5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2001

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2001

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Tonight we will continue with five (5) more current NHL players who could have been drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers. This time, we set the stage at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. At the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers selected two players who would eventually play significant games in their NHL careers. For the second year in a row, the Flyers only had two picks in the first three rounds. Those two players that were selected actually did get a chance to play a couple of season in the NHL.

The Flyers had the 27th overall pick in the draft and they decided to pick Jeff Woywitka, a defenseman drafted from the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. Woywitka went on to play 278 games in the NHL and recorded 55 points. They also were able to draft a young center from the University of Vermont in Patrick Sharp. Sharp is still playing in the NHL and has won a Stanley Cup (ironically against the Flyers). So far in his career, Sharp has played 567 games and has recorded 385 points. The Flyers also had six (6) picks in the last five rounds (rounds 5 through 9). In those rounds, the Flyers selected another defenseman from the Mannheim Eagles of the DEL in Dennis Seidenberg. In 535 career games, Seidenberg has recorded 171 points and has been a very consistent player throughout his entire career while being apart of the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.

Now we know the Flyers did select at least three NHL caliber players in 2001, so let's see who they unfortunately skipped over…

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2001 - Mike Cammalleri

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Mike Cammalleri was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings with the 49th overall pick in the second round during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Cammalleri has played a lot of games throughout his career. Though the past four seasons have been injury proved, Cammalleri has still been able to produce very well. In 562 games, Cammalleri has recorded 425 points and is only three goals away from 200 career.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2001 - Marek Zidlicky

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Merek Zidlicky was drafted in the 6th round with the 176th overall pick in 2000-2001 by the New York Rangers. Zidlicky did not make it to the NHL until 2003-2004. He has bounced around the NHL and now is on his third NHL team, the New Jersey Devils. In his career, Zidlicky has played 570 games and recorded 306 points as a defenseman.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2001 - Brooks Laich

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Brooks Laich is also another late draft pick that slipped by the Flyers grasp. Laich was selected by the Ottawa Senators with the 193rd overall pick in the sixth round in 2000-2001. Laich played one career game with the Senators and has played the other 556 with the Washington Capitals. Laich may not have put up a lot of numbers early in his career, but he has managed to put together five straight 40-plus point seasons from 2007 until this season.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2001 - Tomas Plekanec

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Tomas Plekanec was another centerman that the Flyers missed out on. Plekanec has played in 551 games so far in his career and has recorded 363 points. He has also been apart of a couple of playoff runs for the Montreal Canadiens. In 47 career playoff games, he has recorded 29 points. Also, Plekanec has only has two season in his career that he has had a negative in plus/minus.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2001 - Jason Pominville

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The Flyers missed out on a winger that was eventually drafted with the 55th overall pick in the second round. Jason Pominville was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and has had a lot of success throughout his career. In 541 games as a Sabre, Pominville has put up big numbers. He had 431 career points and has never, yes never, had a negative season in the plus/minus column.

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