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Prospect Report: German Rubtsov and Morgan Frost
In 2016, the Flyers used their first-round pick to select the stellar prospect forward German Rubtsov from the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) minor league system. The Podolsk Vityaz team from 2016 produced four draft picks and three NHL free agents. Rubtsov played fifteen games in the KHL but played the majority of the season in the minors. Later in 2016, Rubtsov played for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL for the next two years, where he mustered 12 goals and 21 assists.
Rubtsov’s 2017-18 Season
At the end of the 2017-18 season, Rubtsov was traded to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. There, he scored 12 goals and tallied 20 assists, showing he has the skill to produce. This past season, for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Rubtsov mustered 10 points. He registered 6 goals and 4 assists, spending most of his games as a healthy scratch or a fourth liner. At this point in time, the Flyers organization does not believe Rubtsov will fit into the plan for next year. But, depending on minor-league Free Agents, Rubtsov could start more games for the Phantoms, hopefully tallying more points in the process. Through this, he can show the front office that he has what it takes to eventually play in the NHL.
The Flyers took, potentially, one of the best players in the first round of 2017. Morgan Frost was selected 27th overall in the draft. This crucial pick was acquired from the Saint Louis Blues in the Brayden Schenn trade. This outcome, so far, is turning out to be perfect. Morgan Frost has scored 30 goals or more in both of his past two seasons. The Soo Greyhounds leading scorer tallied 37 goals and 72 assists this past season, which totals an amazing 109 points.
Frost and his persistent scoring could break the NHL lineup next year and produce for Philadelphia. It is projected that, if he would play in the NHL, he would start in the middle six group and gradually work his way up to top six and top line. With a scorer like this, the Flyer will most likely keep Jakub Voracek around for at least this season to act as a mentor and set Frost up to score. Frost will be in the AHL and NHL in the 2019-20 season, as per GM Chuck Fletcher.
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