While I have probably exhausted talking about the defensive options the Philadelphia Flyers are considering, there are three options at the forward position that the team is looking at that I have not touched on. These three players are on the list of 10 prospects that the Flyers are considering drafting with their 11th pick in the first-round.
First up there is Frederic Gauthier, a member of the QMJHL‘s Rimouski Oceanic. Gauthier has come up in draft talks before and could be a key pick if the Flyers don’t get Hunter Shinkaruk or Max Domi. Gauthier is a big player that knows how to play both ends of the ice, which will be key for the Flyers. He is a projected third line player, but has already been compared to Jordan Staal. He also had a decent rookie season having logged 22 goals and assisting his teammates 38 times.
The Flyers are looking at a couple members of the London Knights from the OHL, as forward Bo Horvat is also on their list. The Flyers are especially interested in Horvat because he’s an offensive player who has a good back check and has an aggressive penalty kill. He’s been with the Knights for two seasons and showed a huge improvement from his rookie season by ending this season with 32 goals as opposed to 11. His offseason was so impressive that his stock went up and the team has a good chance to snatch him at 11th.
Another forward the Flyers are interested in is Anthony Mantha from Val d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL. Mantha is yet another big forward, who is expected to do well after being compared to Max Pacioretty and Milan Michalek. This is his third season with the team and he had a career high of 50 goals at the end of the regular season.
All three of these players would be good offensive players that the Flyers could draft and get into the system.