Top prospects for Philadelphia Flyers

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NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams from Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Today, the top five prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers, according to NHL.com.

 

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1. Morgan Frost, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 27 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Philadelphia: 20 GP, 2-5-7; Lehigh Valley (AHL): 41 GP, 13-16-29

Frost (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) made strides in his first professional season. The 21-year-old earned a promotion to the NHL twice and made the 31-man postseason roster. In order to stick this season, he needs to get stronger and round out his game.

“The junior level was really easy for him,” Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said. “He created offense, but at the same time, sometimes you have some habits there that you’re going to need to adjust coming to the NHL. I think he figured it out, and from the start of [last] season on he really worked at his game away from the puck and doing all the little things that NHL coaches expect.”

Projected NHL arrival: This season

Video: PHI@FLA: Frost scores beautiful goal in NHL debut

 

2. Egor Zamula, D

How acquired: Signed as undrafted free agent Sept. 20, 2018

2019-20 season: Calgary (WHL): 28 GP, 7-21-28

Zamula (6-3, 177) had back surgery in January after he scored five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games for Russia, which finished second at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. The 20-year-old needed about four months to recover but made the Flyers’ postseason roster and played in their exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“Obviously he needs to fill out and put some weight on and get stronger like any young [defenseman],” Flahr said, “but the poise that he plays with, the ability to think the game and the skill set that he brings is obviously very intriguing.”

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

 

3. Cameron York, D

How acquired: Selected with No. 14 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Michigan (NCAA): 30 GP, 5-11-16

York (5-11, 175) was productive despite a high ankle sprain that lingered for most of the season and took away from his skating, one of his biggest assets. But Flahr said the 19-year-old is healthy now. He began his second NCAA season Nov. 14 and is one of 29 players at the United States selection camp for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“He always plays the same, plays with a ton of confidence,” Flahr said. “Terrific skater, terrific outlet passer. He’s got an offensive dimension, but he’s one of those guys that controls the game from the back end. He’s a guy that’s really put in the time off the ice here during the break. … We expect big things from him [this season] for sure.”

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

 

4. Bobby Brink, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 34 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Denver (NCAA): 28 GP, 11-13-24

Brink (5-8, 159) was eighth among NCAA freshmen with 0.86 points per game last season. The 19-year-old missed Denver’s final seven games because of a high ankle sprain but has recovered. His second NCAA season began Dec. 2, and he is attending the United States selection camp for the 2021 WJC.

“Such a smart player, such a competitive kid and skilled that he obviously had an impact right away,” Flahr said. “He’s a guy that’s growing into his body, working hard, but just loves to play the game and he’s a rink rat. I would expect him to have a big year (with Denver) once they get up and going.”

Projected NHL arrival: 2022-23

 

5. Tyson Foerster, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 23 pick in 2020 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Barrie (OHL): 62 GP, 36-44-80

Foerster (6-2, 194) scored two goals at the CHL Top Prospects Game in January and 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in his final 24 Ontario Hockey League games. The 18-year-old is attending Canada evaluation camp for the 2021 WJC.

“He’s pretty gifted offensively, just the way he shoots the puck and his offensive hockey sense,” Flahr said. “He can make plays, distribute. Obviously, the skating is the one area where he’s working at. … He’s always been able to think the game at a high level, and the way he handles and shoots the puck, the offensive side of the game, that comes naturally to him. Real hard-working kid, real eager to have a big year, and he’s doing the things right now off the ice that he’ll need to do to work on his skating.”

Projected NHL arrival: 2022-23

Video: Philadelphia Flyers select F Tyson Foerster No. 23

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