5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2007

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2007

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Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The 2006-2007 NHL season was one of the worst seasons in franchise history for the Philadelphia Flyers. The orange and black had many losing streaks during that season especially their franchise record worst 10-game losing streak. They also had a streak of thirteen (13) straight home loses that stretched over a three months time span. The Flyers finished with the most losses and worst winning percentage in their franchise history with a record of 22-48-12. They also had the biggest drop off of total points in the team standings in NHL history. The Flyers were a disappointment for the 2006-2007 season.

They were eventually rewarded the 2nd overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. The Flyers selected left winger James van Riemsdyk with their second overall pick. Van Riemsdyk has been a bit of a disappointment for Flyers' fans as well as the franchise. He has yet to play a full 82-game NHL season. JVR, as fans and teammates call him, was a key component and contributor for the Flyers in their 2009-2010 Stanley Cup run. Due to JVR's struggles, the Flyers traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the offseason for defenseman Luke Schenn. Van Riemsdyk was the only player out of the Flyers' draft picks who has played more than 100 games in the NHL.

Ironically, the Flyers did pass over a good amount of players in this draft. Two of these players are currently on their roster to this day but they are included due to the fact that they could have been drafted by the Flyers.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2007 - Jakub Voracek

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Jakub Voracek was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 7th overall pick of the 2007 draft. In 319 NHL games, Voracek has recorded 183 total points. Voracek was acquired by the Flyers last offseason and recorded 49 points, had a career high in goals with 18 and played in his first ever NHL playoffs where he recorded 10 points in 11 games.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2007 - Sam Gagner

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Sam Gagner was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with the 6th overall pick in the 2007 draft. He has played very consistently throughout his career. Gagner has yet to play a full 82-game season in the NHL but has recorded 220 points in 366 games for the Oilers. Look for him to get better and produce more especially at the age of 23.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2007 - Wayne Simmonds

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Wayne Simmonds was the 61st overall pick in 2007. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round. Simmonds has played consistently as a young depth forward for the Kings in his first couple of seasons but when he was acquired by the Flyers, Simmonds has a career year. Last season Simmonds recorded career highs in goal (28), assists (21), and points (49). He also made it out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2007 - Jamie Benn

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Though the Flyers have a young team already, they missed out on another winger that has had brilliant success so far in his first three NHL season. Jamie Benn was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round with the 129th overall pick. In 222 games Benn has a total of 160 points. Last season was the best season of his career while missing eleven games. Benn recorded career highs in goals (26), assists (37), and points (63) last season and looks to continue to mature and develop, especially with the acquisition of Jaromir Jagr this offseason.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2007 - David Perron

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The Flyers missed out on David Perron, who was a late draft pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2007. Perron was successful in his first three seasons in the NHL, but injuries in the past two seasons have limited his success. Look for Perron to bounce back and put up similar numbers to last seasons 42 points in 57 games, especially in a shortened season.

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