After the draft in Raleigh, North Carolina we get to a huge draft that totally didn’t have a skewed draft lottery. May make an article about it and a better way to do a draft lottery if a season is ever cancelled for one reason or another, but this isn’t all about the validity of the draft lottery; this draft was different. Just like this past draft, 2020, it wasn’t in person and was held at Westin Hotel in Ottawa instead of the Senators’ arena, Corel Centre. The other big difference was that this was a snake draft. For those who don’t know, a snake draft goes 1 to 30 then the team that picked 30th would pick. 31st and have the first pick in the 2nd round. So Pittsburgh picked 1st overall, then their next pick was at the end of the 2nd round. Obviously, the first pick was Sidney Crosby, and immediately after was Cherry Hill’s own Bobby Ryan.
*All stats that mentioned do not include the 2020-21 NHL season*
First Pick: Round 1 Pick 29 (29)
Original Pick: Steve Downie (RW)
New Pick: Jonathan Quick (72) (G)
This pick was acquired in a July 30, 2005 trade that sent the Flyers’ 1st round pick (20- Kenndal McArdle) to the Florida Panthers for this pick and their 2006 2nd round pick.
Steve Downie wasn’t a bad pick. But we shouldn’t have made this deal with the Panthers. Sure, we got the better player, but if we kept that pick we could’ve picked Tuukka Rask. Nonetheless, Downie was a decent player, more known for his physical style of play. In 434 games with the Flyers, Lightning, Avalanche, Penguins, and Coyotes he scored 76 goals and 120 assists for 196 points. The pick for who to choose instead was tough. 2 great goalies, an all star defenseman, and 2. great forwards, but I decided to go with Quick. In 644 games up to the end of the 2019-20 season, he has a 325-240-67 record with 52 shutouts, a 2.39 GAA, and a .913sv%. He is one of, if not the best, American goalie ever. He’s won the Cup in 2012 and 2014, went to the NHL All Star Game in 2012, 2016, and 2018. He was named the goalie on the NHL Second All Star Team in 2012. He also won the Conn Smythe for his role in the 2012 playoffs, and he won the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2014 and 2018. While he isn’t that great anymore, he was arguably the best goalie in the NHL for several years.
Others in contention: James Neal (33), Kris Letang (62), Paul Statsny (44), Ben Bishop (85)
Second Pick: Round 3 Pick 30 (91)
Original Pick: Oskars Bartulis (D)
New Pick: Keith Yandle (105) (D)
We got this pick in a June 27, 2004 trade that sent 2004 5th (158-Brandon Elliott) + 2004 6th (188-Jan Zapletal) + 2004 6th (191-Karri Ramo) to the Tampa Bay Lightning for this pick
Oskars Bartulis, again, was a decent player, but. only played 66 NHL games, all with the Flyers scoring 1 goal and 8 assists for 9 points. I don’t know if I’m alone, but the thing I remember most about him was the huge hit on him from former Flyer Scotty Upshall, which made my mom hate Upshall. Shortly after our 2010 Cup Final run, he went over to the KHL. Keith Yandle has played in 976 games for the Coyotes, Rangers, and Panthers. He has scored 99 goals and 474 assists for 573 points. He actually did score his 100th goal in the 2020-21 season. Yandle has gone to the 2011, 2012, and 2019 NHL All Star Games.
Others in contention: Chris VandeVelde (96), Vladimir Sobotka (106), Niklas Hjalmarsson (108), Alex Stalock (112)
Third Pick: Round 4 Pick 27 (119)
Original Pick: Jeremy Duchesne (G)
New Pick: Nathan Gerbe (142) (C)
This pick was acquired in a July 30, 2005 trade that sent Anaheim’s 2nd round pick (59-Pier-Olivier Pelletier) to the Phoenix Coyotes for this pick and a 2006 2nd round pick.
Jeremy Duchesne played 1 NHL game for Flyers during the 2009-10 season where he played 17 minutes and letting in 1 goal. I was told Dan didn’t have a Houle jersey, but maybe he has had a Duchesne jersey. Nathan Gerbe is probably most well known as one of the shortest NHL players ever, actually the 2nd shortest (5’4, one inch taller than Roy “Shrimp” Worters). In 426 NHL games with the Sabres, Hurricanes, and currently the Blue Jackets he has scored 62 goals and 86 assists for 148 points.
Others in contention: none
Fourth Pick: Round 5 Pick 27 (152)
Original Pick: Josh Beaulieu (C)
New Pick: Ryan Reaves (156) (RW)
Josh Beaulieu never played at a higher level than the AHL. Not much else to say about him, but Ryan Reaves is a lot more to talk about. Just like Downie, Reaves is known for his physical and sometimes dirty play. In 649 NHL games with the Blues, Penguins, and Golden Knights he has 48 goals and 48 assists for 96 points, aaaaaand nearly 10 times as many penalty minutes.
Others in contention:
Fifth Pick: Round 6 Pick 12 (174)
Original Pick: John Flatters (D)
New Pick: Anton Stralman (216) (D)
Flatters never played professional hockey. Anton Stralman has played in 818 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Lightning, and Panthers. and scored 52 goals and 209 assists for 261 points.
Others in contention: none
Sixth Pick: Round 7 Pick 21 (215)
Original Pick: Matt Clackson (LW)
New Pick: Patric Hornqvist (230) (LW)
Clackson played in 270 AHL games for 8 goals and 16 assists for 24 points. He never played in the NHL. Patric Hornqvist is one of the few players selected last in the draft. that made the NHL and even fewer that an impact. In 770 NHL games for the Predators and Penguins he has scored 238 goals and 242 assists for 480 points. He was a part of the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup winning Penguins teams. He currently plays for the Florida Panthers.
Others in contention: none
Draft Picks Traded Away
2nd (41-Ondrej Pavelec)+Rick Kozak to NYR for Vladimir Malakhov
3rd (81-Danny Syvret)+2004 1st (25- Rob Schremp)+Jeff Woywitka to EDM for Mike Comrie
3rd (89-Chris Lawrence)+4th (102-Blair Jones) to TB for 2006 2nd
Flyers Real 2005 Draft
Flyers New 2005 Draft
By Noah Caplan (@Phlyers24)
Photo creds: Wikipedia