5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2008

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2008

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The 2008 NHL Entry Draft is the final draft that will be looked at during this series of lists. In 2008, the Philadelphia Flyers finished as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers upset the Washington Capitals (3rd seed) and the Montreal Canadiens (1st seed) in the first two rounds and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals where they squared off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd seed). The Flyers were eventually bounced out of the playoffs in five games by the Penguins, who went on to lose the Stanley Cup in six games to the Detroit Red Wings.

Philadelphia ended up with the nineteenth (19th) overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The 2008 draft was somewhat of a successful one for the Flyers, especially knowing that three of the five players that were drafted have played meaningful games in the NHL. With their first pick, the Flyers drafted Luca Sbisa, who is a defenseman from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. The Flyers also selected two other players who are on their current roster: Marc-Andre Bourdon and Zac Rinaldo. Bourdon was the Flyers' third round draft pick and Rinaldo was drafted in the sixth round (178th overall).

This draft placed the focus on the retooling of a team that was already young and developing with every single game played. The Flyers did miss out on a five players that are young, up and coming stars in the NHL today. These players have provided some big minutes for their respective teams. Some have produced very well offensively and have been key components in their teams' playoff runs.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2008 - Jordan Eberle

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Jordan Eberle was drafted in the first round with the twenty-second (22nd) overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers. So far through two seasons with the Oilers, Eberle has recorded 119 points in just 147 games. This is a bright sign for the twenty-two (22) year old and his young team.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2008 - John Carlson

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John Carlson was drafted by the Capitals with the twenty-seventh (27th) overall selection of the 2008 draft. Carlson has played in 186 regular season games with the Capitals and has recorded 75 points in those games. These numbers are pretty productive for a young defenseman. Carlson, also at 22 years old, will continue to develop into an elite blue liner over the next couple of season.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2008 - Adam Henrique

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Adam Henrique was drafted in the third round by the New Jersey Devils in 2008. Henrique has a heck of a rookie campaign. In 74 regular season games, Henrique recorded 51 points. He not only produced in his first regular season, Henrique also produced 13 points in 24 playoff games while helping the Devils reach the Stanley Cup.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2008 - Michael Del Zotto

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Michael Del Zotto is a player that would be a perfect fit for the Flyers, but he was drafted with the 20th overall pick in 2008 by the New York Rangers (right after the Flyers selected Sbisa). In 204 NHL games with the Rangers, Del Zotto has recorded 89 points. He finally played in his first post season with the Rangers in 2011-2012. Del Zotto recorded 10 points in 20 games. He has been a bright spot for a young team that is only going to get better in time.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2008 - Derek Stepan

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Another players that the Flyers missed out on was also drafted by the Rangers in 2008. Derek Stepan has played two full 82-game seasons so far in his young career. The 22-year old centerman for the Rangers has produced 96 points in 164 games. He also recorded 9 points in 20 games in the 2011-2012 post season. Stepan looks to only be getting better and his future looks very bright.

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