Nolan Patrick got most of the headlines after he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the second overall but he was not the only center taken by Ron Hextall in the first round. 25 picks later, the Flyers drafted Morgan Frost who has played the last two seasons with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League.
Even though Frost scored 20 goals and 62 points in 67 games last season, he was highly touted for his work without the puck as well.
"It's not about scoring goals or setting up goals all the time if you're going to be on the ice for goals-against," Frost recently told Adam Kimelman of NHL.com. "Plus/minus was something I wanted to improve on, and be harder to play against. Play defense. And they turned me into a more well-rounded player."
Frost’s coach Drew Bannister raved about the strides he made defensively last season and also how he made his wingers better when they skated with him.
"The biggest thing with Morgan is the defensive side, and all kids going into their draft year, they have this perception that they have to put up huge numbers to be a high draft pick," he said. "Morgan learned to play away from the puck last year.
"If a winger is struggling, we tend to put that person with Morgan to get that person going because Morgan has a good sense of getting the puck to guys in good opportunities and get them going."
Bannister plans on putting Frost on the penalty kill this season, a role he has yet to play in his OHL career.
"I want to be more of a two-way player," Frost said. "I haven't played any penalty kill in my first two seasons. Being put in that role helps that and shows me off better as a two-way player."
It seems like Frost will be quite experienced when he is ready to turn pro.