TSP: Philadelphia Flyers Prospects

Philadelphia Flyers Prospects
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 16: Carter Hart #79 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends his net in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Wells Fargo Center on February 16, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Welcome to the 2019 Top Shelf Prospects series. As we go through the Summer of 2019 LWOH will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. We will be following the order of the first round of the NHL draft (as if there were no traded draft picks) and you can find all the articles here.  Since we had an extensive NHL Draft preview, we will not be reviewing the players who were drafted in the 2019 draft, as there have been no games since then, and our reports on them will not have changed. Today we look at the Philadelphia Flyers Prospects.

What we will be doing is linking you to those articles, as well as taking a look at prospects that were acquired before this year’s draft; their progress, and their chances of making the 2019-20 roster of the NHL team in question. We will also bring you one sleeper pick – a player who was either drafted in the 4th-round or later, or was an undrafted free agent signing who we pick as our dark horse to make the NHL. For those wondering, the cut-off for what is or isn’t a prospect is typically about 50 NHL games played (including playoff games) or is 25 years old. These are not hard or fast rules though, and we may make some exceptions depending on the circumstances.

Philadelphia Flyers Prospects

After a solid 2017-18 season where they finished third in the Metro Division and made the playoffs, things didn’t go quite as well in 2018-19 for the Flyers. The main story was goaltending, as the team set an NHL record by using eight different goalies in the same season. That wasn’t the only problem though, as the team also lacked an effective second-line centre. They also didn’t get as much offence as they expected from defencemen Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere. Add it all up and a team that looked talented on paper ended up missing the playoffs.

The disappointing season led to changes. Over the course of the year, general manager Ron Hextall and head coach Dave Hakstol were let go. Next season the team will be led by Chuck Fletcher and Alain Vigneault. A number of moves have also been made this off-season. Radko Gudas was swapped for Matt Niskanen. The team bought out Andrew MacDonald. They spent big on centre Kevin Hayes and traded for defenceman Justin Braun. They also moved Ryan Hartman for Tyler Pitlick. Overall, it was one of the busier off-seasons in the NHL as Fletcher put his stamp on the team.

2019 NHL Draft Picks (Grade B): Cam YorkBobby BrinkRonnie AttardMason MillmanEgor SerdyukRoddy RossBryce Brodzinski
Graduations: Oskar Lindblom, Alex Lyon (age),

 

Top Prospect: Carter Hart

Goalie — Shoots Left — Catches Left
Born August 13th, 1998 — Sherwood Park, Alberta
Height 6’2″ — Weight 180 lbs [188 cm / 82 kg]
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2nd round, #48 overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft

Hart took incredible steps forward in his first pro season as a 20-year-old goalie. He started the season in the AHL and clearly needed some time to adjust to better shooters and a faster game. That adjustment came quickly and once it did he got his chance at the NHL level. Hart’s strong play finally solved the Flyers goaltending questions and in 31 games he had a 2.83 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage. After the season ended he played for Team Canada at the World Championships, putting up a .964 save percentage in three games.

Skating and Talent Analysis

At 6-foot-2, Carter Hart comes in at slightly below average when we look at other highly touted goalie prospects. There has been a move towards drafting and developing bigger goaltenders throughout the league. Hart makes up for his lack of size with his exceptionally fast reflexes. He gets in and out of the butterfly very quickly and takes away the bottom of the net with exceptionally fast legs. He also is an aggressive goalie who makes himself seem bigger by taking full advantage of his ability to come out of the net and cut down angles.

Strong skating, being able to move out and back quickly, as well as a good push and the ability to go side-to-side with ease allow Hart to fully take advantage of a style that sees him really challenge shooters and aggressively play the angles. He also has a quick glove hand.

Carter Hart is extremely athletic in the crease. While his technique is solid and he is almost always square to the shooter, whether it be on a first shot or rebound when he does get beaten he can make some incredible recoveries and reflex-based stops. While most young goalies struggle with rebound control this is a strength of Hart’s game, as he often swallows up pucks or directs them into the corners, minimizing the number of second-chance opportunities that he will face.

One area that Hart can improve upon is his stickhandling. When he travels outside of his crease, he does not play the puck very well. This is something that he will need to continue to improve upon as it has become such an important part of the modern game.

Mental Makeup

Hart keeps a cool and calm demeanour in the net. If he does give up a soft goal, which is rare, he does not get rattled and comes back ready to make the next stop. He is mature beyond his years, which has helped him make the NHL exceptionally quickly and at a very young age.

Outlook

Hart has the potential to become a franchise goalie and one of the best in the league. There might be growing pains over the next several years, as this was seen historically with goalies who started out very well at a young age such as Patrick Roy, Carey Price, Roberto Luongo, and Marc-Andre Fleury. Even if he hits a bump in the road, expect Hart to bounce back. He is just too talented to struggle for long. In 3-4 years Hart should be one of the top goalies in the NHL. Expect him to start for the Flyers this year, though he will get support from Brian Elliott.

 

#2 Prospect: Morgan Frost

Centre — shoots Left
Born May 14th, 1999 — Aurora, Ontario
Height 5’11″ — Weight 170 lbs [180 cm / 77 kg]
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round, #27 overall at the 2017 NHL Draft

Frost put up another monster season for Sault Ste. Marie. In 58 games he put up 37 goals and 109 points. He also added seven goals and 18 points in 11 playoff games. Frost has been absolutely dominant at the junior level. He led the OHL in assists and was part of the league’s First All-Star Team. Frost also played for Team Canada at the World Juniors where he scored four goals and eight points in five games.

Skating

Frost is a very good skater. He has good top-end speed as well as very good acceleration. His first step is excellent. Frost beats other skaters to loose pucks in the offensive and neutral zones. He can also beat defenders to the outside and cut to the net. Frost’s speed and quickness were on full display at the 2017 Top Prospects Game testing, where he finished first in the 30M sprints both with and without the puck.

Frost’s lateral agility and edgework are also very good. If Frost catches a defender flat-footed, he can cut extremely quickly and attack the open lane created. He has gotten stronger in his lower body and improved his balance. Frost is also stronger on the puck. He can continue to improve these areas before he heads to the pros though.

Offensive Game

Frost uses his speed, quickness, and agility to really challenge defenders in one-on-one situations. He is extremely hard to contain off the rush, as he can use his skating to create openings. Frost also recognizes that if a defender is playing a little bit too far off of him; he can slow up. This creates both passing and shooting lanes which he can take advantage of. He sees the ice extremely well and anticipates the movements of his linemates. As such, he makes smart plays with the puck and sets them up for scoring chances. He can also create in the offensive zone, especially on the power play where he is able to quarterback the play from the point.

While Frost is more of a playmaker than a goal scorer, he has the soft hands and quick reflexes to finish plays in close to the net. He also has a good accuracy as well as a quick release and can score from the slot. Frost really improved his wrist shot and slap shot over the last couple of seasons. By getting stronger, he has added power to his shot.

Defensive Game

Frost uses his speed to be a menace on the penalty kill. His ability to read plays and pressure the puck allows him to play a strong game in his own end of the rink. When a turnover is created, Frost transitions quickly from defence to offence. Frost is willing to support defenders down low but really needs to improve his strength to contain bigger forwards on the cycle. He is also good in the face-off circle.

Outlook

With Sean Couturier, Hayes, and Nolan Patrick expected to lock down the top three centre spots on the Flyers, it will be difficult for Frost to make the team out of training camp. The Flyers would either have to play him out of position on the wing or give him limited ice-time centring the fourth line. It might make sense for Frost to start his first pro season in the AHL, and move up to the main roster when injuries hit. He needs to play big minutes and that can happen in Lehigh Valley.

 

Prospect #3: Joel Farabee

Left Wing — shoots Left
Born February 25th, 2000 — Cicero, New York
Height 6’0″ — Weight 164 lbs [183 cm/74 kg]
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round, 13th Overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft

Farabee had an outstanding freshman season at Boston University. He scored 17 goals and 36 points in 37 games. It was enough to see him named both the Hockey East Rookie of the Year and the recipient of the Tim Taylor Award as top rookie in all of college hockey. Farabee played for Team USA at the World Juniors, scoring three goals and five assists in seven games and winning a silver medal.

Skating

Farabee is an excellent skater, with the agility and edgework to get by defenders in one-on-one situations. He also has an outstanding first step and lightning-quick acceleration. If he gets a step on a defenceman, he can blow past him and cut to the net. His top-end speed is very good, and he is a threat to get behind the defence and get hit with a long breakaway pass. Farabee uses his ability to change speeds to fool defenders and create space. He has a low centre of gravity and good balance and power in his stride.

Offensive Game

Farabee has good hands and stick skills allowing him to control the puck while moving at top speed. Defenders must respect his speed, and so they back off him on the rush, creating shooting and passing lanes. Farabee has good vision and is an outstanding playmaker off the wing. He anticipates extremely well and seems to be a step ahead of the play. Farabee finds open ice without the puck and makes smart plays with it. He could stand to add some power to his shot though. This may come as he adds more muscle to his frame. He is able to score goals due to a quick release and being extremely accurate with that shot as it stands. It could be even better with more power though.

Farabee is a bit on the smallish side. He works hard to get in on the forecheck, and get to the front of the net but needs to add muscle to be more effective in this area of the game. If he can put more muscle on his frame, he could really improve this aspect of his game as well. He did well against college opponents but the real test will come in pro leagues.

Defensive Game

Farabee is committed to playing a strong game at both ends of the ice. He has been a key contributor to the US NTDP and Boston University penalty-killing units. He uses his smarts to read the play and get his body and stick into passing and shooting lanes. Farabee is also not afraid to put his body on the line and block shots. He provides effective back pressure and supports the defence down low. His defensive game is very advanced for his age and is something that will help him going forward towards a pro career. Farabee’s biggest strength might be his work ethic. He never quits during a shift, giving max effort in all three zones.

Outlook

Farabee signed an ELC with the Flyers in March. He will head to training camp looking for a spot in Philadelphia. However, he needs to make the top-nine, as it would not benefit his development to play on the fourth line or to be an extra forward on the roster. Expect to see Farabee in Lehigh Valley taking big ice time. He could also be released to play for Team USA at the World Juniors.

 

Prospect #4: Philippe Myers

Defence — shoots Right
Born January 25th, 1997 — Moncton, New Brunswick
Height 6’5″ — Weight 209 lbs [196 cm / 95 kg]
Signed as an undrafted free agent, October 2014

In his second pro season, Myers split time between Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. He scored one goal and one assist in 21 games at the NHL level. He showed more of his offensive potential at the AHL level, putting up nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points in 53 games. Myers also played for Team Canada at the World Championships, putting up one assist in seven games.

Skating

Myers skating is very good for his size. He moves quickly in both directions and has very good acceleration. If pressured, he can skate the puck out of danger, and away from forecheckers. He also has very good agility and footwork, making him extremely tough to beat on the rush. He is able to keep attackers in front of him and force them to the outside. Myers is strong on his skates and has very good balance. He uses his size and strength to win battles in the corners and in front of the net.

Offensive Game

Myers offence has really improved since signing with the Flyers. While he always had a hard slap shot, he had real trouble getting it on net in the past. Myers corrected that issue and has seen his goal totals increase. His cannon is now a feared weapon on the power play. He also became more poised with the puck, waiting for the play to develop before getting rid of it. Myers uses his agility to walk the line and open up those passing and shooting lanes. He is also able to sneak down from the point and take a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circles.

Myers makes smart passes and shows the vision needed to anticipate plays. He finds the open man in the zone and sets up scoring chances. Myers uses his passing ability both to start the rush, as well as to play the point on the power play. He can make a strong breakout pass and joins the rush as a trailer, or he can make the long breakaway pass if a forward can get behind the opponent’s defence. While he didn’t show a lot of offence at the NHL level last year, it is important to look at his history. His offensive numbers improved each year in junior as he gained confidence. This also happened between his first and second year in the AHL.

Defensive Game

Myers uses his size to win board battles and to gain leverage in front of the net but he really isn’t a big hitter. Still, he is not one to shy away from a physical confrontation, dominating smaller attackers. Myers reads the play well and has very good positioning. He anticipates where the play is going, creating turnovers. Myers uses a long stick to cut down passing lanes. Once a turnover is created, he can transition to offence quickly. He also uses his body to block shots.

Outlook

Myers is expected to make the jump and become a full-time defenceman for the Flyers this season. He is NHL ready and will start on the third pairing. As he continues to develop, he could move up higher in the lineup. He has the potential to be a dominating presence at both ends of the ice in the future.

 

Prospect #5: Cam York

The Flyers drafted York with the 14th overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft. Prior to the draft, we did an in-depth scouting report on York. As no games have been played since that report; we will not repeat it. You can check out the report here.

 

Prospect #6: Isaac Ratcliffe

Left Wing — shoots Left
Born February 15th, 1999 — London, Ontario
Height 6’6″ — Weight 200 lbs [198 cm / 91 kg]
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2nd round, #35 overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft

Ratcliffe put up a 50-goal season with the Guelph Storm. He finished with 82 points in 65 games. He also scored 15 goals and 30 points in 24 playoff games as the Storm won the OHL Championship. Ratcliffe also added three goals and six points in four games at the Memorial Cup. He was on the Memorial Cup All-Star Team, the OHL 3rd All-Star Team, and was named the winner of the OHL Captain’s Trophy.

Skating

Ratcliffe combines great size, with excellent skating ability. He has very good footwork for his size, with a powerful stride that gives him good speed and acceleration. He can drive to the net and creates havoc when he gets there. Ratcliffe has decent edgework and agility, especially given his size. He can be elusive in the offensive zone. He also has very good balance and is difficult to knock off the puck when playing in the cycle or battling for loose pucks in the corners. Ratcliffe is good at establishing his position in front of the net and maintaining that spot.

Offensive Game

Ratcliffe protects the puck well and has good stickhandling ability. He is strong down low and works well in the cycle. While he is not a huge playmaker, he does make smart plays with the puck and keeps it moving to open teammates. He could stand to add muscle to his frame and play a more physical game. This would make him even more effective going forward. He is not one to throw a lot of big hits, but he does use his frame to protect the puck and win battles. Ratcliffe does have the hockey sense to find open spaces to take a pass from a teammate on the cycle. If he sees an opportunity, he is willing to take the puck to the net.

He gets most of his points in close to the net, as he is willing to get to the tough areas in order to put the puck in the net. Ratcliffe has good hand-eye coordination and can make tip-in plays or bury rebounds in tight to the net. He also has a good wrist shot with a strong release to score from further out.  He is not the most creative player but plays an effective North-South game that gets results.

Defensive Game

Ratcliffe shows his willingness to battle along the boards in the defensive end as well, supporting his defenders down low and applying back pressure when checking. He also uses his frame well to cut down passing and shooting lanes. Ratcliffe’s defensive game has really improved over the last couple of years and he is one of the more reliable forwards on the Storm, trusted by his coaches in big situations.

Outlook

Ratcliffe heads to Lehigh Valley. Sometimes big forwards need some time to adjust to the pro game as they are not as physically dominant as they were in junior leagues. Expect Ratcliffe to take some time in the AHL and continue his offensive development. He’s at least a couple of years from the NHL, especially with the Flyers depth.

 

Prospect #7: Bobby Brink

The Flyers drafted Brink with the 34th overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft. Prior to the draft, we did an in-depth scouting report on Brink. As no games have been played since that report; we will not repeat it. You can check out the report here.

 

Prospect #8: Wade Allison

Right Wing — shoots Right
Born October 14th, 1997 — Roland, Manitoba
Height 6’2″ — Weight 205 lbs [188 cm / 93 kg]
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2nd round, #52 overall at the 2016 NHL Draft

Allison’s 2017-18 season was cut short by a torn ACL. Still recovering from the injury he struggled in his junior season, putting up just eight goals and 15 points in 22 games. It was exactly half as many points as he scored in his sophomore game in the same number of games. However, Allison got better as the season went on and was starting to get back to the level that made him a Hobey Baker contender before his injury.

Skating

Allison’s skating is a bit of a work in progress. It has improved since his draft year but the injury set him back a bit again. He needs to work on his speed and acceleration, as well as his first step. His agility and edgework is also a bit of a weakness. With quicker footwork he could be a better offensive player, getting around defenders; and a better defender, keeping opponents in front of him. Allison is strong on the puck though and has good power and balance. He has the ability to fight through checks and get to the net.

Offensive Game

Allison plays a simple game, but a highly physical and highly effective one. He is a budding power forward, willing to throw hits on the forecheck, get involved in battles along the boards, and go to the front of the net. Strong and powerful, Allison uses his well-developed frame to dominate against his peers. He will need a little more muscle to do the same at the next level but is well ahead of most prospects his age. Allison has a strong and powerful wrist shot which he gets off with a quick release. He also finds openings to set himself up for a powerful one-timer. Allison scores goals in close to the net with quick hands and the ability to bury rebounds and get tip-ins.

Allison’s assists come from digging pucks out of the corners and getting them to teammates. However, he has shown improvements in both his passing and stickhandling. Allison now puts passes through tight areas and on a linemates tape. He can also open up bigger passing lanes with his quick changes of direction. He protects the puck with his size in the cycle game. While he can make a move on a defender, Allison is more likely to go through a defender, than try to go around him.

Defensive Game

Allison’s defensive game is also a bit of a work in progress. He works hard and is willing to battle in all three zones. Allison needs work on his positioning and can be beaten one-on-one due to his lack of footspeed and lateral agility. There are some things that can be helped with good coaching as well as continued recovery and trust in his knee. Allison is likely to be a better winger than a centre at the next level as he will have less responsibility in his own end, and less of a requirement to come back as deep to support the defence.

Outlook

Allison heads into his senior season with Western Michigan hoping that he is fully recovered from the ACL injury and ready to dominate. The Flyers have tried to sign him in the last two summers and will get another opportunity following his senior season. However, there is some concern that after his college career he could opt to become a free agent next summer.

 

Prospect #9: German Rubtsov

Centre — Shoots Left
Born June 27 1998 — Chekhov, Russia
Height 6’0” — Weight 187 lbs [184 cm / 85 kg]
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st Round, #22 Overall in the 2016 NHL Draft

Rubtsov had a strong start to his first pro season, putting up six goals and 10 points in his first 14 games with Lehigh Valley. However, a hard hit in November led to a shoulder injury that needed surgery and ended his season prematurely.

Skating

Rubtsov is a good skater.  He has the ability to handle the puck well moving at top speed.  His shiftiness and excellent agility, allows him to get by defenders, or to open up passing lanes. He is strong on the puck and shows excellent lower body strength and balance. This allows him to work well along the boards, and in the cycle game. Rubstov can even improve in this as he continues to add lower body strength.  He could also stand to work on his first step quickness and his startup.  He’s really improved other areas of his skating, but the first step still causes some concern.

Offensive Game

Rubtsov plays a strong two-way game, highlighted by his strong hockey sense. He makes smart plays with the puck, showing off good vision, and excellent anticipation of where his teammates will be. This makes him a very good playmaker. Rubtsov has the ability to control and protect the puck with excellent stick handling. He is very patient and slows the game down, waiting for teammates to get open and then making tape-to-tape passes to the now open teammates. Rubtsov is able to control the puck down below the faceoff dots, maintaining possession in the cycle and extending plays.

He also has the ability to find soft areas in the defence and get open to make a play or take a one-timer. He has a good arsenal of shots, including a strong wrist shot, snap shot and slap shot. He gets his shots off quickly with an excellent release.  Rubtsov shows a high compete level, he battles hard for loose pucks and is effective at forcing defencemen into mistakes on the forecheck.

Defensive Game

Rubtsov shows a real commitment to playing defensive hockey. He was often used as a shutdown centre in junior, playing against other team’s top lines. His hockey sense and positioning are excellent, as he reads the play well and anticipates where plays are headed. Rubtsov shows his dogged puck pursuit in all three zones. In addition to playing against top lines, he also works extremely well on the penalty kill. Add to this, solid ability in the faceoff circle, and Rubtsov will be a coach’s dream if he can fully develop.

Outlook

After missing most of last season, Rubtsov still needs time playing at the pro level and developing his game against men. He should spend most of the season in Lehigh Valley, however, could join the Flyers if injuries hit. A real push at a full-time roster spot could come in 2020.

 

Prospect #10: Samuel Morin

Defence — shoots Left
Born July 12th, 1995 — Lac-Beauport, Quebec
Height 6’6″ — Weight 202 lbs [198 cm / 92 kg]
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round, #11 overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft

Injuries have limited Morin to just 27 games over the last two years in both the AHL and NHL combined. He heads to training camp looking to stay healthy and finally make an impact with Philadelphia.

Skating

Morin skates pretty well for a big man, but he does have some areas he needs to work on. His straight-line speed is good for his size, and his acceleration is decent enough. His agility is also at a very good level, and this gives him some decent mobility. However, he needs work on his edgework and pivots. Morin has had some trouble dealing with speedy forwards, especially when they make quick cuts around him. He will need to work on this aspect of his game and improve his ability to change directions quickly.

Offensive Game

Morin’s offence has greatly improved since his draft year. He is more confident with the puck on his stick and is more willing to wait for an extra second or two to make a better play in the offensive zone. Morin has always had a good first pass in his own zone. He could use this ability better in the offensive zone, but this area of his game is improving. One thing that would help is if he keeps his slap shot low to allow his teammates to go for tips and rebounds. He may never be a huge scorer in the NHL, but there is some potential to be a second unit power-play player.

Defensive Game

Morin is an imposing physical specimen at the back end. He plays a strong defensive game, using his size and physicality in his own zone. Morin throws big hits and battles hard in front of the net and along the boards. He plays a strong positional game and uses his size and his long stick to cut down passing and shooting lanes.

Morin has even got a bit of a mean streak, he plays very physical, and is often right on the border (and sometimes even over it) on what is legal. His high penalty minute totals can attest that he does have a tendency to sometimes cross that line. Morin is not afraid to drop the gloves either and with his size, it’s no surprise that he has been very successful when doing so.

He’s increased his strength and added muscle to his frame, but there was still a bit of an adjustment from junior to facing men in the AHL. Morin had to learn that he could not just push people around the way he did in junior and had to work on gaining leverage to be effective. He also had to adjust to the quicker speed of the AHL. He’s been effective in making those adjustments and has improved each year.

Outlook

This has really limited the former 11th overall pick and time is running out for him to make an NHL impact. Now healthy, the time is now for Morin. He must make the Flyers as he will require waivers to head back to the AHL.

 

Sleeper Prospect: Tanner Laczynski

Center — shoots Right
Born June 1st, 1997 — Shorewood, Illinois
Height 6’1″ — Weight 190 lbs [185 cm / 86 kg]
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 6th round, #169 overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft

After being a late-round pick of the Flyers in 2016, Laczynski had three solid seasons with Ohio State. He put up 10 goals and 30 points in 27 games in his junior season.

Skating

Laczynski has a long, smooth stride that leads to good speed and quick acceleration. However, he continues to need work on his first few steps, which can be a bit of an issue and can prevent him from getting to loose pucks. He also could be a little better in terms of his edgework and agility. These are things that can be drilled in with a good skating coach.

Offensive Game

Laczynski is a strong playmaker, with very good vision and passing skills. Laczynski can fit the puck through tight spaces, or make saucer passes to teammates. He creates space with strong puck handling skills. He can control the play in the offensive zone, protecting the puck and slowing things down for his teammates to get open. Once they do get open he has the vision to see the opportunity and the skill to take advantage of it. He is able to generate scoring chances through maintaining possession down low.

Laczynski also has a good release on his shot and is also accurate. He could stand to add a bit more power though as well as shooting a bit more often. Right now, he scores the majority of his goals inside the face-off dots. Laczynski has the soft hands to score goals in tight to the net. He can elevate the puck quickly and find holes in the goaltender, even in close to the net or on his backhand. He also has good hand-eye coordination to get deflections and pounce on rebounds. Laczynski is not afraid to get to the front of the net both with and without the puck.

Defensive Game

Laczynski plays a responsible defensive game, however, he must add some strength. While he is a willing back-checker and supports the defence down low, he can sometimes get overpowered by the stronger opposition. He also could stand to work on his face-off skills going forward. The effort level and the positioning are good though, so again these are areas of his game that should improve in time.

Outlook

Laczynski remains a project. He will likely return to Ohio State for a senior season and continue to improve his game. However, the fear that Laczynski could opt to become a free agent after his senior season is also something that is present here.

 

System Outlook

There is a ton of talent in the Flyers system. They are one of the deeper teams in the NHL. Upfront, prospects like Mikhail VorobievMatthew Strome, David Kase, Connor Bunnaman, Pascal LabergeJay O’Brien, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and Noah Cates are worth keeping an eye on. The blue line includes prospects Yegor Zamula, Ronnie AttardAdam Ginning, Mason MillmanMark FriedmanLinus Hogberg, John St. Ivany, and Wyatt Kalynuk, who are also worth monitoring. Goaltenders include Felix Sandstrom, Matej TomekKirill Ustimenko, Roddy Ross, and Samuel Ersson.

 

Philadelphia Flyers Prospects Main Photo:

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – FEBRUARY 16: Carter Hart #79 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends his net in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Wells Fargo Center on February 16, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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