Weight: 170 pounds
Date of birth: May 14, 1999
Hometown: Aurora, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 4, 81st overall, 2015 Priority Selection
Toronto Maple Leafs fans may recognize the last name. For those that do not, Sault Ste Marie center Morgan Frost is the son of former Leafs’ Public Address Announcer Andy Frost and the host of “Leaf Talk”, the post game Leaf radio show where fans could call in. Fans will certainly remember the legendary voice that echoed through the Air Canada Center from 1999 to 2016.
The younger Frost played his Minor Midget AAA hockey with the Barrie Colts during the 2014-2015 season and in 32 games scored 30 goals and added 25 assists. He would win a bronze medal at the OHL Gold Cup with Team OMHA Navy scoring once and adding 7 assists in 5 games. The Greyhounds would select him in the 4th round, 81st overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection.
Frost played his OHL rookie season a year ago, on a deep Greyhounds roster. He finished 20th among rookies on points on 7 goals and 20 assists in 65 games. This season, Frost has played a huge role for the Greyhounds. Paired mostly with Zachary Senyshyn, he sits third in points (58), and third in assists (40).
Frost has been a steady riser on many lists, but that may have been because he was underrated in some circles coming in. Originally a B prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to watch list – typically a second or third round pick – Frost was ranked 29th among North Americans on their mid-term rankings released in January. When Europeans and goaltenders are added in, you’re looking at a solid mid-to-late second round pick.
Offensively, Frost is most dangerous on the powerplay (7 goals and 13 assists) – but it’s not limited to that. His ability to see the play develop and react to it is an indication of his vision and hockey smarts. He’s calm with the puck and plays patiently with it. He can maintain possession while his teammates get into lanes and with his superb passing, he usually gets the puck on their sticks. But he’s also a very good skater with excellent acceleration and will attack lanes if he sees one open. He can also play the point on the powerplay and is responsible enough defensively to be effective on the point.
From last season, one of the issues Frost needed to work on was his faceoffs. And he’s done that going from a 47.5% winning percentage to 52.5% this season. Secondly, he had to learn to become more selfish at times and use his underrated shot more. He went from 7 goals on 69 shots (10.1%) a year ago, to 18 goals on 131 shots (13.7%) today. Finally, adding more strength and speed were necessary and he’s accomplished that, but he still has a way to go to add more size.
This is the profile page of Morgan Frost at Elite Prospects