As we inch closer to the 2017 NHL Draft there are several players who may be undervalued in the eyes of the fans and media and Morgan Frost is one of those players.
In his second season with the Soo Greyhounds he scored 62 points in 67 games. That’s a 35-point increase in production with just two more games played than last year.
“I put a lot of work in last summer. I give full credit to my teammates and my coaches for helping me but at the same time I got stronger and faster. After having a year in the league I’m comfortable,” said Frost. “I kind of know what to expect.”
Getting invited to the 2017 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game was a big step forward for this speedy pivot. During the Top Prospects testing combine Frost came in first in the 30M Forward Skate and the 30M Forward Skate with the puck. He beat out some of the best players in this draft class and received very little recognition for it.
“It was a great experience. I met a lot of new guys, some great people. It was fun to play against kind of the best players around my age,” Frost stated.
Teams have certainly been keeping an eye on him. He had a fair number of interviews.
“I interviewed with 23 teams,” he revealed.
At the combine, Frost came in first in the Mean Power Output. He placed well in a few other tests that show off endurance and speed burst and yet there is very little buzz surrounding him as we get closer to hitting the streets of Chicago.
Frost compared himself to a very interesting player in the NHL.
“I like to compare myself after Mikael Granlund in Minnesota. He’s not the biggest guy but he’s a playmaker and he’s turned himself into a great forward which is what I want to become.”
One team that did interview with him that went under the radar was the New York Rangers. One of his linemates, Tim Gettinger was a 2016 pick of the Blueshirts and he’s already signed his entry level deal. Now, they don’t have a 2nd or 3rd round pick currently but what they might be able to do is trade some of their later round picks to move up and get this speedster late in the second round if he’s still there.
Frost handles the puck very well and with good security. He can skate around the opposition and he has a fast release on his wrist shot that makes it hard to block. He gets to loose pucks first and can make accurate passes to set up scoring chances. He’s pretty good on draws as well. At 5-11, 173 and possibly still growing, he could be a great value pick.
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Here’s my Final Draft Rankings:
Frost would have been #46 had I extended the list even further.