The youth brigade has commenced in Philly.

All the elbow grease provided by Ron Hextall and his front office moves in his previous tenure as the Flyers general manager has finally come into fruition while current GM Chuck Fletcher watches from the press box.

Although the fruits of his labor haven’t translated into a brag-worthy winning streak or even a top spot in the Metropolitan Division this season so far, we have most definitely witnessed something special out of these rookies thanks to Fletcher’s trust in these kids to follow the most popular trends in this current era of the game.

Youth. Speed. Skill.

Most notably forward Joel Farabee, defenseman Phil Myers and as of Tuesday night in Florida, the hugely anticipated skill of Center Morgan Frost who, despite walking off the ice at BB&T arena in Sunrise Florida to a 5-2 loss, managed to net his first NHL goal in his debut NHL game halfway through the second period with spectacular fashion. He has also racked up his second goal in his second NHL game while shorthanded.

Joel Farabee

What left-winger rookie Joel Farabee lacks in points in fifteen games (with two goals and three assists) he’s made up for in his playmaking ability, speed and tenacity to pick up loose pucks. His ability to forecheck without the puck and pick up a loose dump in’s has given his 1st and 2nd linemates more opportunities to set up possession in the offensive zone. Farabee has a lot left on the table skill-wise that may take some time to harness, but the young rookie will no doubt give the Flyers more depth as the season rolls on.

Phil Myers

As for defenseman Phil Myers, he also joins Farabee and Frost in the ‘must-see’ category for Flyers rookies. Myers managed to net three goals three games in a row and is currently a +8 in team stats. Not bad for a 6’5 210lb blueliner making his debut in the NHL.

Carter Hart

The Flyers have seen their share of up’s and down’s in net for rookie sensation Carter Hart starting his first full season for the Flyers. However, it’s worth remembering that it could take a couple seasons for any young goaltender to feel at home in the NHL.

With the tempo of the game constantly evolving and speeding up, patience is the name of the game for any young netminder. Hart has shown Philadelphia he can own the start position for years to come in a relatively small yet promising sample size. Even with the fifty tons of pressure added by the Flyers die-hard fan base and media alike.

Luckily for Hart, he’s sharing the pressure with young players up and down the roster who are all showing growth, immense skill and promise as future pieces to this Philadelphia Flyers team. After all, it’s only November. Lest we forget, The Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues sat dead last at the beginning of January earlier this year before hoisting Lord Stanley six months later.

The ‘anything can happen’ mantra may not be stable enough to hang your hat on in Philly but this organization finally has all the pieces in place to make waves. Not only in the Metropolitan. Not only in the Eastern Conference. Quite possibly above 31 other teams in the league.

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