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2016 NHL Entry Draft – First Round

Here are the first 30 selections in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft


1 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Auston Matthews (ZSC Lions, NLA)
2 – WINNIPEG JETS – Patrik Laine (Tappara, SM-Liiga)
3 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton, QMJHL)
4 – EDMONTON OILERS – Jesse Pulijujarvi (Karpat, SM-Liiga)
5 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Olli Juolevi (London, OHL)
6 – CALGARY FLAMES – Matthew Tkachuk (London, OHL)
7 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Clayton Keller (US NDTP, USHL)
8 – BUFFALO SABRES – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga, OHL)
9 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor, OHL)
10 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Tyson Jost (Pentiction, BCHL)
11 – OTTAWA SENATORS – Logan Brown (Windsor, OHL) – (from New Jersey) (Traded Pk 12 ’16 to NJ for Pk 11 ’16, Pk 80 ’16)
12 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Michael McLeod (Mississauga, OHL) – (from Ottawa) (Traded Pk 11 ’16, Pk 80 ’16 to OTT for Pk 12 ’16)
13 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Jake Bean (Calgary, WHL)
14 – BOSTON BRUINS – Charles McAvoy (Boston, NCAA H-East)
15 – MINNESOTA WILD – Luke Kunin (Wisconsin, NCAA Big 10)
16 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia, OHL) – (from Detroit) (Traded Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16 to DET for Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16)
17 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Dante Fabbro (Pentiction, BCHL)
18 – WINNIPEG JETS – Logan Stanley (Windsor, OHL) – (from Philadelphia) (Traded Pk 22 ’16 and Pk 36 ’16 to PHI for Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16)
19 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Kieffer Bellows (US NDTP, USHL)
20 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack, BCHL) (from Arizona) (Traded Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16 to ARZ for Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16)
21 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or, QMJHL)
22 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – German Rubtsov (RUS U18, MHL) – (from Winnipeg) (Traded Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16 to WPG for Pk 22 ’16, Pk 36 ’16)
23 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Henrik Borgstrom (HIFK Jr., FIN-Jr.)
24 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Max Jones (London, OHL)
25 – DALLAS STARS – Riley Tufte (Fargo Force, USHL)
26 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Tage Thompson (U-CONN, NCAA H-East) (from Washington) (Traded Pk 28 ’16 to STL for Pk 26 ’16, Pk 87 ’16)
27 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Brett Howden (Moosejaw, WHL)
28 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Lucas Johansen (Kelowna, WHL) (from St. Louis) (Traded Pk 26 ’16 to WSH for Pk 28 ’16, Pk 87 ’16)
29 – BOSTON BRUINS – Trent Frederic (USA U18, USHL)
30 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Sam Steel, (Regina, WHL)

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2015 NHL Entry Draft – Philadelphia Flyers

INS: Ivan Provorov (Pick 7, Brandon, WHL), Travis Konecny (Pick 24, Ottawa, OHL), Felix Sandstrom (Pick 70, Brynas Jr., SWE-JR.), Matej Tomek (90, Topeka, NAHL), Samuel Dove-McFalls (Pick 9, Saint John, QMJHL), Mikhail Vorobyov (Pick 104, Ufa 2, RUS-JR.), David Kase (Pick 128, Chomutov, CZREP 2), Cooper Marody, Pick 158, Sioux Falls, USHL), Ivan Fedotov (Pick 188, Nizhmekamsk 2, RUS-JR.) Sam Gagner (Arizona Coyotes)

OUTS: Nicklas Grossmann (Arizona Coyotes), Chris Pronger (Arizona Coyotes)

Drafting a future defensive prospect in Provorov is one, but drafting Konecny as well, means the first round picks weren’t wasted. Add to the fact that they somehow got rid of the Pronger contract and it turned out to be a good draft for the Flyers.


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2014 NHL Entry Draft – Philadelphia Flyers

These are the players drafted by the Phiadelphia Flyers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

Round – Pick – Player Chosen – Junior/Club/College Team

ROUND 1 – PICK 17 – Travis Sanheim – Calgary (WHL)
ROUND 2 – PICK 48 – Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or (QMJHL)
ROUND 3 – PICK 86 – Mark Friedman – Waterloo (USHL)
ROUND 5 – PICK 138 – Oskar Lindblom – Brynas Jr. (SWE-JR.)
ROUND 6 – PICK 168 – Radel Fazleev – Calgary (WHL)
ROUND 7 – PICK 198 – Jesper Petterson – Linkoping (SWE)

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That Damn Hockey Blog: You’ll Never Guess Philly’s Secret Identity


Before you ask, yes that is movie ‘star’ Jerry O’Connell, and his secret identity was that as a teenager, he developed superhuman powers. The Philadelphia Flyers have a secret identity as well, however there’s don’t involve superhuman powers. In fact, I don’t think anybody knows.

Are they a playoff team? Stanley Cup contender? A team on the rebuild? I don’t think you can answer any of those with any reassurance. Currently they sit last in the Metropolitan division, and even though that division has a whiff of the old Southeast Division, they sit six points out of the playoffs after 14 games.

A Stanley Cup contender? Well they made the Stanley Cup Finals just three short seasons ago, but only six members of that Finals team remain on the roster, and that includes Ray Emery (who has been at the Ducks and Blackhawks in between time), and Chris Pronger (who is now on the long-term injury list, and will never play again) The other four being Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Brayden Coburn and Kimmo Timonen.

A team on the rebuild? Well if you look at their forward group, you could argue that. They only have three players over the age of 30 and seven players 25 or younger, but defensively, there are only two players under the age of 28. However, there are quite a few young players playing for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL, plus eleven defensive prospects in the Flyers system, so perhaps that’s where they are ‘re-building’

Goaltending is a mystery. Emery (31) and Steve Mason (25) are their main core, after buying out everyone’s favourite Russian Cosmonaut. Ilya Bryzgalov, in the off-season. Emery may have been the backup to Corey Crawford for Chicago’s Stanley Cup victory last season, but this year his skills have been move around the boxing ring, than between the pipes.

Add to that the firing of Peter Laviolette just three games into the season, replacing him with assistant Craig Berube, and you have a situation that I don’t think many people know just what to make of it.

Captain Giroux may want their fans to not stop believing in their team, but until they find an identity, then they may just continue to sit towards the bottom of the National Hockey League. They won’t be completely on the bottom though, I mean, they’re not Buffalo.

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2013 NHL Entry Draft – Philadelphia Flyers

Here is a look at whom the Philadelphia Flyers drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – 11 – Samuel Morin (D) – Canada – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
2 – 41 – Robert Hagg (D) – Sweden – MODO (SHL)
3 – 72 – Tyrell Goulbourne (LW) – Canada – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
5 – 132 – Terrance Amorosa (D) – Canada – Holderness School (USHS)
6 – 162 – Merrick Madsen (G) – United States – Proctor Academy (USHS)
7 – 192 – David Drake (D) – United States – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)

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The Flock Presents-The NHL After Draft Special

On Sunday evening, members of the facebook group, “The Flock” joined forces to discuss the fallout from the 2013 NHL entry draft. We discussed the Seth Jones situation, the Vancouver bombshell, and the future, and so forth. Needless to say, it was a “happening.” With Free Agency Frenzy on our doorstep, this is a must listen for the for the fan’s, by the fan’s perspective on the future of the NHL.