Subject: Roy Halladay 1977-2017
Subject: Here Is a Live Stream of the Press Conference
Subject: Roy Halladay Killed in Plane Crash Over Gulf of Mexico
Subject: The Phillies Have Released a Statement on Roy Halladay
Subject: Baseball Community and Others Mourn Roy Halladay
Subject: A Few Words
Subject: Carlos Ruiz on Roy Halladay
Subject: Ruben Amaro Recounts How Roy Halladay Would Text Him and Apologize For Poor Outings
Subject: Wednesday Morning Fly By: This break has been nice, eh?
Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*How’s everyone enjoying this little mini-break from the Flyers? Getting extra sleeping? Watching some shows? Well, we’ve come to the last day of our freedom. Spend it reading about how awesome Sean Couturier is. [BSH]
*The Flyers are aiming to score more off of the rush going forward. This would be nice. [Courier-Post]
*Mike Recchi, who people like for some reason, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. His old pal Rick Tocchet had some words to say about him. [NHL.com]
*The Flyers have used their time off to let some members of the Air Force play hockey with their favorite NHLers, which is pretty cool. [Philly.com]
*The Colorado-Nashville-Ottawa trade that happened this weekend was super fun, and not a thing we see very often in this league anymore. DGB brings us a few notable moves from the golden era of the three-way trade. [Sportsnet]
Subject: Crossing Broadcast: Doc
Subject: Eagles News: Philadelphia
Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/8/17.
Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...
Eagles are dominating in the trenches - PhillyVoice
On the season, on average, the Eagles have out-gained their opponents on the ground by more than 70 yards per game. Here is a chart that shows "Rush yard differential," or the difference between rushing yards per game, and rushing yards allowed per game. As you can see, the Eagles lead the league in this metric.
Afternoon QB With BLG: The Eagles Are So Good That We Don't Know What To Say About Them - BGNRadio.com
BLG talks about: how the Eagles dominated Denver, why it's OK to starting calling this team a Super Bowl favorite, how the Eagles have amazing team chemistry, and much more.
Teams at the Top - Iggles Blitz
I happen to think the Eagles are the best team. Clearly I am biased, but I can make a good case. Both teams are Top 5 on offense (points and yards). Both are very good on STs. Both are good on defense, but very different. The Eagles have a historically good run defense right now. They lead the league and are completely overwhelming RBs. The Rams are 26th in run defense. They give up 4.6 yards per carry.
NFL MVP poll: Who's the midseason favorite? - ESPN
The case for Carson Wentz: The quarterback of the team with the best record is almost always a top candidate, and at the moment, that's Wentz of the 8-1 Eagles. He leads the NFL with 23 touchdown passes against just five interceptions, and he ranks in the top five in passing yards, passer rating and Total QBR. Heading into the bye, Wentz dropped four touchdown passes on the Broncos' secondary in last week's win to stamp his and Philadelphia's case as legit.
Eagle Eye: How The Defense Dominated Denver - PE.com
After looking at the play of the Eagles offense in their dismantling of the Denver Broncos, I want to now look at what can be described as another dominant outing from this Eagles defense. They gave up 23 points in this game, but this was another extremely impressive performance against a Denver team that was very up and down throughout the season and was ushering in a new starting quarterback in Brock Osweiler. Needless to say, the Eagles defense gave Osweiler a warm, Philadelphia welcome to start the game.
Eagles DE Chris Long working to bring clean water to East Africa - 6ABC
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long was joined by friends and family Monday night in Center City to raise money to tackle a major issue off the football field. Chris is working to help those in Tanzania who are in need of clean water. "It started as a trip to Kilimanjaro and ended up being a life changing experience both for Chris and the people of East Africa," Chris' father and football legend Howie Long said.
All-22: How the Eagles found a way to drop 51 points on the Broncos - The Athletic
“It was working in practice, and they did a good job of scheming the game plan,” Jeffery said. “Carson did a great read. We practice it. If he pulls it, just take off and run. That’s how it worked out.” And of course, it helps that the quarterback is capable of making special plays on a weekly basis. “This is a hard throw, and Wentz throws this very casually,” Schwartz said. “You have Von Miller in your face. You have a very tight window. He hits him in stride. And it looks like he’s not even trying.”
Film Breakdown: Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement: The Eagles' three-headed RB monster - Inquirer
Each week this season, we’ll breakdown a player, trend or scheme from the Eagles’ previous game using the coaches all-22 film. This week, we spotlight their multi-faceted run game after the addition of Jay Ajayi. Eagles running backs rushed for a combined 197 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s 51-23 win over Denver. The Broncos had held opposing offenses to an average of 72.9 yards on the ground and hadn’t allowed a touchdown in their first seven games.
Eagles making NFL history on both sides of ball - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Opposing teams have run the ball only 166 times against the Eagles this year, the fewest in NFL history through nine games. The previous low was 171 against the 2003 Titans.
'First thing is honesty': How Eagles' Duce Staley handled RBs after Jay Ajayi trade - PennLive
LeGarrette Blount said the first call he received last week after the Eagles decided to trade for another Pro Bowl running back came from his position coach. Duce Staley played 10 season in the NFL. He's mentored a handful of stars during his five-year tenure as Philly's running backs coach. And he wanted to be the one to tell the 30-year-old Blount that the team dealt a fourth-round pick to the Dolphins to acquire Jay Ajayi, a ball carrier who will compete for significant playing time and carries.
Week 9 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The 2017 season has seen a lot of parity, without a historically dominant team. But the best teams of the year are still pretty good, and they're very well-rounded. As of this week, there are now four different teams that rank in the top 10 on both sides of the ball, two of which are in the top 10 on special teams as well. The Rams are one, and the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles are the other. In fact, the Eagles are even better-balanced than the Rams are. They rank ninth or higher if we break down the game into five phases instead of three: pass offense (4), pass defense (8), run offense (9), run defense (8), and special teams (5).
NFL 2017 PFF mid-season All-Pro Team - PFF
Elite Stat: Over his last three games, Jason Kelce has allowed just five pressures including not allowing any in his last outing against Denver in Week 9. Jason Kelce has returned to form his best play this season for the Eagles and has been a major part of their offensive line being so dominant. Kelce has allowed 13 total pressures, which is more than ideal for a center, but his run blocking in Philadelphia’s zone blocking concepts has been fantastic, and catapults him to the top of PFF’s center rankings.
Broncos offensive line gave up more pressures against Eagles than any other game - Mile High Report
According to Pro Football Focus, the Denver Broncos offensive line gave up more pressure against the Philadelphia Eagles than in any game this season.
Pete Carroll’s stubborn run-first attitude cost the Seahawks in Week 9 - SB Nation
The Seahawks can’t run the dang ball anymore, but they keep trying anyway.
Bad Quarterback Performance Of The Week: Brock's Still Bad - Deadspin
Brock Osweiler is back and I have some really good news: He’s still very much Brock Osweiler. Coming into this weekend, the former $37 million man hadn’t started a game since January 2016, and he hadn’t started one for the Broncos since January of 2015. But his long and tragicomic and implausibly lucrative journey eventually brought him back to Denver, and on Sunday the Broncos were reintroduced to an old friend.
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Subject: Load Managed: Four Observations from Sixers 104, Jazz 97
Subject: Your Wednesday Morning Roundup
Subject: The NFC East is inspiring!
Get fired up!
It was an inspirational week in the NFC East. The Eagles continued their run of dominance by embarrassing one of the league’s best defenses. The Cowboys rallied to beat one of the best teams in the AFC. The Redskins put together a late game winning drive in Seattle. The Giants… well, umm… uhh...
Ben McAdoo's halftime speeches sound epic pic.twitter.com/9HyJPPVOOh— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) November 5, 2017
Anyone else feeling inspired? I’m feeling inspired to do this recap with as few words as possible.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
This Week: Bye week
“Hey coach, the Eagles are kicking the shit out of us." pic.twitter.com/tIW5wcPLBA— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) November 5, 2017
Vance Joseph had 45:07 of game time to get his team to turn it around. They lost 34-20 the rest of the way.
Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
This Week: Ezekiel Elliott will try to get his suspension punted for another week before facing the Falcons.
Is it bad when the highlight of the game is by the losing team?
Washington Redskins (4-4)
This Week: Host the Vikings, who got rid of Blair Walsh in the offseason.
Kirk sacrificed Rob Kelley to the football gods pic.twitter.com/It59NVW1eW— Danny (@recordsANDradio) November 5, 2017
I NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER, EVER want to hear from any of you clowns agains about Kirk Cousins' sucking in big spots. As big as u get.— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) November 6, 2017
New York Giants (1-7)
Last Week: The Rams played, the Giants supposedly played, the Rams won 51-17.
This Week: Are underdogs to the 0-9 49ers.
Before the game:
During the game:
After the game (once more, with feeling):
Ben McAdoo's halftime speeches sound epic pic.twitter.com/9HyJPPVOOh— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) November 5, 2017
Tweet of the Week (that hasn’t already been used)
What could possibly be on Ben McAdoo's play card? pic.twitter.com/BqYr3LQw5Q— The Ringer (@ringer) November 5, 2017
Subject: Eagles pay tribute to Roy Halladay
Rest in peace, Doc.
Yesterday was a very sad day.
Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash on Tuesday. He was only 40 years old.
I know this is an Eagles blog, but Halladay was clearly such a big part of the Philadelphia sports scene when he was here. As such, the Eagles released a brief statement following the tragic news.
The Eagles are saddened to learn of the passing of Phillies icon Roy Halladay. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/hyonhmVntj— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 7, 2017
The team also decided to hang the Eagles flag at their facility at half-staff today.
Eagles flag is at half-mast. pic.twitter.com/sn2SwpETIq— Alex Smith (@Alex_SmithPHI) November 8, 2017
Halladay was a tremendous player. His no-hitter in the playoffs was probably the most singular dominant athletic performance that I’ve ever watched.
I remember watching that game with my family. We were so happy. I remember the joy Halladay brought everyone every time we all got to watch him.
Halladay wasn’t just a great player. By all accounts, he was also a really great person. He is gone way too soon.
Rest in peace, Doc.
Gone far too soon.— Phillies (@Phillies) November 8, 2017
Rest In Peace, Doc. pic.twitter.com/khboArOzRm
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Subject: Sam Bradford Injury: Vikings quarterback placed on injured reserve
Sammy Sleeves is done for the season.
Not exactly the best birthday gift for Bradford, who turns 30 years old today.
This year marks another lost season for the oft-injured quarterback. Bradford played very well in the Vikings’ season opener, but he’s been plagued by a knee issue ever since. Bradford recently had a procedure done on his knee.
Bradford is set to be replaced on the roster by the injured quarterback he originally replaced last year: Teddy Bridgewater. It’s expected that Bridgewater will be the backup, however, with Case Keenum continuing to start for now.
I’ve said it like a billion times by now, but I just can’t believe how the Eagles seriously traded Bradford for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick. That first-round pick ended up being Derek Barnett. I’ve seen some people say the 2018 fourth-round pick turned into Jay Ajayi, but that’s not necessarily true. The fourth-round pick the Eagles traded to the Dolphins for Ajayi was conditional. The condition being: the Eagles will send the SECOND of their three fourth-round picks to Miami. It’s possible that pick could be the one from the Vikings, but it’s not guaranteed just yet. Just wanted to clear that up.
But yeah, back to Bradford. It certainly sucks for him that he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. That’s just one of the reasons the Eagles couldn’t afford to risk moving forward with him as their starter.
The Eagles wisely hedged their short-term bet on Bradford by investing in a long-term option at quarterback: Carson Wentz. I’d say that trade has worked out so far considering the second-year passer is already the favorite to win NFL MVP.
Subject: Flyers prospect report: Wade Allison nets a hat trick
The Wade Allison hype-train has arrived
Phantoms update: This is Danick Martel’s world, we’re just living in it
Philippe Myers (D): 1 GP, 1 assist, 1 shot
Undrafted Free Agent
Myers missed both Saturday and Sunday’s games after exiting the game early on Friday. Myers has been limited to just 9 of the Phantom’s 13 games this season due to injuries. These aren’t great signs for the promising defenseman who has had injury troubles last season as well. Myers sits at 5 points (2 G, 3 A).
Mark Friedman (D): 3 GP, 9 shots
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall
It certainly isn’t for a lack of trying as Mark Friedman has racked up 27 shots in 12 games so far, but has yet to find the back of the net. Just 2 points this season for the rookie d-man.
Mike Vecchione (C): 3 GP, 2 assists, 4 shots, 2 PIM
Undrafted Free Agent
Vecchione nearly keeps his point-per-game pace with a pair of assists on the weekend. He has 12 points (2 G, 10 A) in 13 games.
Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (RW): 3 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots, 4 PIM
2014 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
Aube-Kubel’s 4th goal of the season puts him just 5 away from his total in 2016-17.
Danick Martel (RW): 3 GP, 3 goals, 1 assist, 9 shots
Undrafted Free Agent
For those not counting at home, that is a 5-game goal-scoring streak for Martel. His 13 goals in 13 games lead the AHL. The next closest skater has 8. Check out a couple of his goals from the weekend here and here.
Oskar Lindblom (LW): 3 GP, 2 assists, 4 shots
2014 5th Round Pick, 138th overall
The 5-game point streak came to an end on Saturday. Lindblom has collected 8 points (2 G, 6 A) in 13 games this rookie season.
Mikhail Vorobyov (C): 3 GP, 1 goal, 3 shots
2015 4th Round Pick, 104th overall
Vorobyov’s first professional goal! That’s 6 points (1 G, 5 A) in 13 games for the Russian rookie.
Alex Lyon (G): 1 GP, 4 GA, 11 saves
Undrafted Free Agent
It’s hard to imagine Stolarz not out-performing Lyon this season if he were healthy. Though with the string of injuries (Brennan, Morin, Myers) and call-ups (O’Neill) it’s had to of been a tough job. Not to mention guys like Sanheim and Hagg starting the season with the big-club. Lyon sports an ugly .897 SV% in 9 games.
Notable Canadian junior performers this week:
Connor Bunnaman (C/LW), Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall
The Bun-man has been very good of late, scoring 9 goals in his last 9 games. Coincidentally that is also his goal total for the season. The power forward has 13 points (9 G, 4 A) in 15 games.
Anthony Salinitri (C), Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 172nd overall
It’s been a tough stretch for Salinitri who has just 2 points in his last 8 games. The 4th year OHLer has 15 points (4 G, 11 A) in 18 games.
Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 1st Round Pick, 27th overall
- 11/1 - 3 assists, 5 shots, 17 for 28 FOW
- 11/4 - 6 shots, 2 PIM, 9 for 21 FOW
- 11/5 - 1 assist, 1 shot, 2 PIM, 11 for 19 FOW
This Morgan Frost character is looking alright, huh? 22 points (7 G, 15 A) in 18 games in his 3rd season in the OHL. He is on a 80+ point game pace for the season.
Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall
Ratcliffe missed Friday’s game with the flu, but made it out for Saturday’s contest. He sits at a slightly disappointing 9 points (5 G, 4 A) in 16 games.
Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall
A quiet week for Sushko who remains at 14 points (9 G, 5 A) in 14 games. This has still been quite the breakout for the 18 year old Belarusian.
Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall
The youngest of the Strome brothers continues to putter along. He has 5 goals and 5 assists in 15 games this season. His assists this weekend were his first since 10/14.
Carsen Twarynski (LW), Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall
It wasn’t a great weekend for Twarynski who received a major-boarding penalty and game misconduct on Friday. No reports if there will be supplemental punishment for Twarynski, but game misconduct would indicate to me that one could be on its way. Otherwise, the 4th year WHLer has 16 points (9 G, 7 A) in 14 games.
Carter Hart (G), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
Perhaps the best news of the week is CARTER HART IS BACK!!! He had been out of the lineup since 9/30 with mono. He will be participating in the CIBC Canada/Russia series for Team WHL.
Pascal Laberge (C), Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 36th overall
Still not quite at the pace that would have me excited for the former 2nd round pick. Laberge has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) in 15 games.
German Rubtsov (C), Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall
You might recognize that Rubtsov is no longer playing for Chicoutimi as he was traded last week. This is likely a good thing for Rubtsov as Acadie-Bathurst is a much better team. Combined, he has 14 points (4 G, 10 A) in 13 games. You can see his goal here. Rubstov will also be participating in the CIBC Canada/Russia series for Team Russia.
Notable European performers this week
Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
With the new week also went Högberg’s lengthy TOI from last week (games of 21:07 and 19:13).
David Bernhardt (D), Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall
Go figure Bernhardt’s first points of the season would come in the same weekend. Still seeking out that first goal of the season (he had just 2 in 27 games with Djurgårdens last season)
David Kaše (C/W), Mora IK (SHL)
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall
It certainly didn’t look good as Kase took a hip (or perhaps knee on knee?) check in Saturday’s game. He could be out for awhile.
Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall
- 11/5 - 3 shots, 2 PIM, 8:47 TOI
Lycksell makes his SHL debut! Not too shabby for the 18 year old. He had 13 points (7 G, 6 A) in 17 games for the J20 team.
Ivan Fedotov (G), Toros Neftekamsk (VHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall
The forgettable season continues for Fedotov as he adds onto his .891 SV% in 11 games.
Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall
Ustimenko hung on in a slugfest 8-5 victory on Halloween and followed it up with a solid performance the next day. He holds a .921 SV% in 20 games.
Euro Notes: Felix Sandström (G) remains out of the lineup for Brynäs IF and did not play last week (undisclosed injury).
Notable NCAA and USHL performers this week:
Wade Allison (RW), Western Michigan University
2016 2nd Round Pick, 52nd overall
Allison is already at half his goal total (6) from last season (12). However, he’s done it in 9 games thus far as opposed to the 36 last year. We should soon expecting big things from the sophomore winger. You can check out his goals on Saturday here.
Tanner Laczynski (RW/C), Ohio State University
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall
Fellow sophomore Laczynski has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in 10 games this season.
Cooper Marody (C), University of Michigan
2015 6th Round Pick, 158th overall
Brendan Warren (LW), University of Michigan
2015 3rd Round Pick, 81st overall
Warren did not partake in the scoring despite the 9 goals scored by Michigan this weekend.
David Drake (D), University of Connecticut
2013 7th Round Pick, 192nd overall
Drake is about as boring a prospect as you can follow. He has 0 points in 10 games this season.
Wyatt Kalynuk (D), University of Wisconsin
2017 7th Round Pick, 196th overall
After a 3-game point streak that saw him get all his season’s points (5 assists), Kalynuk goes cold this weekend against North Dakota.
Terrance Amorosa (D), Clarkson University
2013 5th Round Pick, 132nd overall
Amorosa bags another two assists to give him 7 on the season (to go along with his 2 goals). He is Clarkson’s 2nd leading scorer.
Noah Cates (LW), Omaha Lancers (USHL)
2017 5th Round Pick, 137th overall
- 11/3 - 2 PIM
- 11/4 - 1 goal, 4 shots
Second goal of the season for Cates to give him 3 points in 10 USHL games.
Matej Tomek (G), Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 90th overall
- 11/4 - 5 GA, 25 saves
The string of bad starts continue for Tomek who has given up 3, 4 and 5 goals in his last 3 starts. His SV% and GAA on the season are .885 and 3.07, respectively.
Subject: NFL Draft Prospect of the Week: Hercules Mata
Best name ever?
Everyone knows just how good Bryce Love is, so it is curious that Love was held to a measly 69 rushing yards (nice) last weekend against Washington State. Love, who was averaging over 10 yards per carry before the weekend, only picked up 4.3 yards a carry facing the cougars and most of his yardage came on one 52 yard run.
So what slowed down one of the nation’s most explosive players and a Heisman front runner?
None other than a man named Hercules Mata’afa.
It is fitting that such a monumental task was accomplished by a player named Hercules. It was truly an epic defensive performance by the 6’2”, 250 pound defensive lineman to shut down the most explosive runner in college football. Mata’afa was constantly disrupting the line of scrimmage, hitting runners in the backfield or at the line and creating opportunities for his teammates to swarm Stanford’s offense.
Mata’afa is a unique player because Washington State deploys his athleticism all over their defensive line. Even as a 250 pound player, he can often be seen lining up inside at tackle just so he can explode through the line of scrimmage to attack the ball carrier. He is a bit inconsistent, but his talent is undeniable. Already, Mata’afa is up to an incredible 16.5 tackles for a loss this season, including 6.5 sacks. Both of these figures surpass his season total from last year.
Only a junior, Mata’afa is a young prospect with a ton of upside and he could be one of the most exciting defensive prospects in the upcoming class. While it is not a sure thing that he enters, it is definitely possible considering the dominant season he is having.
Other performances of note:
- Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa: After being highlighted in last week’s “Prospect of the Week” column, Joshua Jackson turned in an electric performance on the biggest stage yet. Jackson reeled in three interceptions against Ohio State, including an incredible “Odell-like” one handed snag in the end zone. While he did give up a touchdown, his playmaking ability was a big reason Iowa massively upset the Buckeyes. Jackson should be shooting up media draft boards now.
- Ronald Jones, Running Back, USC: A regular on these articles, Ronald Jones once again wowed, this time against Arizona. Jones ran for almost 200 yards and three touchdowns, breaking off long runs and bouncing off defenders all night. Jones is clearly one of the country’s best running backs and it will be exciting to see him continue to dominate on a weekly basis.
- Ryan Carter, Cornerback, Clemson: Clemson entered into a shootout with NC State and came away on the winning side. Despite it being a high scoring affair, none of the Wolf Pack’s points can be blamed on Clemson’s senior cornerback, Ryan Carter. The small defender did not allow a single catch, yet got his hand on four passes; including an interception. Carter was always an underrated player on consistently loaded Tiger defenses but this might be the year that he finally gets his due.
Subject: Eagles fans! Come hang out with BGN Radio during the bye week
Free pizza, free beer, and more!
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Subject: A look at Morgan Frost
We might just have something in this Morgan Frost character
With 22 points in 18 games, Morgan Frost is currently 14th in the Ontario Hockey League in points this season. What may be even more encouraging to Philadelphia Flyers fans is the fact 20 of those 22 points are primary. As a recent late first round draft pick who is still in the OHL, Frost should be racking up points. However, a lot goes into the on-ice success of any player, especially for a prospect playing in a league where the skill among any team can vastly differ. Are they being propped up by often playing with a high-end prospect? Are they just tapping pucks in for goals or watching teammates skate two-thirds of the ice to score for an assist? Are they capitalizing on power-play time and not doing much at even strength? To answer these questions, I took a look at all of Frost’s primary points this season, as well as where he has been taking his shots in all situations.
COMPARISON TO LAST YEAR
When it comes to prospects, it's reasonable to expect an uptick in point production for a player who is still playing junior hockey after recently being drafted. For Frost, some people expected a bigger point increase for the Philadelphia pick than others. Ryan Biech, who currently writes for The Athletic and Canucks Army, had this to say about Frost on an episode of The Hockey PDOcast just before the 2017 NHL Entry Draft:
“Nothing can replace seeing these players live. Like I look at a player like Morgan Frost with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He played a depth, middle-six role for the Greyhounds because they had Senyshyn and Katchouk, and he’s somebody who did very well in that role. Next year, when these players graduate, then he’s going to be the next step up and he could be a very good bet in the 2nd or 3rd round for a team because he’s going to take that step up. Then people will be like ‘Oh, where did he come from?’ where he wasn’t a point per game player (this year)”
Sounds like a pretty promising comment coming from a reliable source when it comes to grading draft-eligible players. When you consider that the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' two leading point producers from 2016-2017 in Bobby MacIntyre (now with the Jacksonville IceMen in the ECHL) and Zachary Senyshyn (15th overall pick in 2015 now with the Providence Bruins) are no longer on the team, there should be, to an extent, more offensive opportunities for the team's third-best and fourth-best point producers from last season in Boris Katchouk (second-round pick for Tampa Bay in 2016) and Frost. Although Frost and the Greyhounds have only played 18 games this season, let's take a look at his numbers this season compared to his 2016-2017 numbers:
Frost's 2016-2017 season: 67 games, 20 goals (13 five-on-five), 25 primary assists (22 five-on-five), 62 points (42 five-on-five), 142 shots (104 five-on-five), 0.30 goals-per-game (0.19 five-on-five), 0.93 points-per-game (0.63 five-on-five)
Frost's 2017-2018 season: 18 games, 7 goals (3 five-on-five), 13 primary assists (7 five-on-five), 22 points (11 five-on-five), 57 shots (33 five-on-five), 0.39 goals-per-game (0.17 five-on-five), 1.22 points-per-game (0.61 five-on-five)
Frost looks to be on pace to post better numbers than he did last year, as his overall goals-per-game and points-per-game averages have increased a considerable amount due to special teams' play (he's generated a few shots shorthanded).
It's early in the season, but it is good to see that six of his seven goals have been put home inside the home-plate area. Frost also seems to be scoring in all kinds of situations, as he has three goals on the rush, three goals while the Greyhounds were cycling, and one on a penalty shot. He also has three even-strength goals (two of which came with Katchouk and Cole MacKay, one with Katchouk and Ryan Roth) , three power-play goals (one with Katchouk and MacKay, one with Katchouk and Tim Gettinger, and one with Katchouk and Barrett Hayton), and his first shorthanded goal over his three seasons in the OHL (that penalty shot). Two of Frost's goals have come from collecting rebounds and one of his goals was a one-timer, where he teed off on a MacKay pass in a 6-3 loss to the Sarnia Sting on October 27th.
One positive we can take from Frost's goals so far this season is they really illustrate his speed. After Corey Pronman of The Athletic talked about his misleading speed as a skater, Frost demonstrated it against the Kitchener Rangers in a 3-2 win on October 13th, as he skated two-thirds of the ice past a few flat-footed opponents before converting on a breakaway opportunity. He also used that speed to earn his shorthanded penalty shot against the London Knights on September 24th.
Looking at his shots so far in 2017-2018, it's obvious Frost either drives to the net or takes his attempts above the left circle. Fifteen of his 57 shots have come either in the crease or below the circles near the crease, while 16 of his shots came from the left faceoff dot to the top of the left circle. He has four games so far this season with five shots on goal or more, including an 11-shot game in that loss to the Sarnia Sting on October 27th.
When is comes to assisting his teammates, Frost has looked great this season. Of his 13 primary assists this season (10 coming at even strength), Frost has seven assists on the rush and six coming mid-cycle. Of those seven assists on the rush, his assist on the power play against the Flint Firebirds on October 28th and his second assist in his three-assist outing against the Sudbury Wolves on November 1st were plays that were created by Frost leading 2-on-3 rushes.
The Orange and Black's prospect has also shown plenty of creativity show far this season when it comes to setting up teammates. He has completed a slap pass to Gettinger on the power play against the Oshawa Generals, a give-and-go shorthanded with Keeghan Howdeshell against the Kingston Frontenacs, and was the second part of a tic-tac-toe goal scored by Rasmus Sandin against the Wolves on November 1st that saw a pair of cross-ice passes.
On top of creativity, Frost has also shown his understanding that a good chunk of goals come once you get the goalie moving. Of his 13 primary assists so far this season, 11 of Frost's assists were completed passes, while a pair of his assists were teammates putting in a rebound he created. Of those 11 passes that resulted in assists, three were cross-ice passes and three were from below the goal line. Two of Frost's assists from below the goal line came from behind the net, as he backhanded a pass to Roth in the slot against the Saginaw Spirit on October 11th and hit Holden Wale at the point on October 20th against the Frontenacs.
Although he has played most of the season with Katchouk, Frost has done plenty of the legwork on his primary points. He’s getting to the dirty areas for a good portion of his shots and completing passes that are proven successful measures in the NHL. If he keeps scoring at this pace all season, Frost will break the 80-point plateau, a mark only 15 OHL players hit in 2016-2017. Regardless of whether or not he hits that number, the Flyers’ prospect is showing a lot of promise just months after being drafted by the Orange and Black.