With Travis Konecny and Nolan Patrick established as NHL players and Oskar Lindblom not far behind, the Flyers top forward prospect is now Morgan Frost.
Born May 14 1999 — Aurora, ONT
Height 6.00 — Weight 180 — Shoots L
Selected by Philadelphia Flyers round 1 #27 overall 2017 NHL Entry Draft
— Regular Season — —- Playoffs —-
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2015-16 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhoun OHL 65 7 20 27 12 12 1 2 3 0
2016-17 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhoun OHL 67 20 42 62 36 11 2 6 8 4
2017-18 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhoun OHL 67 42 70 112 56 24 10 19 29 26
Stats via Hockey DB
Frost is also an important prospect as he will likely be competing for the third line center role vacated by the departing Valtteri Filppula with Scott Laughton, Mike Vecchione and any potential camp invites.
Luckily, it’s possible to estimate scoring potential based on a quick conversion using NHL equivalency ratings.
Combined regular season and playoffs in the OHL, Frost had 141 points in 91 games, or 1.55 points per game. This translates to .465 points per game in the NHL or 38 points in an NHL season. To put this in perspective, Nolan Patrick had 30 points last season, and Filppula, the player he’d be replacing had 33 points.
As such, right off the bat, the Flyers would be adding talent that has a higher expected point total. Nolan Patrick will develop further and likely score more as well. This bodes well for the Flyers who had a depth scoring issue last season.
Morgan Frost has nothing left to prove in Junior hockey, however, thanks to the CBA, his only options are NHL or OHL, the Flyers cannot send him to the Phantoms to try to develop him with players more akin to his present talent level.
Assuming JVR players with Voracek and Patrick on the second line, and Hakstol keeps the Giroux-Couturier-Konecny unit together, Frost would be slotting in with Lindblom and Wayne Simmonds on the third line. Simmonds size and grit would hopefully lead to Frost getting assists via Simmonds poking home rebounds.
Even if Frost doesn’t make the team right away, he’s still easily a top prospect with high end skill.