If you haven’t followed the team’s preseason, don’t feel bad. On the results side, they finished the NHL portion of their preseason 1-2-3, with Monday’s game against Lausanne HC in Switzerland standing between them and the Chicago Blackhawks. In addition to Kevin Hayes’ stellar play, the biggest story to come out of this preseason has been the development of a number of young players. Here’s what you might have missed:
Carter Hart’s Been a Stud in Net
He stopped 56 of 57 shots faced in the preseason, one that began with fans and pundits wondering aloud if he’d be able to follow up an impressive rookie campaign. His pregame routine was also a highlight of NHL Network’s Behind the Glass: Training Camp with the Philadelphia Flyers:
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) September 26, 2019
Morgan Frost: Down, but (maybe) not out
Morgan Frost is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the Flyers’ system, and -especially following Nolan Patrick’s migraine disorder diagnosis– one who fans wanted to see make the team. However, he saw his preseason get cut short due to a groin strain. He’s been since sent down to the AHL to begin the season with the Phantoms, though I’d say there’s a chance he gets called back up when healthy, especially if Nolan Patrick’s absence continues further into the regular season than anticipated. Frost’s biggest asset is his vision, which some have compared to a young Claude Giroux. He racked up 37 goals and 72 assists a year ago for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, as well as eight points (4G/4A) in five games with Canada’s U20 squad at World Juniors. He put that same skill on display this preseason and figures to do the same this year with the Phantoms and/or Flyers.
— Brooke Destra (@BrookeNBCS) June 29, 2019
Despite 0 Points, Joel Farabee Backs Up the Hype
Joel Farabee might be the most exciting young player expected to make the Flyers’ opening night roster. Though he didn’t factor onto the score sheet, he averaged 14:14 TOI with just under three shots in twenty shifts per game. He’s got plenty of skill and figures to be a solid scoring threat on the wing. Plus, he seems like a trash-talking delight:
— Joel Farabee (@FarabeeJoel) September 25, 2019
Connor “The Best Player in Training Camp” Bunnaman
You read that right. It’s not my opinion, but that of the team’s GM Chuck Fletcher, who was rather effusive in his praise of the 21-year-old center:
He’s been the best player in training camp. He was outstanding in the practices. His first game wasn’t great but he’s gotten better and better and better. By best player I mean in terms of expectations. He’s come in and blown them away. I think a lot of these kids are gonna play games in the American League and in the NHL but he’s earned the right to be here. There’s still two games to go and it’ll be up to him, but there’s no reason to doubt that he can’t play some games for us last year.
Bunnaman was a guy who assistant GM Brent Flahr spoke highly of when he spoke with our own Anthony SanFilippo back in January:
If you look at (Connor) Bunnaman. He’s a kid I don’t think they had high expectations for right away because of where he was at in his development, but he’s coming and just keeps getting better every game. He plays a two-way game and he’s starting to score. He’s good on faceoffs, he kills penalties and the coaches seem to trust him in all situations. There’s a kid who they expected would take a little time to adjust and he’s adjusted quickly and is getting better and that’s exciting.
He’s clearly built off a positive first impression with the new regime and looks like the likely 4C to start the season, assuming Scott Laughton makes the jump to 3C.
Carsen Twarynski Followed Up Last Year’s Strong Camp with Another
Carsen Twarynski has been an energetic, relentless monster for the Orange & Black. He turned heads in camp last season, leading many to believe he’d earned a shot with Dave Hakstol’s squad. Though he didn’t manage to break through last season, his limitless energy led the way this preseason as he scrapped his way past another early favorite to make the team, German Rubtsov. For those who care about scoring, he found the back of the net twice in 59:23 TOI over five preseason games, including this beauty:
Twarynski gets one to go after a few good chances earlier. Great goal, 3-0 Flyers. pic.twitter.com/IticMppozi
— Brandon Murphy (@2Murphy8) September 22, 2019
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