Flyers' other first-round pick likes being under the radar

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Flyers prospect Morgan Frost during development camp in July.

It’s easy to understand why Morgan Frost gets overshadowed by the other center — highly touted Nolan Patrick — that the Flyers selected in the first round of the June draft.

Patrick went No. 2 overall. The Flyers took Frost with the 27th pick in the first round, which they acquired as part of the deal that sent 25-goal scorer Brayden Schenn to St. Louis.

Frost, a shifty 5-foot-11, 172-pound center who is regarded as a terrific playmaker, doesn’t mind taking a backseat to Patrick.

“I think I kind of thrive in that role of being under the radar,” Frost said before Wednesday’s rookie game against the New York Islanders at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center. “I’m just happy to be a Philadelphia Flyer, for sure.”

On Wednesday, he will be on a line with Isaac Ratclifffe (second-round selection) and Matt Strome (fourth-rounder), wingers who were also drafted in June. All three players have faced each other in the Ontario Hockey League and are now close friends.

“I kind of grew up playing against them, and it’s definitely cool to share the first experience with them,” Frost said of their Wells Fargo Center debut.

Frost, 18, who signed an entry-level deal in August, figures to return to his junior team in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he had 62 points, including 20 goals, in 67 games last season.

“Being in my first (NHL) camp, it’ll give me some more confidence after playing with this caliber of players for a while,” he said. “I think it’ll help me be more of a leader in junior.”

Frost needs to bulk up, and improve his defensive game.

“We like Morgan’s skill set. It shows up in practice,” general manager Ron Hextall said. “….He’s got to get a lot stronger, but he’s an extremely smart player. He’s got a young body and he’s a young kid and it’s going to take time for his overall game to get to where it needs to get. But we like the package he has.”

By comparison, the 6-2, 198-pound Patrick already has an NHL body, and camp will determine whether he is ready to play at this level this season.

Breakaways. Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth and his fiancé, Karolina Gudasova, welcomed a daughter, Emily, on Monday. She weighed 9½ pounds. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said Neuvirth, whose fiancé is the sister of Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas.…Right winger Nicolas Aube-Kube, selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, will miss the game with an illness.

[First-round picks Nolan Patrick, Morgan Frost making Flyers debuts]