Morgan Frost and Kevin Hayes both back; Flyers preparing for road-trip with Cam York call-up
Morgan Frost and Kevin Hayes have both been cleared from COVID protocol and will be available for tomorrow night’s game against the Seattle Kraken.
In addition to Frost and Hayes making their return, the Flyers added Cam York and Felix Sandstrom to the newly implemented taxi squad. The Flyers are gearing up for a four-game road trip, so having the extra bodies incase of an injury or another protocol could come in handy.
The lineups for practice Tuesday looked a lot better than what they looked like yesterday before Frost and Hayes were activated. We’re talking first line center, Patrick Brown here, it was scary stuff.
Flyers Lines During Tuesday’s Practice
Farabee – Hayes – Konecny
Lindblom – Giroux – Atkinson
JVR – Frost – Mayhew
Willman – Brown – MacEwen
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Connauton
(York – Seeler)
I loved the way Frost – Giroux – Atkinson were playing before Frost went on the COVID list. Lindblom stepped up against New Jersey and filled in for Frost extremely well, so I can’t blame Yeo for sticking with that line.
Frost also had some success with Gerry Mayhew down with the Phantoms, so there’s some familiarity there. He is still second on the Phantoms in points (15P in 16GP), right behind Mayhew (16P in 24GP), despite not playing for them in some time.
York getting the call over Zamula is a little eyebrow-raising to me. He is just coming back from battling COVID, and really wasn’t very good before that. Since returning, he’s been better, but I think Zamula’s all-around game has been crisper.
PP1: Giroux (left wall), Konecny (slot), Farabee (right wall), JVR (net-front), Yandle (point)
PP2: Hayes (left wall), Atkinson (slot), Frost (right wall), Lindblom (net-front), Provorov (point)
It’s nice finally seeing Giroux cemented back in his left wall spot, he shouldn’t ever be anywhere else. Obviously, I won’t care if he ends up at the right wall due to the flow of the play. But for the most part, he has/needs to be in his natural spot.
I can see Frost and Hayes connecting for some slick passes on that second unit, while also having a sniper like Atkinson available in the slot. There have been times the second unit has overshadowed the first this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it continued this week.
I was told Yandle was this insane power play quarterback that was a plug-and-play on the first unit any day. I haven’t really seen that type of play from him on the man advantage, but he’s quite literally their best option, which is pretty sad.
Provorov, although I love him as a player, isn’t a power play QB. Sanheim and Ristolainen haven’t been given a chance on the first unit, despite getting chances at times with the second unit. You’re not even going to look in Braun’s or Connauton’s way, so Yandle it is!
Cam York, who is now on the taxi squad, would probably be the next best option to run a power play, but he’d need to find a way in the lineup first.
The Flyers practiced Tuesday before heading off to Seattle to start this four-game road trip. Seattle, San Jose, LA, and then Anaheim. It should be a fun week for Flyers fans if these games stay on schedule.
Mandatory Credit: Zack Hill Flyers PR