GM Ron Hextall must of known he was on to something when he traded forward Brayden Schenn to the Blues in order to jump a few spots ahead of the Blackhawks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and select Morgan Frost at 27th overall.
Frost sits third in OHL scoring with 47 points through 30 games. He’s currently riding an eight-game point streak in which he’s piled on four goals and 15 assists. The 18-year-old had put up seven straight multi-point games prior to this weekend. Frost also leads the OHL with a fantastic plus-32 rating. His terrific play has propelled the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to 17 straight wins, as they lead the entire league with a whopping 54 points. In fact, the team in second-place, the Hamilton Bulldogs, are a full 14 points behind Frost’s club.
The speedy playmaker is very intelligent and possesses tremendous offensive skills. The 6-foot, 180 pound center is having a fantastic campaign with the Greyhounds after really taking a leap forward in his OHL sophomore season last year. Frost turned heads at the CHL Top Prospects challenge winning both of the 30-meter fastest skater competitions (with and without the puck).
The Flyers have an elite offensive producer in Frost, who was looked over by Team Canada for the 2017 World Junior Championships. This is oddly similar to Claude Giroux’s situation in 2006-07, when the undersized center was passed over despite tearing it up in the QMJHL. Hockey Canada seems to favor 19-year-old players or at least 18-year-olds with previous Team Canada experience. Frost wasn’t invited to the 2017 Summer Showcase and Hockey Canada’s national team development camp in August, so he was pretty much already out of the picture before the OHL season began.
Here’s a look at a few of his best plays so far this season:
He’s got eyes on the back of his head:
Getting filthy on the penalty shot:
Showing off his speed and hands on the breakaway:
Frost is going to be a special player. He’s incredibly poised and seems to be able to read plays before they even happen. He’s an excellent skater with terrific acceleration and the ability to carry the puck with speed up the ice. Frost likely projects as a middle-six NHL center with second-line upside.