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July 08, 2022

NHL Draft live: Flyers make a trade for Tony DeAngelo, draft Devin Kaplan in third round

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Forward prospect Cutter Gauthier poses for photos with Flyers staff after being selected fifth overall in the 2022 NHL Draft.

UPDATE [2:40 p.m.] — The Flyers took winger Alexis Gendron with the 220th overall pick and their final for the 2022 NHL Draft.

Gendron, a 5'10 forward out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scored 30 goals through 66 games for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada during the 2021-22 season, but finished as a minus-21 skater.

With that, the Flyers 2022 draft should be a wrap. 

UPDATE [2:15 p.m.] — With the first of their now two seventh-round picks, the Flyers took Finnish winger Santeri Sulku at 197th overall.

The 6'4" forward is a left-handed shot who racked up 13 goals and 19 assists (32 points) in 35 games for Jokerit's 20 and under team this past season. 

UPDATE [1:45 p.m.] — Defenseman Hunter McDonald goes to the Flyers in round 6 at 165th overall.

The 6'4" blueliner is a left-handed shot who brings an obvious size advantage but had just 14 points in the USHL through 54 games between the Omaha Lancers and the Chicago Steel this past season. 

The 20-year old is committed to Northeastern University for the 2022-23 season.

UPDATE [1:10 p.m.] — The Flyers's fifth-round pick (133rd overall) was used to pick up Minnesotan forward Alex Bump. 

The 18-year old left winger scored 48 goals and 83 points in 31 games for Prior Lake High School and put up 17 points in 27 games for the USHL's Omaha Lancers in the past season.

Bump is committed to the University of Vermont. 

UPDATE [11:45 a.m.] — The Flyers picked right winger Devin Kaplan with the 69th overall pick. The third rounder is another big winger and was expected to go somewhere in the early round.

He is 6'2", 200 pounds and a New Jersey native who is a tough player and isn't afraid to do some dirty work. He had 38 points in 53 games with the US National Development Program's U18 team. 

Here are some highlights:

UPDATE  [11:20 a.m.]: — Day 2 of the NHL Draft is kicking off with a move that won't sit well with fans.

The Flyers have reportedly traded with Carolina for controversial defenseman Tony DeAngelo and signed him to a two-year extension at $5 million per. The Hurricanes will be receiving several draft picks over the next few years in return. 

DeAngelo, an offensive-minded D-man from South Jersey, had a 51-point season in his lone season with the Hurricanes, but the reason he got to Carolina in the first place is the major cause for concern. 

He has a long list of character issues, going all the way back to juniors when he was suspended twice by the OHL for verbal abuse of an official and a teammate, all the way through to the NHL, where he was eventually ousted from the New York Rangers after multiple incidents, sparked by repeated social media use to express support for Donald Trump and downplay the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and put over the edge by an altercation with goaltender Alexander Georgiev after an overtime loss to Pittsburgh in early 2021. 

The Flyers took a big swing in Round 1, selecting Cutter Gauthier, a big forward with raw potential who says he'll play one season at Boston College before turning pro.

Philadelphia has five picks left to make on Day 2 as they try and stockpile assets and potential pieces for a future that they hope is competitive sooner rather than later.

Here are all six of the Flyers' picks:

 RoundOverall Pick
C, Cutter Gauthier
69 RW, Devin Kaplan 
101 Traded to CAR 
133  LW, Alex Bump
165  D, Hunter McDonald
197 LW, Santeri Sulku 
220 (via CAR) RW, Alexis Gendron 

*2nd-rd. pick (36 overall) and an additional 7th-rd.pick traded to Arizona with Shayne Gostisbehere

Is there a trade in the cards on Day 2 as well?

The Flyers haven't done much to make a splash yet, with free agency not set to begin for another few days, but there is some buzz about a potential Johnny Gaudreau blockbuster depending on how literally you take comments made on the air during the broadcast of Round 1 Thursday night:

How the Flyers could afford the local star — and how they could entice him to come to a rebuilding club are other matters entirely, and ones we already delved into earlier this summer. But you never know. The first round was wild, and at the very least the Flyers will be making news of some sort over the next few hours.

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