Last time we reviewed how the Flyers have done so far this season and projected players out over the whole year. This time we are going to look into the future at some Flyers rookies and prospects that may be in a Flyers uniform in the next two years.
Let’s get right into it and review four Flyers rookies and four Flyers prospects that may make the big club soon.
Travis Sanheim #6 D 6′ 3″ 181 lb Age: 21, 34 GP 1 G 4 A 5 pts. -9
The coaching staff has seemed to take a real slow approach with Sanheim in his first season keeping him on the third D pair or in the press box watching the games. Sanheim looked good when they allowed him to showcase his offensive skills. all too often this season he was benched at the end of games making it difficult to judge how he reacts to end-game situations.
Robert Hagg #8 D 6′ 2″ 204 lb Age: 22, 40 GP 1 G 5 A 6 pts. +12
Hagg is not known for his scoring but for the solid play in his own end. Most games his name is not even heard, for a defenceman that is a good thing. His hits, blocked shots, and plus/minus are all among the rookie leaders. Hagg has proven he is an NHL caliber defenceman and looks to be a solid second pair defenseman for the future of the Flyers.
Samuel Morin #5 D 6′ 6″ 202 lb Age 22, 2 GP 0 G 0 A 0 pts. +1 / 12 GP 1 G 5 A 6 pts. +4 (LV Phantoms) Morin looked like a sure lock to make the Flyers after the pre-season but the coaching staff seemed to have a different take on how well Morin played. After sitting in the press box at the beginning of the year he was sent down to the Phantoms to get some playing time and after the Andrew MacDonald injury, it seemed like Morin’s time to shine. The hockey gods had other plans and dealt him a few injuries of his own to deal with this season. After healing from his injury Morin was called back to Flyers roster. His time with the big league was short lived and after only two games MacDonald returned to the lineup and Morin was sent back down.
Nolan Patrick #19 C 6′ 2″ 198 lb Age: 19, 31 GP 2 G 6 A 8 pts. -2Morin looked like a sure lock to make the Flyers after the pre-season but the coaching staff seemed to have a different take on how well Morin played. After sitting in the press box at the beginning of the year he was sent down to the Phantoms to get some playing time and after the Andrew MacDonald injury, it seemed like Morin’s time to shine. The hockey gods had other plans and dealt him a few injuries of his own to deal with this season. After healing from his injury Morin was called back to Flyers roster. His time with the big league was short lived and after only two games MacDonald returned to the lineup and Morin was sent back down. Patrick was selected with the second overall pick in last years entry draft and carried a ton of excitement and promise into his first season with the Flyers. Once again the Flyers coaching staff seemed to take a slow cautious approach to getting him used to NHL play. Patrick has been placed on the Flyers third line for the majority of the season but spent time on the fourth line and benched in the third periods. Patrick looked really good when he was bumped up to the second line for two games and finally getting to play with one of the top scorers on the team. Patrick has not shown up much on the stat sheet this season and we can only hope to see him play a top-six role this year.
Isaac Ratcliffe LW 6′ 6″ 200 lb Age 18, 36 GP 18 G 14 A 32 pts. -15 (Guelph Storm OHL)
Ratcliffe was selected in the second round fo the 2017 entry draft 35th overall. Ratcliffe is a massive player and once his skill set improves he will likely be the Flyers answer to replace Wayne Simmonds in front of the net on the power play. He has a deceptive wrist shot that comes off his stick harder than it should and surprises goalies when they face it.
Oskar Lindblom LW 6′ 1″ 192 lb Age 21, 35GP 11 G 14 A 25 pts. +1 (Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL)
Lindblom was selected by the Flyers in the 5th round #138 overall in the 2014 entry draft. Lindblom is having a good year playing for the Phantoms after a breakout year with Brynas IF Gavle where he picked up 47 points in 52 games. If Lindblom keeps progressing at the rate he is at the moment he should be with the Flyers next year to stay.
Morgan Frost C 5′ 11″ 170 lb Age 18, 37 GP 22 G 39 A 61 pts. +47 (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL)
Frost was selected by the Flyers in the 1st round #27 overall in the 2017 entry draft. The pick that the Flyers used to select Frost was obtained in the trade that sent Brayden Schenn to the St. Louis Blues on draft day. Frost is tearing up the OHL and is currently on a 15 game point streak. Frost now leads the OHL in points (61), is tied for first in assists (39), seventh in goals (22), and leads in plus-minus (+47). Frost is not padding his stats on the power play he only has four goals and six assists with the man advantage and two goals and two assists while shorthanded. With the logjam of centers on the Flyers Frost might be able to move to wing like Giroux has done this year.
Carter Hart G 6′ 2″ 180 lb Age 19, 17 GP 13 W 3 L 1 T 1.32 GAA. .961 SV% (Everett Silvertips WHL)
Hart was selected in the second round #48 overall in the 2016 entry draft. Hart has had a stellar WHl career to this point earning him numerous awards over the past two seasons. In 2015-2016 he won CHL Goaltender of the Year, WHL (West) First All-Star Team, and the WHL Top Goaltender (Del Wilson Trophy). In 2016-2017 he picked up U20 WJC Silver Medal, WHL (West) First All-Star Team, WHL Best GAA. (1.99), WHL Best SV% (.927), WHL Top Goaltender (Del Wilson Trophy). Hart is on pace to better the stats he put up in the past. Carter Hart may well be the long-awaited elite goaltender the Flyers have been without since the now GM Ron Hextall.
The Flyers have one of the deepest and most skilled prospect polls of any team in the NHL. As this is being typed the Flyers are currently in a position to draft ninth overall in the 2018 entry draft and with the first round pick from St. Louis looking to be late in the first round the Flyers will have two more first-round talents to add to the already large stockpile.