 team in 2018-19, York scored over a point per game with 65 points, a USNTDP single-season record for a defenseman.

"He's kind of a modern defenseman," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said. "He's very mobile, very intelligent, very cerebral. Lots of poise, plays a real responsible two-way game — he's a very good defender for a 6-footer."

And that's what York wants to emphasize just as much as his dangerous offensive game. He wants everyone to know he can play some defense, too. York was a team-best plus-56 on a U.S. national U-18 team that saw eight players drafted in the first round.

"Offensively, I feel like I'm dynamic and can make plays happen," York said, "but defensively, I feel like I don't get enough credit for what I do. I led my team in plus-minus this year, so I take a lot of pride in it. 

"I want to be a guy that plays 30 minutes a night, not just 20 because he's just offensively good. I want to be really good on both sides of the ice."

Philly can get on board with that mindset. York, who is headed to Michigan in 2019-20, will bring on the big moments, big minutes and a big city.

Don't let that Cali coolness fool you.


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5 observations from Flyers development camp: The Morgan Frost show, Cam York loves Gritty, more

5 observations from Flyers development camp: The Morgan Frost show, Cam York loves Gritty, more

VOORHEES, N.J. — Flyers development camp was in full swing Tuesday.

Let's get into five observations from Day 1 of the five-day camp:

1. That's cold

Morgan Frost, one of the organization's top prospects, picked on a practice player in net during an afternoon shooting drill. Frost buried three shots top shelf all in a row. He then chatted with the goalie afterward in a friendly manner.

The 20-year-old center rotated to the next station and delivered another clinic. There's a reason he recorded back-to-back 100-point seasons to finish off his junior hockey career. He puts the puck where he wants it to go.

Frost's speed and skill will be tested at the pro level. How quickly his game translates will be interesting to watch.

"I don't think I really need people that are telling me I can't do it at the next level to motivate me," Frost said. "It's motivating enough for yourself to try to be the best player you can be."

2. Mr. Playoffs Jr.

Seeing the name Briere on the back of a Flyers jersey is commonplace in the Delaware Valley.

Flyers fans are getting the chance to see it again on the ice.

Carson Briere, the son of beloved former Flyer Danny Briere, is a development camp invite. 

His father was on hand Tuesday and signed a few autographs early in the morning as he entered the practice facility.

Briere caught up with assistant general manager Brent Flahr and took in much of the action, even watching the defensemen while his son was on the opposite ice with the forwards.

Carson, a 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward, had himself a heck of a season with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the NAHL, a Tier II junior league. The Arizona State commit scored 44 goals and 89 points in 59 regular-season games. 

3. 'Gritty's a beauty'

Philly is going to like Cam York.

The 2019 No. 14 overall pick has a smoothness to him, on and off the ice.

The 18-year-old defenseman also has bushy red hair. Some folks in the Twittersphere have likened him to Gritty.

"I saw a few things where they were comparing me to him," York said with a smile. "It's all good. Gritty's a beauty, so I take it as a compliment."

This kid gets it.

4. Yo, Yegor!

A defenseman to keep an eye on throughout the 2019-20 season — even training camp, actually — is Yegor Zamula.

He's really tall and long. His story and potential feel Philippe Myers-esque (see story).

His skating is impressive for a guy his size. He'll obviously have to get much stronger, but he's only 19 and the upside is evident.

5. Joel ready to roll

One-and-done Joel Farabee will be pushing for the Flyers' roster during training camp after a standout freshman season at Boston University and signing his entry-level contract in March.

Everyone is now facing the challenge of impressing a mostly new coaching staff and general manager Chuck Fletcher, who will be entering his first full season with the Flyers.

Farabee, a slender goal-scoring winger, is ready to embrace that challenge.

"I think it bodes well for me," Farabee said. "I can play a lot of different styles, a lot of different roles on a team, so I think that helps me. I'm really excited to meet the new coaching staff. I think all of those guys have had really successful careers so far, so it'll be interesting to talk to them and get feedback from them."

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