The 2013 NHL Draft was held all day on Sunday afternoon at the New Jersey Devils‘ Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. This year, all seven rounds were conducted in one day, which may account for the odd moves that the Philadelphia Flyers made this year.
The Flyers did stay pat at No. 11 in the first round, even though there were some rumors that they were talking about moving up in the draft by trading Braydon Coburn for the Edmonton Oilers‘ or the Carolina Hurricanes‘ first-round picks.
A few of the top defenseman had already been selected before the 11th pick, but other key guys that were still available were Ryan Pulock, Nikita Zadorov and Samuel Morin. Pulock or Zadorov may have been a better choice, but the Flyers eventually went with Morin.
In their second pick, the Flyers selected Sweden’s Robert Hagg, another defenseman. Hagg seemed like an odd pick, but his size and ability to play hard on the power play is something the Flyers like. Hagg might be worrisome because he’s not much of a goal scorer and doesn’t look quite NHL-ready.
The first two picks weren’t completely terrible, but they probably have a few more years until they get a spot on the Flyers roster. Selections three through seven were what made the rest of the Flyers’ draft moves a little questionable.
With their third pick, they took left winger Tyrell Goulbourne and if you look at his highlights, it’s all about fights. So essentially he is another enforcer, which the Flyers don’t really need on the team when they have players like Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill.
The fifth and sixth picks were prep school kids who were not even ranked by the NHL’s lists. The fifth was yet another defenseman Terrance Amorosa, and not that much is known about him yet. Their sixth pick was prep school goalie Merrick Madsen, which may pan out to be a good move later down the line.
With their last pick in the seventh round, the Flyers took yet another defenseman, David Drake, who only scored a point in 12 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers. The last pick isn’t that big of a deal because he most likely won’t see a spot on the starting roster for years to come.
So what grade do the Flyers get for their draft moves this year? C+, and that might be a bit generous.
Their first two picks are good for them, but it looked like they were just drafting defenseman to say that they know how to draft them. It was also surprising that Holmgren was unable to move up in the draft to get a higher ranked blueliner. It is also odd that they only selected one forward this year, which probably means that Holmgren has something up his sleeve when free agency begins.