October 02, 2020
The Flyers are finally among the top contenders in the NHL, which has a two-fold effect on their first-round pick in Tuesday night's NHL Draft. For one, they are picking toward the bottom — 23rd overall — which naturally comes with making a playoff run the season before. They are also, theoretically, looking for a player who can contribute sooner than later, to help them take advantage of their wide open competitive window.
Before we dive into some analysis and potential picks for the Flyers to target in the draft, let's first take a brief look at their most recent first rounders:
|2019/14th||D Cam York||—|
|2018/14th||F Joel Farabee||8 G, 13 A, 52 games|
|2018/19th||C Jay O-Brien||—|
|2017/2nd||C Nolan Patrick||26 G, 35 A, 145 games|
|2017/27th||C Morgan Frost||2 G, 5 A, 20 games|
|2016/22nd||C German Rubtsov||4 games|
We'll stop in 2016. Why?
Well, Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim are the next three first rounders on the list and they are pretty much the core of the current Flyers roster. That is followed by Sam Morin, Scott Laughton and Sean Couturier. The Flyers like to develop their highly drafted players (the Phillies and Eagles should pay attention).
So, first-round picks are pretty important in the NHL — especially to the Flyers. That is pretty obvious. And Jay O'Brien (who is still just 20) and German Rubstov (just 22) not withstanding, they've had an incredibly high hit rate.
Will that continue in 2020?
Round 1: NBCS, 7 p.m. Tuesday | Rounds 2-7: NHL Network, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
In Tuesday night's draft, Philadelphia is expected to be targeting a forward in the first round. Here are sone snippets from mock drafts around the hockey media world.
We'll start off with a high-risk, high-reward option for the Flyers in a very talented but oft-injured goal scorer.
Here's some color on the 18-year-old prospect from the Hockey Writers:
ESPN has the Flyers targeting a trendy pick in Bourque, and descriptive terms we found across the internet for him will get fans excited: smart, creative, dangerous (with the puck). Here's a brief synopsis of why ESPN's experts think he's a fit in Philly:
Bourque has been one of the big risers of the draft season, and while he doesn’t necessarily fit Philly’s draft profile, he provides a lot of value if he’s still on the board. He put up big-time points in the QMJHL last season. Though he needs to get stronger and a little meaner, he has the tools to make plays at the next level. [ESPN]
Some teams think the Flyers will take Brandon center Ridly Greig, but that may just be connecting the fact his father scouts for the team. I’ve heard Chicago winger Sam Colangelo mentioned here, but Perreault is more of a souped-up version of Colangelo. [The Athletic]
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