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May 10, 2022

NHL Draft Lottery: Flyers slip back to the No. 5 pick

The Flyers slipped one spot back as the Devils jumped ahead to No. 2. Montreal has the first overall selection

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T-Mobile Arena in Vegas when it held the NHL Draft back in 2017.

The Flyers' 'aggressive retool' will include the No. 5 overall pick in the NHL Draft come July.

The results were locked in with Tuesday night's draft lottery. The Flyers slipped one spot back, while the New Jersey Devils jumped ahead from No. 5 up to No. 2.

The Montreal Canadiens received the No. 1 overall pick and have the direct path to the consensus top prospect Shane Wright.

Here's the official order 1-16:

  1. Montreal Canadiens
  2. New Jersey Devils
  3. Arizona Coyotes
  4. Seattle Kraken
  5. Philadelphia Flyers
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets (via Chicago)
  7. Ottawa Senators
  8. Detroit Red Wings
  9. Buffalo Sabres
  10. Anaheim Ducks
  11. San Jose Sharks
  12. Columbus Blue Jackets
  13. New York Islanders
  14. Winnipeg Jets
  15. Vancouver Canucks
  16. Buffalo Sabres (via Vegas)

The 2022 draft class is generally considered one of the weaker ones in recent memory — there's no gamechanger in the way of a Connor McDavid or an Auston Matthews here — but there's still plenty of talent to find and develop.

With the fifth overall pick, the Flyers could have any of the following Top 10 prospects available to them save for Wright:

Rank  Player, Pos. AgeTeam
2021-22 Stats 
Shane Wright, C18 Kingston (OHL) 32g, 62a, 94p (63 gp) 
Logan Cooley, C 18 U18 Nat. Team (USDP) 27g, 48a, 75p (51 gp) 
 Simon Nemec, D18 HK Nitra (Slovakia) 1g, 25a, 26p (39 gp) 
Juraj Slafkovsky, LW  18TPS (Liiga) 5g, 5a, 10p (31 gp) 
Matthew Savoie, C 18 Winnipeg (WHL)  35g, 55a, 90p (65 gp)
 Danila Yurov, RW18 Metallurg (KHL)  0g, 0a, 0p (21 gp)
Kevin Korchinski, D 17 Seattle (WHL) 4g, 61a, 65p (67 gp) 
Brad Lambert, C/RW 18 Pelicans (Liiga)  2g, 2a, 4p (25 gp)
Joakim Kemell, RW  18JYP (Liiga) 15g, 8a, 23p (39 gp) 
10 Frank Nazar, C/RW 18  U18 Nat. Team (USDP)28g, 42a, 70p (56 gp) 

List via FCHockey/EliteProspects

Through injuries and months' worth of lethargic, uninspired play, the Flyers completely bottomed out this season, going 25-46-11 for 61 points. They had the fourth-worst record in the league behind the expansion Seattle Kraken (27-49-6, 60 points), Arizona Coyotes (25-50-7, 57 points), and the basement-dwelling Canadiens (22-49-11, 55 points). 

With two winless streaks of 10-plus games, including a franchise-record 13 straight, the 2021-22 campaign was the team's worst season since 2006-07 when they finished dead last at 22-48-12 (56 points). They had the highest odds to win the No. 1 selection in the lottery that spring but instead slipped back to second overall while the Chicago Blackhawks ran away with the top pick and eventually Patrick Kane. 

The Flyers went on to select James van Riemsdyk that summer.

In 2017, after missing the playoffs for the third time in five seasons, the lottery jumped the Flyers 11 spots ahead to the No. 2 overall pick. They used it to take highly-touted center Nolan Patrick, and while he showed flashes of promise, health issues constantly kept him off the ice.

He was dealt to Vegas (through Nashville) last summer and appeared in just 25 games this season.

Here's a look at the Flyers' first-round picks from the past decade — through former GMs Paul Holmgren, Ron Hextall, and current GM Chuck Fletcher — along with their current status (note that 2021's first-rounder was sent to Buffalo in the trade for Rasmus Ristolainen):

Year Overall Pick Player, Pos.  Status
2012  20Scott Laughton, CFlyer 
2013 11Samuel Morin, D Retired 
2014 17 Travis Sanheim, D Flyer 
2015 Ivan Provorov, D Flyer 
2015 24 Travis Konecny, RW Flyer 
2016 22 German Rubstov, RW Traded to Florida
2017 Nolan Patrick, C Traded to Vegas (via NSH) 
2017 27 Morgan Frost, C Flyer 
2018 14 Joel Farabee, LW Flyer 
2018 19 Jay O'Brien,  Boston University (NCAA) 
201914 Cam York, D Flyer 
2020 23 Tyson Foerster, RWLehigh Valley (AHL) 

The draft will be held July 7-8 in Montreal, then free agency opens on July 13. Along with the search for their next coach, the Flyers will have a ton of work cut out for them over the summer if they hope to climb back into relevance. 

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