5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2006

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2006

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The 2006 NHL Entry Draft may have been one of the best drafts that the Philadelphia Flyers had in the twenty-first century. The Flyers ended up having ten (10) picks in the entire draft and had four (4) in the first two rounds. Things were looking bright for the orange and black, but despite one player being very successful, the Flyers missed out on five other players that could have been drafted and succeeded in the NHL.

With the twenty-second (22nd) overall pick of the first round the Flyers selected forward Claude Giroux from the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL. So far Giroux has flourished in a Flyers' sweater. In two-hundred eighty-five games (285), he has recorded 243 points. What is also amazing is that most of his points are from assists (165 total). Giroux has already played in the Stanley Cup Finals and has been a very successful playoff performer for the Flyers by recording fifty-five (55) points in fifty (50) games. The future was looking bright for Giroux, who has only played in three seasons of more than fifty games. Giroux looks to be the present and future answer for Philadelphia. Over the past two seasons, he has recorded career highs in goals, assists, and points in each year respectively (25 G, 51 A, 76 Pts in 2010-2011; 28 G, 65A, 93 Pts in 2011-2012).

There were, however, players that the Flyers definitely could use right now to help their team out. There specifically are five players that are currently playing in the NHL and have put together some good seasons that may have been better as apart of the Flyers.

Though the Flyers 2006 was a success due to the drafting of Giroux, they only had one other player who has had any NHL experience and he also played consistently for the them. Andreas Nodl was successful as a Flyers forward but unfortunately, he was claimed off of waivers early last season. The Flyers did not have another draft pick from 2006 make it into the NHL, but these five players have thrived in the NHL.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2006 - Milan Lucic

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Milan Lucic was drafted in the second round with the 50th overall pick by the Boston Bruins. So far, he has played very well in his first five seasons in the NHL. Lucic has recorded 212 points in 359 games and has recorded 35 points in 62 playoff games. Lucic also was apart of the Bruins' Stanley Cup championship team

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2006 - Nick Foligno

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Nick Foligno has not been a superstar in the NHL throughout his career, but he has been very consistent and a depth forward. He was drafted with the 28th overall selection in the first round by the Ottawa Senators. In his career, he has played in 351 games and has recorded almost 150 points (148 total). He was a big player for the Senators in their first round series against the New York Rangers this post season. Though they did not win the series, Foligno made his presence felt.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2006 - Nikolai Kulemin

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Nikolai Kulemin has yet to disappoint in an NHL uniform. In 303 games, he has recorded 152 points and a depth winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kulemin was selected by the Maple Leafs in the second round with the 44th overall pick. Though he did have a set back in production last year, as did many players for Toronto, Kulemin looks like he could have some continued success in a shortened NHL season.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2006 - Steve Mason

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Steve Mason is another goalie that has had some success in an NHL uniform. He helped lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a playoff appearance in 2008-2009 while playing unbelievable in his rookie campaign with a 33-20-7 record with a 2.29 GAA. Mason was selected by the Blue Jackets with the 69th overall pick in the third round in 2006. He has began to decline but this is due to poor play from the Blue Jackets team in general and their lack of consistency from their defensemen.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2006 - Brad Marchand

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Brad Marchand is another Bruins' forward that has a Stanley Cup ring that the Flyers could have drafted in 2006. Marchand was drafted by the Bruins with the 71st overall pick in the third round. He has played in NHL games throughout his career and has recorded 97 points. Marchand was a key contributor to the Bruins' cup run in 2010-2011 when he recorded 19 points in 25 games. Marchand would have been a great young winger for the Flyers, especially since he has a career plus/minus of positive fifty-three (+53).

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