Rookies Who Could Make a Difference in 2020-2021
It might be the offseason, but The Liberty Yell is still grinding on Flyers content and updates. Let’s take a closer look at Flyers’ rookies who could make a difference next season.
Morgan Frost (21)
Playing in his first 20 games this year, Frost got out to a really HOT start. Scoring a goal in his first ever game in Florida. Following that game up, he scored a goal and a dished a clutch assist to Claude Giroux to beat Carolina 5-3 on November 21st.
I mean…look at these hands down low..
Frost tailed off after those 2 games scoring 0 points in his 7 games. Frost was still creating plays, the vision, hockey IQ, skill and speed are all there. I don’t think anyone is arguing there. If it was just about speed, skill and hockey IQ he’d have a lot more then just 20 games under his belt. His game off the puck, his stregnth and keeping his feet consistently moving is something he needs to work on. Although, I personally thought he played well enough during those games to see more games.
Frost was with the team the entire time in the Toronto bubble, he just never saw the ice, not even in the Round Robin. Not playing in a NHL game in six months and jumping into a playoff game is a tough task for anyone, let alone a 21 year old kid with 20 NHL games under his belt.
Stranger things have happened though, look at Dallas. Rookie Joel Kiviranta who only had 11 NHL games under his belt. Gets thrown in the lineup due to Dallas dealing with injuries and not only scores the OT goal to send Dallas to the WCF, but a hat-trick. Now, I’m not saying Frost would’ve came in a totally took over a game or been a dominant force. But man, we didn’t even try to create a spark in the playoffs after getting outscored badly in both rounds. I’m just saying.
I’m really looking forward to hopefully seeing Morgan Frost come into Training Camp next year and prove to us why we’re so high on him.
Here’s a highlight we made a couple months ago.
Egor Zamula (20)
Unsigned FA in 2018, Zamula is a 20 year old, 6’3 smooth skating defenseman from Russia.
It doesn’t take a pro scout to notice how effortless Zamula can making skating look.
Zamula has been under the radar with the national media as well as some parts of the Flyers fans. Now, Zamula is starting to make a name for himself.
Averaging 22:23 minutes a game in the WJC-20, leading defenseman on Team Russia. Zamula helped lead his team to a Silver medal. He finished the tournament with 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points in 7 games.
The 20 year old did have his season cut short after the tournament, having to have season ending back surgery. Although that’s a scary injury for someone who’s so young, he’s made a recovery and was even on the Flyers playoff roster in the bubble.
Getting some high praise from Chuck.
Playing in 1 Round Robin game and looking good in it. It was extremely encouraging to see the young defenseman play so well. He had to be one of my picks to come into Training Camp next year and make some noise.
Tanner Laczynski (23)
A sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Tanner Laczysnki has quietly over the last 4 years, become a good hockey player. Scoring 34 points (11g 23a) in the NCCA is no easy task. His two-way game is very dependable and he’s also a guy who can score ontop. 2019 was Laczynski’s 4th straight year with 30+ points, 10+ goals and 20+ assists. Tanner is tied for second all-time with 13 career game winning goals for Ohio State, pretty clutch.
Assistant GM Brent Flahr, made it public a couple days ago that Lacnysnki (23) along with Wade Allison (22) and Linus Sandin (24), will all have a chance to fight for a spot in Training Camp. With plenty of foward depth in the organzation and the cap being a tight squeeze for the next couple season due to the flat cap, these young kids really have a chance to take a spot.
Wade Allison (22)
I have tried to make as many Development Camps as I’ve possibly can over the past couple years and I would always find myself leaving and catching myself talking about Wade Allison. He’s dealt with some injuries so far in his young career. Tearing his ACL in January of 2018, dealt with a shoulder injury after that. So there’s been no shortage of struggles for the kid, it’s been a uphill battle. But shit, can I say this.
He plays with a motor that never seems to slow down.
He’s always laughing, messing around with the guys on the ice. Always looking like he’s having fun out there. He plays a heavy game with speed and never dips away from contact, Philly fans will enjoy that. He reminds me of another Scotty Hartnell, honestly. His shot is alot better then what it’s talked about. Allison potted 45 goals in his 4 year career at Western Michigan, he’s is no stranger to twine.
Allison signed his ELC on March 23rd, finally making the jump to professinal hockey. Barring he can stay healthy, look for Allison to make a run at a spot at Training Camp. He might be a long shot, especially compared to Sandin & Lacnysnki, but I think Allison could be a nice bottom-six forward for the Flyers.
Cam York (19)
I was going to go with Mark Friedman here but honestly we’ve seem him be the Phantoms best defenseman for a good period of time and fill in for the Flyers whenever needed, plus look good doing it.
He even got a shiny new extension to show for the extremely solid play.
That being said, I thought he was a given to make a impact on the Flyers next year.
Yes, I know he’s going back to college for his sophomore year. Yes, I know he won’t even be at Training Camp. It’s a longshot pick, but I wanted to make a spicy last pick & I did. York getting stronger is going to come in time for the 19 year old. Learning how to play with grown men instead of younger talent is a learning curve. Yorks ability to read the game at an elite level, added with how effortlessly he can skate around players with ease are factors could help him speed up the jump and overcome the physical liabitlies.
Smart, smooth skating and able to quarterback a power-play in his sleep. He’s everything a front office wants in a modern day NHL defenseman.
Chuck has already came out and said he doesn’t see Cam York as a “four-year guy.” He dealt with some injuries in his freshman year at Michigan, having to miss some time.
That didn’t stop him from putting up points.
York opened up his career with a 3-point night againts Western Michigan. Scoring 5 goals and 11 assists in 30 games, York finished the year as a Rookie of the Year finalist & a Big Ten All-Freshman. York led freshmen on the team in scoring and was fourth overall with those 16 points.
York played some games (5) in the WJC-20, but older talent played infront of him. York will head back to Michigan next season and have a more expanded role there & at the World Juniors.
With all that being said, he’s a really good player but there’s a chance you don’t see him in Orange & Black next year. He would have to go to Michigan, absolutely light it up there and prove he can consistently play a tougher, physcial style of game. Sign his ELC with the Flyers, play well with the Phantoms and eventually get a call up, that’s even if there’s room with Philadelphia at that time. A lot of things would have to fall into place to see York next year.
Stranger things have happened. Go Flyers!
Mandatory Credit: Heather Berry - SB Nation