Flyers prospect Joel Farabee on Friday won the Tim Taylor Award, given to the best first-year player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey.
The Boston University freshman left winger became the third player from his school to win the award in the last five years. The award is voted upon by the nation’s assistant coaches and is named for the former Yale and U.S. Olympic team head coach.
Drafted by the Flyers in the first round (14th overall) last June, the speedy Farabee collected 17 goals and 36 points in 37 games for Boston University. He was selected as the Hockey East rookie of the week three times.
After signing a three-year entry-level deal with the Flyers last month, Farabee told The Inquirer his goal was to earn a spot with the team during training camp. He will either begin next season with the Flyers or the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
“If I have a good camp, I think I can make the team,” said the 6-foot-1, 174-pound Farabee. “But I’m only going to be 19 heading into camp and I don’t have much experience on the pro-hockey level, so I wouldn’t be shocked if I started out in Lehigh next year.”
Farabee and center Morgan Frost (2017) turned out to be the draft picks the Flyers received in the 2017 trade that sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis. They are regarded as the Flyers’ two best prospects.
Alain Vigneault has reportedly been given permission by the Rangers (the last team he coached) to talk to the Flyers about their coaching position. He is tied for 12th in NHL history in career wins and has a 648-435-35-98 record with the Blueshirts, Vancouver, and Montreal. … Felix Sandstom, in his AHL debut Friday, made 40 saves to help the visiting Phantoms defeat Providence, 4-3. Sandstrom, 22, a third-round Flyers selection in 2015, joined the Phantoms (38-30-7) this week after his season ended in Sweden. ... Frost had a hat trick and an assist Friday, carrying the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds past host Saginaw, 6-2, and enabling them to stay alive in their OHL Western Conference playoff series. Saginaw has a three games to two edge.