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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2000

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2000

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Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

In the every professional sport there are always fans who think to themselves, "I wish we had that guy; I'd do anything to get that guy on my team; How did we not draft him?" Well in Philadelphia, the fans do the exact same thing. I am starting a list from the 2000 NHL Entry Draft to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Each post will list five (5) current NHL players that the Philadelphia Flyers passed over or missed drafting during the specific year. Each player that made it onto the list was based on a combination of statistics such as games played, points recorded, as well as how much success they have had in the NHL. Many of these players are still putting up big numbers in the NHL today.

In the 1999-2000 draft, the Flyers had two picks in the entire first five (5) rounds. Most importantly, the Flyers did have a first round pick (which was the 28th overall selection). With this pick, the Flyers drafted Justin Williams from the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. Now Williams was not a bad pick for the Flyers especially because he has had some success over his career. Williams has played 707 NHL games and has recorded 465 points while just recently capturing his first Stanley Cup title of his career. But what will surprise you are the five current players that the Flyers passed over in the 2000 NHL Draft.

So without further adieu…

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2000 - Niklas Kronwall

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Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Niklas Kronwall was the 29th overall selection by the Detroit Red Wings in 1999-2000. Kronwall was drafted from Djurgardens IF Stockholm of the SEL. In his career, Kronwall has played 467 games and recorded 217 points. Kronwall led all defensemen with fifteen points (15) in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs while helping the Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup since 2002. Kronwall has been a solid defensmen for the Red Wings, which is something that the Flyers have been missing for quite some time.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2000 - Henrik Lundqvist

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Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Of all the problems that the Flyers have had, goaltending is by far the most important. In 1999-2000, the New York Rangers selected a goalie with the 205th overall pick in round 7 by the name of Henrik Lundqvist. This goalie from Sweden has been a household name in the Eastern Conference throughout his career. Lundqvist may not have won a Stanley Cup just yet, but his play seems to be heading towards it. Lundqvist went 39-18-5 with a 1.97 GAA last season on his way to winning the Vezina Trophy.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2000 - Tomas Kopecky

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James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Tomas Kopecky may not be one of the flashiest highlight reel forwards in the NHL, but he has been pretty consistent throughout his career. Kopecky was drafted in the second round with the number 38 pick of the draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Kopecky has bounced around to two other teams throughout his career. Most importantly he was on the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks who defeated the Flyers in six (6) games. Kopecky has played 418 career games and has recorded 127 points.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2000 - Lubomir Visnovsky

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Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

If you want to talk about a player who was drafted and instantly made a well-rounded impact in the NHL, then Lubomir Visnovsky is the player for you. Visnovsky was drafted in the fourth round with the 188 overall pick by the Los Angeles Kings. Visnovsky has played 771 games since being drafted and he has recorded 450 career points all as a defensemen. Offensive production from the blue line has also been a problem for the Flyers for a while now.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2000 - Paul Martin

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Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Paul Martin may not be the biggest miss by the Flyers in the 1999-2000 draft, but he was still a decent miss from a defensive standpoint. Martin was drafted in the second round by the New Jersey Devils</strong>. Throughout his career, Martin has been a productive force in the Atlantic Division. In 550 career games, Martin has a total of 214 points. Not much right? Well he has been productive in most of his appearances. In his career, Martin has had one season in which he had a negative plus/minus.