Top 10 Philadelphia Flyers Prospects

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Philadelphia Flyers have been going through a youth movement lately and they have one of the best prospect pools in the NHL. It gives them a glimmer of hope to win the Stanley Cup one day. That haven't done that since when they won back-to-back in 1973-1974 and 1974-1975.

They made it to the playoffs last season and they lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Philadelphia has been coached by Dave Hakstol since the 2015-2016 season. He is known for working with young players since he coached at North Dakota. A lot of Flyers fans wanted him fired last season, but they were able to turn it around. Who are the top 10 prospects in the Philadelphia Flyers system?

10. Wyatte Wylie, Defenseman: Wylie was a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft. He is a puck moving defenseman and Wylie is a part of a deep prospect in Philadelphia. They are deep at defenseman and Wylie will have a place one day with the Flyers. He is just 18 years old. In 72 games last season with the Everett Silvertips (WHL), Wyatte Wylie scored six goals and recorded 25 assists. His plus/minus was 12. In 22-playoff games, he scored two goals and recorded six assists and his plus/minus was 12.

9. Joel Farabee, Winger: Farabee is 18 years old and he was drafted in the first-round in the 2018 draft. His father is from the Warminsiter Area which is not far from Philadelphia. Farabee is a sniper, a very good two-way player and he could be a top-six forward one day for the Flyers. He played for USNTDP Juniors (USHL) last season and Joel Farabee scored 15 goals and recorded 25 assists. His plus/minus was 26.

8. Isaac Ratcliffe, Winger: Ratcliffe was the 35th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He could be an elite goal scorer, but Ratcliffe has to brush up on his defensive game. He is 19 years old and scored 41 goals and recorded 27 assists, in 67 games last season with the Guelph Storm (OHL). His plus/minus was -28. In six-playoff games, Isaac Ratcliffe scored five goals and recorded four assists. His plus/minus was -3.

7. Samuel Morin, Defenseman: Morin hasn't cracked the NHL much in his professional hockey career so far. He has played only in three NHL games and hasn't scored at all. His plus/minus is 1. Morin is a good two-way defense, skater, and passer. He tore his ACL in May and he now faces another uphill battle. Morin is 23 years old and he was the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. When he returns from his injury, Morin will be with Philadelphia and he can't be back at the AHL level anymore. In 15 games last season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL), he scored one goal and recorded six assists. His plus/minus was 4. In three-playoff games, Samuel Morin didn't score a goal or record an assist, but his plus/minus was 1.

6. Matthew Strome, Winger: Strome has two brothers at the NHL level already. His brother Dylan plays for the Arizona Coyotes and Ryan plays for the Edmonton Oilers. Matthew Strome is 19 years old and he was a fourth-round pick in 2017. Strome has already signed an entry-level deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is consistent night in and night out, and he was one of the reasons why the Hamilton Bulldogs won the OHL Title in six games over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Strome is an excellent play maker on the wing and it will open up goal scoring opportunities for him. He could be the best out of his three brothers. Matthew Strome scored 37 goals and recorded 31 assists, in 65 games last season with the Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). His plus/minus was 2. In 20-playoff games, Matthew Strome scored four goals and recorded 14 assists. His plus/minus was 5.

5. Jay O'Brein, Center: O'Brein was the 19th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He is just 18 years old and he is a tank down the middle. O'Brein is an offensive machine and he has the potential to be a top line centerman one day, but the odds are he will be a second line centerman. At Thayer Academy (USHS-Prep) last season, Jay O'Brein scored 43 goals and recorded 37 assists, in 30 games. He will be playing at Providence College (NCAA) next season.

4. Philippe Myers, Defenseman: Myers is a very good two-way defenseman and he is very good at being a distributor. Myers will provide even more depth to the Flyers defensive unit. They already have Travis Sanheim, Robert Hagg, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Ivan Provorov. Myers could very well be fighting for a roster spot next season. He is 21 years old and he was not drafted. In 50 games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL) last season, Philippe Myers scored five goals and recorded 16 assists, in 50 games. His plus/minus was 12. In 13-playoff games, he scored three goals and recorded four assists. His plus/minus was -6.

3. Morgan Frost, Center: Frost is an offensive juggernaut and he is line to be the Philadelphia Flyers number one centerman in a couple of years. Frost and Nolan Patrick could be line mates one day as well. Morgan Frost is a smart hockey player and he is very elusive. Frost scored 42 goals and recorded 70 assists, in 67 games last season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL). His plus/minus was 70. In 24-playoff games, he scored 10 goals and record 19 assists. His plus/minus was -4. Morgan Frost was one of the reasons why the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds made it to the OHL Finals, but they lost in six games to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

2. Oskar Lindblom, Winger: Lindblom got his feet wet at the NHL level last season and he has the potential to be a top-six forward, but Lindblom will be more of a depth player for now. He scored two goals and recorded four assists, in 23 games last season with the Philadelphia Flyers. Lindblom also played in four-playoff games. He wasn't much of a factor. In 54 games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Oskar Lindblom scored 16 goals and recorded 18 assists, and his plus/minus was 4. In 11-playoff games, he scored four goals and recorded three assists. His plus/minus was 2. Oskar Lindblom was a fifth-round pick in 2014 and he is 21 years old.

1. Carter Hart, Goalie: Hart is the best prospect in the Flyers system and he might be the best goaltending prospect in the entire NHL. A couple of years ago, I was wondering why the Flyers drafted him and I see why now. Hart is going to be the key piece to the puzzle for Philadelphia. The Flyers haven't had a good to great goalie in years. Carter Hart is athletic and he makes timely saves. He was the goaltender of the year at the WHL level. Hart played in 41 games and his record was 31-6-3 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.60 GAA, along with seven shutouts. He is only 19 years old and he was a second-round pick in 2016. Carter Hart is going to start the 2018-2019 season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL). It may not be long until he is the starter of the Philadelphia Flyers and might even be the middle of the 2018-2019 season, but I don't think the Philadelphia Flyers want to rush him.