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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2002

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2002

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Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

This morning we continue with another group of current NHL players that the Philadelphia Flyers did not draft. In this group, there are about three (3) Stanley Cup appearances as well as two Stanley Cup championships. There is also a whole lot of offensive production from this group. The Flyers headed into the 2002-2003 season drafting only seven (7) players and had one pick in the first three rounds. They ended up having the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

In that round, the Flyers selected Joni Pitkanen from Karpat of the SM-liiga. Pitkanen has gone on to play some meaningful minutes throughout his NHL career. He is still currently playing as well. Throughout his career, Pitkanen has played 513 games and has recored 271 points. Most of his points have come from assists on other goals, which is why his assists total is so high. The Flyers had six (6) selections from round four through round seven but none in the final two. In those rounds, the Flyers were able to select three defensemen, two forwards and a goaltender. Only one of these players ever stepped onto a NHL stage and that was Joey Mormina, who was drafted out of Colgate University in the sixth round with the 193rd overall pick. Mormina has only managed to play one game in his entire career. He still currently plays in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The Flyers did miss out on a couple of players who could have put up some great numbers in orange and black. These players could have entually helped the Flyers get back to the Stanley Cup, a place where they had not been since 1997. So now without any more anticipation, the five best NHL players that the Flyers did not draft in 2002…

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2002 - Jarret Stoll

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Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Jarret Stoll has something special about him. Not that he has just recently been apart of a Stanley Cup championship run, but actually because the Flyers could have drafted him in a previous draft. Stoll was originally drafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft but could never reach a contract agreement with the Calgary Flames so he eventually ended up being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Stoll has played in almost 600 career NHL games (593 to be exact) and has recorded 317 total points along the way. He has also been apart of two different Stanley Cup playoff runs, winning one with the Los Angeles Kings and losing one with the Oilers.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2002 - Duncan Keith

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Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The Western Conference has a bunch of great talents along the blue line, especially Duncan Keith. In the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Keith was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round with the 54th overall pick. He has played seven years in the NHL so far and has played in 560 games. What the Flyers missed drafting here was a player who has recorded 250-plus points (282 total), has a positive-87 (+87) plus/minus, and has only missed a total of 14 regular season games ever in his career for the Blackhawks.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2002 - Dennis Wideman

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Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

There was also another defensman that the Flyers missed out on. The Buffalo Sabres drafted Dennis Wideman with the 241st overall selection in the 8th round in 2002. Wideman has played nine seasons in the NHL so far and is looking to keep playing once the lockout ends. In 535 games, Wideman has 251 points, which is another defenseman that the Flyers could have had that recorded over 200-plus points in their careers.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2002 - Alexander Semin

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Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

If you are looking for an offensive juggernaut that the Flyers had barely missed in a draft, Alexander Semin is the person that you were looking for. In 469 career games, Semin has 408 career points. Though Semin has yet to play a full 82-game regular season in his career, his offensive production has been phenomenal with the Washington Capitals. Now he has moved on to play with the Carolina Hurricanes this upcoming seasons. Could Semin break out for a big year?

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2002 - Keith Ballard

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Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Production from the blue line has been a bit of a theme for the Flyers over the past couple of seasons. Well, they could have has the chance to draft defenseman Keith Ballard, who was selected with the 11th overall pick by the Sabres. Ballard has played very well in his career. He has played in over 500 games (509 total) and has recorded over 150 points (163 total).