Philadelphia Flyers Draft Recap
The first draft under new GM Chuck Fletcher for the Philadelphia Flyers was an interesting one to say the least. Going into the draft the Flyers had a ton of draft picks. In the first round the Flyers were set to pick 11th and as their pick was approaching there were some top quality forwards still on the board that weren't expected to be there. The biggest name still left was Cole Caufield who scored 72 goals for the USDP last season. The Flyers lack a pure goal scorer right now and you'd think Caufield would have been the logical pick here. Chuck Fletcher didn't think so though as he elected to trade down in the draft. The Flyers traded the 11th overall pick to Arizona for the 14th overall pick and the 45th overall pick. A good trade as it brought back a 2nd round pick that the Flyers had traded for defenseman Justin Braun.
Now with the 14th pick approaching there were still some of the top forwards on the board and yes, Cole Caufield was still there. So with the Flyers now on the clock and the best goal scorer in the draft still on the board the Flyers elected to take Defenseman Cameron York...
Now going into this draft, defense in my opinion was not a major need for the Flyers. Yes, their system is stacked with forward prospects and a lot of their defensive prospects have moved up to the AHL/NHL but I didn't think they needed to spend a first round pick on defense. Nonetheless, Cameron York is a great prospect and has the potential to be a top four defenseman in the future.
I was impressed by Fletcher trading to get the 2nd round pick and not moving back that far in the first round. He also used that second round pick, 45th overall along with one of their two third round picks 65th overall to trade up in the 2nd round to pick 34th overall and was able to draft a first round talent in right winger Bobby Brink. This was a great move as Bobby Brink was projected to be a first round pick in many scouts opinions.
The last trade fletcher made was swapping 7th round picks with Montreal. The Flyers had two seventh round picks so they traded one for Montreal's 7th round pick in next years draft.
Overall, for being his first draft as the new GM of the Philadelphia Flyers I would grade this draft a B. While it would have been great to get Cole Caufield, Fletcher did a great job of restocking the defensive prospects and was still able to grab a high end forward who easily could have gone in the first round.
Here is a breakdown of all of the Flyers draft picks.
1st Round 14th overall- Cam York-Defenseman-USNDP
2nd Round 34th overall- Bobby Brink-Forward-Sioux City
3rd Round 72nd overall-Ronnie Attard-Defenseman-Tri-City Storm
4th Round 103rd overall-Mason Millman-Defenseman-Saginaw Spirit
6th Round 165th overall-Yegor Serdyuk-Right Wing-Victoriaville Tigers
6th Round 169th overall-Roddy Ross-Goalie-Seattle Thunderbirds
7th Round 196th overall-Bryce Brodzinski-Right Wing-Omaha Lancers
Up next for the Flyers is free agency which opens up on July 1st. The Flyers have a lot of cap space and still need to re-sign their restricted free agents so it will be interesting to see how much cap space they have left come July 1st.