We got a pretty strong idea yesterday that Morgan Frost would be heading to the AHL to report to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but today it was made official. After only getting to play in two preseason games due to a groin injury, Frost will start the season in the minors.
Flyers officially announce that Morgan Frost has been removed from the camp roster and sent to the AHL.— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) September 27, 2019
Frost didn’t register a point in those two games, but he showed flashes of the high end skill he possesses. While we all certainly would have loved for Frost to make this team, the fact he didn’t is perfectly okay. The 20 year old prospect is still recovering from the groin strain he suffered, and it would realistically make zero sense for him to travel to Prague for him to not even play.
Yesterday, general manager Chuck Fletcher commented on Frost’s situation:
Fletcher on Frost: "It didn't make sense to play him on our 4th line. Right now, Scott Laughton will be in the 3rd center spot. It will benefit Morgan to play a lot of minutes and a lot of different situations. We are excited about his future with our [NHL] team."— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) September 27, 2019
Look, we’d all love to see Frost in a Flyers jersey as soon as possible, but this is a fair argument. This is a top two prospect in the organization who should probably be playing more than fourth line minutes as he transitions to facing better competition. Frost undoubtedly will be getting plenty of work in with the Phantoms, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him crack this lineup before the end of the calendar year.
Is it a bummer? Sure, but these are not the end times, folks. And with Joel Farabee appearing to be a lock for the opening day roster in Prague, there’s plenty to be excited for.