Team USA didn’t get the result they wanted Saturday afternoon at the World Junior Summer Showcase, but all three Flyers’ prospects representing the blue and white looked great in a losing cause.
Both of the Flyers’ first round draft picks in the 2018 NHL Draft sniped goals for their country, while the Flyers’ fifth round pick from 2017 might have scored the goal of the tournament.
Joel Farabee, Jay O’Brien (2) and Noah Cates all found the back of the net in a heated rival matchup against Canada on the last day of the showcase.
Team Canada defeated Team USA 6-5, but it was the Philadelphia prospects putting on a show.
Farabee was skating on a line with Sens’ prospect Brady Tkachuk and converted a one-timer to open the scoring after a great individual effort from the Boston native:
O’Brien showed off his great shooting ability with a perfect snipe in the second period:
Cates dazzled when he found a loose puck in the slot and went between-the-legs for one of the nicest goals of the tournament:
O’Brien added another in the second period, burying a rebound after some nice moves from defenseman Quinn Hughes:
Five American goals scored against Canada — four scored by Flyers’ prospects.
Farabee is looking like a lock for Team USA’s official World Junior roster in December after a great showing at the summer showcase. The Flyers’ 14th overall draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft scored back-to-back goals for USA Blue earlier in the week against Canada and was named Player of the Game.
O’Brien had two assists in Team USA’s game against Finland and has been playing a key role on special teams. He was named Player of the Game for USA on Saturday after his two-goal effort against Canada.
Cates is getting loads of praise for his play at the tournament and there’s some speculation he could sneak into a bottom-six role for the Americans come December.
One of the most pleasant surprises for Team USA is Noah Cates (PHI). Plays fast, battles. Rewarded with a goal off of a scrum in front. I think he’s on the inside track to be a bottom six PK guy who can provide scoring depth. Fits USA’s identity really well.
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) August 4, 2018
Get excited Flyers fans because the future is looking very bright.