Scott Kingery pops 2 homers in second game with Triple A Lehigh Valley

Scott Kingery pops 2 homers in second game with Triple A Lehigh Valley

Scott Kingery's power didn't take long to transition to Triple A.

In his second game since being promoted from Double A to the IronPigs, the Phillies' second base prospect belted two homers in Lehigh Valley's 14-5 loss to Pawtucket on Tuesday night.

Arguably the most exciting player on the Phillies' farm this season, Kingery caught everyone's attention by blasting 18 home runs in 69 games at Reading. That, along with a .313/.379/.608 batting line and 19 stolen bases, earned him a highly anticipated jump to Triple A and Coca-Cola Park, home of the IronPigs.

"It looks like you can get one out to left," Kingery said ahead of his Triple A debut on Monday. "But it looks real deep to center."

Kingery was right — both of his shots Tuesday went to left field. He finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs in the leadoff spot for Lehigh Valley, hitting in front of a loaded lineup of J.P. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Cozens, Nick Williams and Andrew Pullin.

The IronPigs are an International League-best 49-29 and that should only improve with Kingery now in the fold.

"I know what I'm capable of and I know what I need to improve on," Kingery said Monday. "Wherever I'm at, I'm going to come out here and try to work on whatever I think I need to improve on and to give myself the best shot to get moved up."

In his debut, Kingery made a dazzling, over-the-head diving catch that was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter (see story).

On Tuesday, he was back to the long ball.

2017 NHL draft Day 2: Tracking all of the Flyers' picks

2017 NHL draft Day 2: Tracking all of the Flyers' picks

The Flyers finished Day 1 of the NHL draft with a trade and opened Day 2 in the same fashion.

In the second round Saturday, Ron Hextall and company sent the 44th, 75th and 108th selections to the Coyotes in exchange for the 35th overall pick to take left winger Isaac Ratcliffe.

The Flyers, who came into the day with 10 picks from Rounds 2-7, ended up making seven. They also traded their final spot — 199th overall — to the Canadiens in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2018. At No. 199, Montreal took goalie Cayden Primeau, the son of former Flyers captain Keith Primeau.

So, after grabbing Nolan Patrick and Morgan Frost on Friday, here's how the Flyers made out on Day 2 to wrap things up:

Second round

No. 35: Isaac Ratcliffe, LW, 6-6/200, Guelph (OHL)
Ratcliffe, from London, Ontario, is a big boy that scored 28 goals with the Storm last season, his second in junior. The 18-year-old also tallied 26 assists to finish with 54 points.

The lefty shot notched two goals in five games for Team Canada at the 2016 Under-18 World Junior Championship and is a left winger that can also play the right side.

Per NHL.com, Ratcliffe models his game after Rangers forward Rick Nash, a six-time All-Star who is also a left winger and 6-foot-4, 212 pounds.

Ratcliffe, according to NHL Central Scouting, is a "big, strong power forward who demonstrates good hockey intelligence and a soft touch around the net — possesses a multi-dimensional skill set where he can make plays on the rush and also use his size, strength and reach to be a threat on the cycle."

Some thought Ratcliffe would have been drafted much higher.

"In the next one to two years, you're going to see that progress and start to see how big a player I can be and that I can be one of the top players in this draft with my size, with my talent," Ratcliffe said Saturday (see story). "I can definitely be a player who's going to be a force in the future."

Third round

No. 80: Kirill Ustimenko, G, 6-3/187, MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
Hextall and the Flyers had hoped to snag one goalie and did just that in the third round.

Ustimenko had a 1.74 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in 27 games last season for MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg.

"We did not chase him," Hextall said (see story). "We were surprised he fell there. We actually talked about him much earlier. Our guys really liked him and our comfort level was better than other teams."

The Russian is 18 years old and was born in Belarus. He joins the Flyers' promising collection of goalie prospects, featuring Carter Hart and Felix Sandstrom, as well as Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon — both restricted free agents.

Fourth round

No. 106: Matthew Strome, LW, 6-3/207, Hamilton (OHL)
Strome comes with rich hockey bloodlines as his brothers, Ryan and Dylan, were both top-five draft picks.

The 18-year-old led the Bulldogs with 34 goals and 62 points in 66 games last season. Known for his scoring ability with skilled hands, Strome was a potential second-rounder but slipped to the fourth round. That's possibly because of the need to improve his skating, which is considered a weakness.

However, the Flyers wanted to put an emphasis on wingers this draft and could have a steal in Strome at this late of a pick. The Canadian likes to focus on his two-way game while being strong with the puck.

No. 107: Maksim Sushko, RW, 5-11/181, Owen Sound (OHL)
One pick later, another winger.

Like Ustimenko, Sushko also hails from Belarus. This past season was his first at the junior level, where he registered 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) and a plus-10 rating in 54 games for the Attack. He then tacked on 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 17 playoff games.

Some reports say Sushko brings good speed and playmaking potential, but his work ethic and engagement without the puck can be better.

Per NHL.com, the 18-year-old's childhood hockey idol was Red Wings great Pavel Datsyuk.

Fifth round

No. 137: Noah Cates, LW, 6-0/165, Stillwater Area High School (Minn.)
Cates, 18, delivered 65 points (20 goals, 45 assists) at Stillwater last season, and also played 11 games for the USHL's Omaha Lancers, whom he's expected to report to in 2017-18.

Cates is a 2018-19 University of Minnesota-Duluth commit.

Sixth round

No. 168: Olle Lycksell, C, 5-10/163, Linkoping (Sweden-Jr.)
Lycksell is only 17 years old and had nine points (four goals and five assists) over 29 games in the Super Elite League this past season.

Seventh round

No. 196: Wyatt Kalynuk, D, 6-2/186, Bloomington (USHL)
Kalynuk was the only defenseman taken by the Flyers. He's played the last two seasons for the USHL's Bloomington Thunder, compiling 55 points in 119 games.

Kalynuk, who is 20 years old, is a 2017-18 University of Wisconsin commit.

Flyers trade Brayden Schenn to Blues for No. 27 Morgan Frost, Jori Lehtera, additional pick

Flyers trade Brayden Schenn to Blues for No. 27 Morgan Frost, Jori Lehtera, additional pick

Let the wheeling and dealing begin.

After drafting Nolan Patrick No. 2 overall (see story), Flyers general manager Ron Hextall did not stay quiet to finish Day 1 of the NHL draft.

The Flyers traded Brayden Schenn to the St. Louis Blues for the 27th pick (Morgan Frost), Jori Lehtera and a conditional first-round pick in 2018 on Friday night.

Last season, Schenn, fresh off a new contract, finished second on the Flyers with 25 goals and third with 55 points. The 25-year-old forward flourished on the power play in which he scored 17 goals, tied for the NHL lead with Alex Ovechkin and Nikita Kucherov.

"Not like we were shopping Brayden," Hextall said (see story).
 
"This deal came along and we really like the draft next year. We like the late pick this year and Jori. It made sense and we got a couple more young players."

Schenn and the Flyers just narrowly avoided arbitration last offseason when the RFA signed a four-year, $20.5 million deal for a cap hit of $5.125 million.

Schenn was surprised by the trade.

"I didn't see it coming at all," he said to CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio. "But I am excited to go to St. Louis."

Lehtera, a center, comes older but cheaper than Schenn. The 29-year-old is under contract for the next two seasons with a cap hit of $4.7 million.

In 64 games last season with the Blues, Lehtera (6-2, 210) put up 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists. Known as a versatile but not physical forward, Lehtera has seen his numbers dip each season from his rookie year. In 2014-15, his first NHL season, Lehtera posted 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points and a plus-21 rating — all career bests for the native of Finland. He then recorded 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) the following season.

Frost, an 18-year-old center, put up 67 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in 62 games last season with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. He is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, and regarded as a "smart and skilled center with a very good offensive hockey sense — excellent vision and anticipation to quickly take advantage of opportunities," according to Central Scouting.

As for the 2018 pick, if it falls in the top 10, St. Louis has the option to defer to its 2019 first-round pick. If the Blues decide to do so, as a result, the Flyers also receive St. Louis' third-round pick in 2020.

The Flyers have 10 more picks remaining in the 2017 draft, which picks back up on Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, finishing with Rounds 2-7.

The Flyers' picks are 44th, 75th, 80th, 106th, 107th, 108th, 137th, 168th, 196th and 199th.

And Hextall may not be done dealing (see story).