Philadelphia announced on September 21st, Kevin Hayes will be out 6-8 weeks due to abdominal surgery. There could be a lot of players who will slide into Hayes’ spot on the second line. In addition, forwards, Morgan Frost and Derek Brassard have proven they can be the lucky ones with huge improvements in camp and games.
Reasons Morgan Frost Should start On the Second Line
Let us take a moment to recognize that some people thought Morgan Frost did not have the tools to compete at the NHL level 2 years ago due to no room. This offseason Morgan Frost excelled drastically in the player development camp and continued his success in the preseason games. In the second preseason against Boston, Morgan provided great skill sets such as poke checking, winning battles in the face-off zone, and putting his body on the line to extend the procession offensively. In the third period at 11 minutes, Morgan gave the Flyers an efficient power play possession by recognizing he couldn't pass and moved up into the faceoff zone and shot the puck off his stick. Even though Morgan Frost may not have the same game as Hayes, he can still provide a different style on the second line to help his teammates.
Reasons Derick Brassard Should Start On the Second Line
Derick brings a lot of versatility and can play on any line for the Philadelphia Flyers. In a 2015 article, Bobby Bevilacqua from New York Blogs stated, Derick was considered a top-line player for the Rangers who had 19 goals, 41 assists with 60 points. When he played for coach Alain Vigneault on the New York Rangers. Derick found success with Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello who were both wingers on the top units. On September 28th, Philadelphia played their first preseason game against the New York Islanders and Derick Brassard showed flashes of why he should take Kevin Hayes’ spot on the second line. Derick Brassard pressed the right buttons when speeding to extend the play in the zone to find open guys. Being physical was key for his success against the Islanders, communicating with young players such as winger, Tyson Foerster to get a shot in the faceoff zone and muscling his way in front of the goalie kitchen to try to tip a puck in the net. The one area I really like from Derick’s game is his ability to take the puck up from his zone to the offensive area, he can really get around defenders to be effective. Brassard was also active in front of the net and a great mentor to younger teammates in the second period.
On the bright side, Philadelphia can choose a lot of players to fill that second center spot but Derick has the confidence and style to skate on his way to the second line on opening night, October 18th against Seattle Kraken.
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