Flyers Draft Pick Scouting Report: Joel Farabee
The Flyers had two picks in Friday night's first round of the 2018 NHL Draft. They used the first pick to select left winger Joel Farabee.
Now that Farabee is one of the newest members of the Flyers, it's time to get to know the Flyers prospect.
Here is a scouting report on Farabee.
Weight: 164 pounds
Team: USA U18 (NTDP)
Farabee played in 62 games for the US National Development Team and scored 33 goals and had 76 points last season while serving as the team's captain.
Farabee comes equipped with a good all-around skill set that doesn't feature many weaknesses.
The winger brings a great two-way sense of the game with great offensive presence. There isn't much to his game that is flashy, but he gets the job done by going to the net, being in the right position and working hard to set up scoring chances for himself and his teammates.
He's got a good shot, but it's his hockey sense and smarts that help set his game apart. He is considered one of the best playmaking wingers in the draft for his ability to get creative on opportunities and make skilled passes to set up teammates.
One of the few knocks against him is his size, but he's still able to use a strong will to be good on the forecheck and skates very well. He's also considered an above-average defender who plays in all situations, so he's adept to playing on the penalty kill.
The overall all-around game that he brings makes him a solid prospect, and since Ron Hextall has yet to use a first-round pick on a natural winger, this is certainly new territory for the Flyers, who add a prospect who combines skill and two-way ability well and should certainly make an impact at the NHL level.
His playing style compares to T.J. Oshie and his potential is that of a top-six playmaking forward. Farabee himself noted that he models his game after Jake Guentzel.
Farabee is committed to Boston University next season, but has the potential to be an impact player in the NHL with his combination of skill and playmaking ability, two-way ability, and overall leadership and work ethic.
What Scouts Say
"Gifted playmaker with a very high hockey IQ - incredibly mature. Big time character and leadership ability. Bright future. Will play at next level and have success." -- Dennis MacInnis, Director of Scouting, ISS Hockey
"He's a very smart player. NHL hockey sense for sure, makes plays. Really good skill; he has a really good shot and NHL release, and he competes his ass off. He finishes checks. He’s very very competitive, never cheats you, a really good all-around player" -- US-based Scout, Recrutes
"I think he’s a complete player and maybe the most offensively creative forward in this draft." -- Dusten Braaksma, HockeyProspect.com