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Flyers prospect report: Morgan Frost and Isaac Ratcliffe are setting the pace in the OHL

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Samuel Ersson remains red hot

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Notable Phantoms performers this week:

Philippe Myers (D): 2 GP, 1 goal, 7 shots
Undrafted Free Agent

Myers ties his goal-total from last season with five in just in first 18 games (he played 50 last season FWIW). The young defenseman has 11 points in total this season and is likely only an injury away from joining the Flyers.

Mark Friedman (D): 2 GP, 1 assist, 0 shots, 2 PIM
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall

Another assist this week gives Friedman 10 points (1 G, 9 A) in 18 games this season and is only six points away from tying his career-high from last season. Friedman has also been taking more penalties this season, with 18 this season. He had only 18 all of last season in 65 games.

Nicholas Aube-Kubel (RW): 2 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 4 PIM
2014 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall

NAK is back with the Phantoms after a short stint with the Flyers the past couple weeks. He notched his fourth goal and fifth assist in 10 games.

Mikhail Vorobyev (C), 2 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots
2015 4th Round Pick, 104th overall

You thinking Vorobyev is trying to prove something to Dave Hakstol and Flyers brass? Since being demoted Mikhail “Mike” Vorobyev has eight points (3 G, 5 A) in 10 games.

Carsen Twarynski (LW): 2 GP, 1 assist, 1 shot, 2 PIM
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall

It’s still slow going on the scoreboard for Twarynski. He has four points (1 G, 3 A) in 16 games.

David Kaše (RW): 2 GP, 2 shots, 2 PIM
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall

Kase has hit his first prolonged offensive drought of the season with no points in his last four games. He remains at 10 (4 G, 6 A) in 15 contests.

Connor Bunnaman (C): 1 GP, 1 shot
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall

Bunnaman didn’t play in Saturday’s game. The power forward has three points (2 G, 1 A) in 11 games in his first AHL season.

Carter Hart (G): 2 GP, 8 GA, 61 saves
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall

Very Carter Hart-like weekend with one great performance, followed by a lackluster one. He stopped 29 of 31 on Friday, but then let up 6 on 38 on Saturday. This is all fine as of right now for the AHL rookie netminder as he adjusts to the pro-level. His SV% through 12 games is .884.


Notable Canadian junior performers this week:

Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 1st Round Pick, 27th overall

  • 11/21 - 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 shots, 7 for 20 FOW
  • 11/23 - 1 goal, 9 shots, 12 for 25 FOW
  • 11/24 - 5 assists, 1 shot, 2 PIM, 13 for 28 FOW

With a nine-point week, Frost’s point-per-game (PPG) pace (1.77) has finally jumped ahead of his career-high from last season (1.67). Frost should easily eclipse career-highs in goals, assists and points by the end of the season. His 46 points (16 G, 30 A) in 26 games is second in the OHL and one point off the league-lead. Check out this breakaway laser here.

Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall

  • 11/23 - 2 goals, 12 shots, 0 for 1 FOW
  • 11/24 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 PIM
  • 11/25 - 1 goal, 4 shots, 4 PIM

Another OHLer on a career-high PPG pace (1.20) over last season (1.01). Ratcliffe has 30 points (19 G, 11 A) in 25 games. The one worry I have with Ratcliffe is I wonder how much of his goal-scoring is sustainable when he isn’t putting up an insane amount of shots (he already has 109 shots on goal, which is nearly 4.5 shots a game. He does have hands though.

Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall

  • 11/23 - 1 goal, 5 shots, 8 for 14 FOW
  • 11/24 - 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 shots, 8 for 16 FOW
  • 11/25 - 0 shots, 4 for 7 FOW

Strome is oddly pacing for more assists than goals from last year. He is up to 28 points (10 G, 18 A) in 25 games. Another interesting development was the increased time in the faceoff circle this week.

Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall

Sushko was the bad kind of streaky this week. After I talked him up the last couple weeks, he throws up goose eggs. Let me know which struggling prospect you’d like to do better. I can likely help you with that. Maksim has 21 points (6 G, 15 A) in 26 games.

Wyatte Wylie (D), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2018 5th Round Pick, 127th overall

A surprisingly quiet week for Wylie who was seemingly rattling off points at will. The offensive defenseman has 24 points (5 G, 19 A) in 27 games and tied for sixth most by a D-man in the WHL.

Egor Zamula (D), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Undrafted Free Agent

A good, but not great week for Zamula (this only considering what he has done in the previous few weeks). He has 17 points (3 G, 14 A) in 26 games.


Notable European performers this week

Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall

  • 11/22 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 16:35 TOI
  • 11/24 - 1 shot, 17:04 TOI

Högberg gets his second goal of the season! He had only two all of last season in 42 games.

David Bernhardt (D), Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall

As per the usual, no points for Bernhardt this week.

Adam Ginning (D), Linköping HC (SHL)
2018 2nd Round Pick, 50th overall

  • 11/22 - 1 shot, 15:29 TOI
  • 11/24 - 2 PIM, 20:39 TOI

Adam Ginning doesn’t get any points, but did skate the second most minutes among skaters in Saturday’s game. Not a bad feat for an 18 year old.

Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall

  • 11/22 - 1 assist, 09:01 TOI
  • 11/24 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 09:10 TOI

The offense returns for Lycksell who had went over a month without a point it seems. The 19 year old has two goals and five assists in 21 games this season.

Marcus Westfält (C), Brynäs IF (SHL)
2018 7th Round Pick, 205th overall

Westfält getting treated as the extra forward this week, so nothing new to report for the 18 year old other than he remains at zero points in 12 games with Brynäs.

Felix Sandström (G), HV71 (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall

Sandström gets into one game this week and plays well! Things seem to be looking up for the Swedish netminder. His SV% on the season is up to .897 in nine games.

Samuel Ersson (G), Västerås IK (Allsvenskan)
2018 5th Round Pick, 143rd overall

Ersson has been absolutely incredible in his first year in Allsvenskan. He has a .942 SV% through 12 games and doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

Ivan Fedotov (G), Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall

No games for Fedotov this week. He has a .926 SV% in 13 games.

Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall

Ustimenko finally back in action after participating in the Four Nations Tournament. As you can see it didn’t go particularly well. His team lost 5-4 in OT. Ustimenko has a .910 SV% in 23 games.


Notable collegiate performers this week

Wade Allison (RW), Western Michigan University
2016 2nd Round Pick, 52nd overall

WMU was off this week, but will be back in action against Niagara this weekend. Wade Allison has three points (2 G, 1 A) in two games since returning from his torn ACL.

Joel Farabee (LW), Boston University
2018 1st Round Pick, 14th overall

No points this week for the 1st rounder. The freshman has five points (2 G, 3 A) in seven games.

Tanner Laczynski (C/W), Ohio State University
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall

  • 11/23 - 1 assist, 4 shots, 4 PIM
  • 11/24 - 0 shots

The underrated forward only picked up one point this week to give him 12 (5 G, 7 A) in 11 games.

Gavin Hain (C/W), University of North Dakota
2018 6th Round Pick, 174th overall

Hain sits at one point (an assist) in his first seven games this season. He had missed some time due to an undisclosed injury.

Jay O’Brien (C), Providence College
2018 1st Round Pick, 19th overall

Jay O’Brien returns to the lineup after a lengthy absence due to what I surmise as a concussion. In his freshman season he has yet to get a point in seven games.

Brendan Warren (LW), University of Michigan
2015 3rd Round Pick, 81st overall

Warren squared off against Wyatt Kalynuk and Wisconsin this weekend. Warren picked up his second assist and third point of the season.

Noah Cates (LW), University of Minnesota-Duluth
2017 5th Round Pick, 137th overall

Cates and U of Minn-Duluth take a break this week. They’ll be back this weekend for a set of games against Gavin Hain and North Dakota.

Wyatt Kalynuk (D), University of Wisconsin
2017 7th Round Pick, 196th overall

No points for Kalynuk leaves him with 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in 14 games.

Jack St. Ivanny (D), Yale University
2018 4th Round Pick, 112th overall

St. Ivanny has been impressive thus far, pumping out five points (1 G, 4 A) in seven games overall.

Matej Tomek (G), University of Nebraska-Omaha
2015 3rd Round Pick, 90th overall

Like last week, Tomek didn’t play again. It’s very likely he only comes in if there is mop-up needed. If I were Tomek, I’d be looking for a job overseas to get any kind of opportunity to play consistently... even if it’s bad.