In company with Lindros, Farabee giving Flyers an electric shot in the arm


Joel Farabee is a pretty reserved 20-year-old, never one to take much credit or talk about himself. Former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was Farabee's favorite athlete growing up. Utley, popularly known as "The Man" around these parts, had a go-all-out, put-your-head-down-and-work mentality. Farabee has that quiet, low-key drive to him, as well, despite being a first-round talent in the 2018 draft.

Those that know Farabee best do not mind talking about his talents for him. There was a lot to talk about when Farabee turned into an NHL prospect. John Wroblewski, one of his coaches at the USNTDP, described Farabee's game as "loud" and "electric." Ron Hextall, the Flyers' former general manager who drafted Farabee, called the deception in his game "outstanding."

Farabee came out of the U.S. national team development program touted as a multifaceted goal-scoring winger with a strategic shot. By netting a hat trick in the Flyers' 4-3 OT win Sunday night over the Islanders, Farabee had his biggest look-at-my-shot performance yet at the NHL level, scoring two of his tallies on impressive triggers. He became the second-youngest Flyer ever to record a hat trick. Only Eric Lindros pulled it off at a younger age.

Naturally, though, Farabee didn't toot his own horn after the game. He actually complimented his team's netminders Brian Elliott and Carter Hart.

"I think for me, it’s really nice having Moose and Hartsy as our goalies," Farabee said. "They’re so good in practice, they really challenge us. Tonight, just kind of happened to go in for me."

Modestly put by the 20-year-old.

Farabee, who climbed quickly to the Flyers, playing 52 games as a 19-year-old rookie last year, added muscle this past offseason and has already shown his growth through 10 games in 2020-21. After putting up eight goals and 21 points last season, Farabee is off to a five-goal, eight-point start this season. His secondary scoring provides a formidable layer of depth to the Flyers' group of forwards.

"Joel's a young man that really wants to learn and really wants to grow his game," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday. "He works extremely hard."

When there's a four-point game in the season opener and a hat trick in Game 10, the upside is evident. Kevin Hayes, sitting next to Farabee in their postgame media availability Sunday, was asked if he had expected the youngster's first career NHL hat trick to come this soon.

"I thought it would be earlier, honestly. It took him a little bit too long," Hayes said. "But no, I’m happy for him, he works his bag off in practice and it's well-deserved. Good job, buddy."

Hayes then fist-bumped Farabee, who humbly replied: "Thanks, Kevin."

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