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2019-20 Flyers roster: No Joel Farabee or Philippe Myers; things can change

2019-20 Flyers roster: No Joel Farabee or Philippe Myers; things can change

Joel Farabee did everything but score.

He showed everything else during training camp and the preseason to prove he could make the Flyers better in 2019-20.

And that wasn't good enough to crack the team's roster ... for now.

The Flyers had to submit their roster Tuesday by 5 p.m. ET. They did so without Farabee and Philippe Myers on it. The team's regular season opener is Friday in Prague, Czech Republic.

Just six days ago, after Farabee stood out in a preseason game at Madison Square Garden, head coach Alain Vigneault said this about the prospect:

If he's not in the lineup that first game, it would be a surprise.

Maybe Vigneault surprised himself.

A few important things to remember:

• A week ago, general manager Chuck Fletcher stressed how the Flyers' submitted roster would be far from sacrosanct.

"We could even carry 20 or 21, we'll just have to see how the cap situation and how the math works out," he said. "I anticipate an awful lot of roster changes the first six weeks of the year. 

"There's not going to be any final roster, final cuts. There's going to an ebb and flow of players between Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley for the early part of the season, depending on who we're playing, the health of our team, whether we need right shots or left shots, or wingers or centeremen."

The Flyers' roster is at 20 players — 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. Three players are on injured reserve. Would the team start the season playing down a forward with an extra defenseman? Highly unlikely.

• These initial transactions could be cap-related moves. According to CapFriendly.com, the Flyers have $283,811 in cap space. Tyler Pitlick is nearing a return and could be ready to go for the opener despite missing all of the preseason and most of training camp. He's with the Flyers in Europe, already counts against the cap and would make sense for the bottom six as the 12th forward.

Farabee could be back if the Flyers decide to move one of their injured players to long-term injured reserve and recall the 19-year-old winger. Will that happen? It's hard to say as Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder) and Andy Welinski (lower body) are considered week to week.

If Farabee stays down, he won't be down for long. He looks like an NHL player right now and there's no doubt he makes this team better.

• The Flyers are still "bullish" on Myers' upside. The 22-year-old defenseman had a so-so camp and preseason. A key in this scenario is that Myers is still waivers exempt. If the Flyers tried to send Samuel Morin to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, he would have to first clear waivers.

Robert Hagg is the steady, reliable option right now, Morin is the extra and Myers needs to play. He will do so in big minutes with the Phantoms.

Forwards

Connor Bunnaman
Sean Couturier
Claude Giroux
Kevin Hayes
Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton
Oskar Lindblom
Michael Raffl
Carsen Twarynski
James van Riemsdyk
Jakub Voracek

Defense

Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg
Samuel Morin
Matt Niskanen
Ivan Provorov
Travis Sanheim

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

Injured non-roster

Nolan Patrick
Tyler Pitlick
Andy Welinski

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Flyers prospect Morgan Frost ready to make an impact, regardless of where he ends up

Flyers prospect Morgan Frost ready to make an impact, regardless of where he ends up

The Flyers had one of their most successful drafts of the decade back in 2017, acquiring some of the best prospects in their system. Isaac Ratcliffe, Matthew Strome and Noah Cates are a few to name, but one of the most talked about is 20-year-old Morgan Frost.

"I was super excited to come to Philadelphia," Frost said last month in a sit-down interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derek Souders. "Excited for the future and playing pro hockey here."

Now, after finishing his time in the OHL, it is time for him to make the jump and go pro in his third year with the organization.

While it's already a known fact that Frost is starting his professional career with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms rather than the Flyers, it shouldn't discredit the work he put in during the offseason and training camp.

He used his time in the offseason to work on the basics of the game — getting stronger and faster — but also spent more time focusing on his mental game. It was important to work on all aspects of his game to be as ready as possible for this transition.

Even with new faces behind the bench, there was a level of comfort heading into the year.

"The first time you come in, you don't really know what to expect," Frost said."You're kind of just starting to meet the other prospects and guys in the organization.

"Now that it's my third year, I think I'm definitely a little more comfortable and it makes it easier to come in the rink and kind of just do my thing."

Once Wayne Simmonds was moved at the trade deadline last season, it was apparent that there was going to be an open spot on the roster. Yes, forward Tyler Pitlick was acquired in the offseason and could change a lot for the Flyers, but it seemed like the prospects were going to have a decent chance to earn the spot, as well. Frost has been known for his ability to drive play down the middle in a flashy fashion, so would adapting to the pace of the pros and a new position all at once be too much for him?

"I think I'm definitely a natural center but I've played wing in the past, especially last season," Frost said. "I played wing for a decent amount of time. I think it's an adjustment and I'm confident I can make the switch."

If it weren't for his injury, a groin strain that held him back from playing more than two preseason games, it would have been likely that he accompanied the team to Europe to start the season.

Now with the Phantoms, Frost is going to do everything in his power to show that once a spot on the roster becomes available in the future, he should be the next man up.

Until then, it's important to note the surplus of talent that is going to be with the Phantoms at the start of their season.

I'm definitely excited for this year. There's a huge group of us that are kind of coming up together, so regardless of where I end up, I'm excited to be in the organization and have a lot of fun this year.

It's certainly an exciting time for Flyers fans as well — talent is bursting at the seams at all levels of the organization and it's time to let it flourish.

It'll only be a little while longer before the highly anticipated day when Frost finally makes the roster arrives. There's no doubt he will fit right in and start making an impact from the moment his skates hit the ice.

For more from Frost on how he got into hockey, his versatility and impressions on Philly, watch the "Break the Ice" video above.

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Alain Vigneault's coaching style on full display in NHL Network's 'Behind The Glass' series

Alain Vigneault's coaching style on full display in NHL Network's 'Behind The Glass' series

General manager Chuck Fletcher has raved about Alain Vigneault's presence, how the 58-year-old bench boss commands respect when he walks into a room.

A track record will do that for an NHL head coach. Vigneault has led three teams to the Presidents' Trophy and two to the Stanley Cup Final. He has 11 playoff berths, eight 100-point seasons and three 50-win campaigns on his résumé. The experience and aura of Vigneault are what made him appealing to the Flyers.

We saw his leadership and style from the outset of camp. He's not afraid to challenge his players.

That has become perfectly clear on the NHL Network's "Behind the Glass" series. Episode No. 2 aired Monday night and showed plenty of Vigneault's personality.

If you missed the episode, you can watch it in its entirety on the NHL's YouTube page:

The final two episodes are set to air Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET and Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET.

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