December 31-in-31: Philadelphia Flyers

Edric Joseph

2020-12-22

The 31-in-31 Offseason Series is an annual event here at DobberProspects! Every day in December we will be bringing you a complete breakdown of a team’s prospect depth chart, riser & fallers, and top prospect ranking. 

With a very balanced lineup and no glaring holes, prospects will have to do plenty of good with the ice time they are kindly afforded by Coach Vigneault and company. With the win-now window just opening for the Flyers, the chances to get multiple call-ups to audition for more playing time are going to be gradually tougher to come by. 

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Graduating To The NHL

Philippe Myers appears to be a frontrunner for the vacancy left by Matt Niskanen’s retirement. Failing to land that opportunity, he got along royally with Travis Sanheim. The Flyers got at least a marginally good deal signing him to the contract they did.

Joel Farabee was one of the better Flyers down the stretch, never mind young players. He did not knock it out of the park in his first season, although he sure did get on base. His hockey sense was prevalent throughout. He should do well driving the play offensively, up to his ability.

Nicholas Aube-Kubel really shined as a terrific glue guy in the games he was allotted an opportunity. While he is not a goal scorer by trade, per se, he did provide energy and excellent backup in puck scrums. To that end, he really carried the mail when aligned with Michael Raffl and Connor Bunnaman. Do not sleep on his playmaking. He is not Connor McDavid, although he can surprise some people at times.

On the Cusp

Morgan Frost really swung for it to start his NHL career, including a very memorable first career NHL goal. He managed to make a good impression, even when centering the third line and getting less cushy deployment. While he did punch himself out, he eventually regained his composure and continued to assert himself as a scoring threat. It would be a surprise to see him not make a leap to the NHL in a full-time capacity, his talent and upside demand it.

Connor Bunnaman