Flyers Go Big on Draft Day

photo via kissesforkyle.org

photo via kissesforkyle.org

For the Flyers, draft day was all about defense. Initially there were plenty of rumors that Braydon Coburn could be traded to the Oilers. Then there’s also that pink Christina Aguilera monster in the room concerning the fact that the Flyers farm system is having a defensive drought.

So, with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft the Flyers selected Samuel Morin. Morin is a 6’6″, 200 pound defenseman from the QMJHL that has some ability on both sides of the ice. The seventeen year old posted 4 goals and 16 assists in 46 games over last season and has been given comparisons to Chris Pronger.

What makes this pick intriguing is that Morin’s stock rose as the draft inched closer and was not considered a top ten pick at any point. He was ultimately selected by the Flyers over higher rated prospects Nikita Zadorov and Ryan Pulock, who went to the Sabres and Islanders respectively. Which, makes sense given the Flyers track record.

At this point, Morin is considered to be a bit of a project and likely won’t be NHL ready for a few years. However, he won’t be afraid to fight when he gets there.

The Flyers second pick was received with with more satisfaction. They selected defenseman Robert Hagg who was considered to be a late first round selection prior to the draft—making him a ‘value’ pick. Hagg is another project for the Flyers and will likely continue his growth in the Swedish Elite League.

Here’s what one scouting source had to say about Hagg:

Hagg is generally sound in most aspects of the game, but doesn’t yet seem to have any dominant traits nor has been able to be consistent in his effort. He keeps things simple, but can sometimes miss assignments in his own zone and won’t be found making breathtaking rushes with the puck on too many occasions.

In the third round Paul Holgren pulled what would be considered very “non-Hinkie”, he selected center Tyrell Goulbourne of the WHL. For an analysis on Goulbourne I’ll tip the cap to Eric T of BroadStreetHockey.com:

Huzzah! A wasted pick on a goon!

For the rest of the draft, the Flyers continued to plug away at needs. They drafted two more defenseman in Terrence Amorosa and Derrick Drake (both from USHL) and a goaltender in Merrick Madsen. There’s not much information available on these players so it will all come down to the waiting game.

The main point for all of this is that the Flyers went out to address their needs by stockpiling defenders in hopes that they can develop a top four defender from a good defensive draft class. With Morin and Hagg, the team has a duo that hopefully can step in after three years or so and provide some stability and cap relief to an organization that has little of both.

Or maybe Holmgren trades them in a year for Martin Brodeur because, screw it.

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Posted on July 1, 2013, in Flyers, Vince Quinn and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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