3 under-the-radar prospects the Flyers cannot afford to trade at the deadline

The Philadelphia Flyers could buy at the trade deadline, but there are some prospects they just cannot afford to sell off.

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Denver Barkey is a young player with hordes of scoring potential

Denver Barkey’s size (5’9, 154 lbs) could be a concern to some, but we have seen smaller prospects not just become solid NHL players, but excel as top scorers. This is something the Flyers third-round pick in 2023 has a ton of potential to be when he eventually reaches the big club later in the 2020s. 

Barkey is in his third season with the OHL’s London Knights, and his solid points production has been on display, starting with his breakout performance last season when he scored 59 points and 22 goals in 61 contests. So far in 2023-24, he has 82 in 53 games, good for 1.54 points per game. There is a chance he hits the century mark this season, and regardless of whether he reaches that milestone, Barkey is nonetheless a name to get familiar with. 

Tenacity is another distinguishing trait Barkey possesses. It’s one thing to put up awesome numbers, but given his ability to engage in puck battles time and again, it also means he has more than just a sound game offensively. Barkey also holds value on special teams, whether it’s on the power play or if he’s with the PK unit.

Sure, Barkey is smaller and still very young, so you won’t see him in Philadelphia yet, but when you combine his productivity with his work ethic, it makes him an under-the-radar prospect you want to keep in your system.