VOORHEES, N.J. - Flyers Skate Zone featured a full house Saturday night as 2019 development camp culminated with a 5-on-5 scrimmage.
Fans packed the practice facility and Gritty even checked out the team's future by making an appearance.
Team Orange notched a 3-2 win over Team White in a fun, up-and-down game.
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Let's get into five observations from the night:
1. Center of attention
German Rubtsov looks the part.
From a physical standpoint, many of the prospects in camp still looked like kids, but Rubtsov did not. He is filled out and stands like an NHL center. He also plays like one with his hockey IQ and how he commands the pace.
The 2016 first-round pick stood out in all aspects, from positioning to using his body to make plays under control in a game that understandably had a frenetic style at times.
"He looks good," Flyers player development coach Kjell Samuelsson said. "He's healthy, he's fit and he can play."
He's on the Flyers' radar (see story).
2. That's some line
Team Orange sported a first line of Isaac Ratcliffe, Morgan Frost and Bobby Brink.
Not bad, right?
This year, Ratcliffe scored 50 goals, Frost had 109 points and Brink became a second-round pick.
The group was impressive Saturday. Ratcliffe scored a goal and Brink netted the game-winner. On Brink's goal, Ratcliffe started the play with a nice reverse pass in transition. Frost had an assist and created a ton of chances, to no surprise.
Ratcliffe and Frost were a part of the same 2017 draft class and have become great friends.
"That's really been a goal since draft day," Ratcliffe said of playing alongside Frost. "That was the first time I met Morgan, too, went up to the box there at the draft after the second round earlier in the day. That was the first time we said hi together. We kind of laughed about playing together one day on a line for the Flyers. To get a first taste of it today was pretty exciting and fun."
After the game, each player on both teams had the opportunity to take a shootout shot.
Frost wowed everyone with this:
He really likes that move.
3. There goes that Cam
Cam York is a smooth and dynamic skater. Just with his size, mobility and puck-handling, he sort of reminds you of Shayne Gostisbehere. York is 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, while Gostisbehere is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds.
Moving the puck means better possession and playing less defense.
At one point during the first of the two periods, York carried the puck into the offensive zone and kept it on his stick as he surveyed his options. If you didn't know, you'd think he was a forward on that play.
"Mobile defensemen," Samuelsson said, "that's today's hockey."
4. Seventh-round sleeper
Keep an eye on Wyatt Kalynuk in 2019-20. He'll be a captain on a talented Wisconsin team that is adding 2019 top-15 draft picks Alex Turcotte and Cole Caufield.
Kalynuk is an excellent skater with good size (6-1/181).
Wyatt Kalynuk can really skate, he said that's his biggest strength. He's an impressive seventh-rounder. Expect a big junior year for him with @BadgerMHockey. pic.twitter.com/lqyGSKLtJz— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) June 28, 2019
He's come a long way since being taken in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. After 25 points in 37 games as a sophomore, he appears primed for a breakout junior season with the Badgers.
5. King Felix
Felix Sandstrom was impressive all camp, in the 3-on-3 tournament and the 5-on-5 scrimmage.
The 2015 third-round pick is 22 years old and put up a 2.16 goals-against average this past season playing against men in the Swedish Elite League.
He'll be with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2019-20. You never know, he may be needed sooner rather than later with the Flyers to help Carter Hart and company.
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