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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2004

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2004

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Today we take a look at the Philadelphia Flyers' key misses in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. This draft was the last event that happened before the canceling of the 2004-2005 season. At the draft, there were many players were many players who were picked that went on to play in the NHL. In fact, some of the biggest names in the NHL today went at number one and number two.

Alexander Ovechkin was selected with the #1 overall pick in the first round by the Washington Capitals from the Moscow Dynamo in Russia. The first two selections actually came from teams in Russia. Evgeni Malkin was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the second overall pick in the first round from the Magnitogorsk Metallurg in Russia. Ovechkin has played 553 games throughout his career and so far has accumulated 679 points. He also is one goal away from having the exact amount of assists and goals in his career. Malkin has only played 427 games in his career but he has recorded 527 points, which is why he is one of the most feared offensive players in the game along with Ovechkin.

The Flyers actually did not have a pick until the third round of this draft. There were many players who were drafted in the first two rounds that have played in the NHL and are still playing today. The Flyers had eleven (11) picks from rounds three through nine. Of those eleven players that were drafted, only three of them have played in an NHL game. David Laliberte, Martin Houle, and Triston Grant have played a combined twenty-three (23) games in the NHL and have a total of 4 points.

Because of the lack of high quality draft picks, the Flyers did lose out on some big name players but they did not lose out entirely on talent. There are five specific players that were drafted in the rounds that the Flyers drafted their picks. Each of these players were selected after the Flyers made their decisions.

So let's take a look at what the orange and black missed out on...

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2004 - Johan Franzen

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Johan Franzen was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings with the 97th overall pick in the third round from the Linkoping HC of the SEL. Franzen is a forward that has played very consistently throughout his career. In 472 games, he has recorded 275 points. Yes those numbers may be a bit low, but it isn't what he had done in the regular season that makes him a key miss, rather it is his dominant playoff performances that makes him a big miss for the Flyers. Franzen has played in 88 postseason games throughout his career and has recorded 73 points. He helped lead the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2007-2008.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2004 - Tyler Kennedy

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Tyler Kennedy was drafted with the 99th overall pick in the fourth round in 2004. Kennedy was selected by the Penguins from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. In 326 games, he has recorded 157 points, but he has helped the Penguins capture a Stanley Cup Championship in 2008-2009.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2004 - Ryan Callahan

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Anytime you miss a chance to draft a future NHL captain, there is no doubt that the player ends up on this type of list. Ryan Callahan was drafted by the New York Rangers with the 127th overall selection in the fourth round in 2004. He was selected from the Guelph Storm of the OHL. Callahan was dominant in the OHL but he has also been successful in a blue sweater. In 360 games, Callahan has recorded 198 points. He has yet to play a full season in the NHL but his presence is always felt when he is on the ice for the Rangers.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2004 - Mikhail Grabovski

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Another forward that the Flyers missed out on was Mikhail Grabovski, who was selected with the 150th pick in the fifth round by the Montreal Canadiens. Grabovski played 27 games for the Canadiens before being acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he currently players. In 319 career games, Grabovski has recorded 201 points but has yet to make an appearance in the postseason due to being on poor teams.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2004 - Troy Brouwer

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Troy Brouwer was basically a steal in the seventh round with the 214th overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks. In 320 games, he has recorded 136 points. Brouwer has also been apart of a Stanley Cup Champion in his brief NHL career. He was apart of the 2009-2010 champion Blackhawks, who ironically defeated the Flyers in six games. Brouwer played his first full 82-game NHL season this past year as apart of the Capitals. He recorded 33 points in 82 games and 4 points in 14 playoff games.