Going from rival Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to one of our other rivals in Newark, New Jersey. We see Colorado break the chain of Edmonton picking first overall. With the first pick, Colorado picks the best player since Crosby, also from the same town as Crosby in Nathan MacKinnon, then Aleksander Barkov going to Florida second overall, and Jonathan Drouin going third overall to Tampa Bay. The Devils followed in the Penguins’ footsteps by making a big trade when they sent the 9th overall pick, used to select Bo Horvat, to Vancouver for Cory Schneider. This was the last of the Holmgren drafts.
First Pick: Round 1 Pick 11 (11)
Original Pick: Sam Morin (D)
Dan’s Pick: OBVIOUSLY SAMUEL “GREATEST DEFENSEMAN OF ALL TIME” MORIN
New Pick: Shea Theodore (D) (26)
Here you go Dan. Sam Morin was drafted with some high expectations. With comparisons to Chris Pronger, it seemed like we had gotten his replacement after his career-ending injury. He has yet to become that player and it, unfortunately, seems like he will not be that player. He has mostly been a career AHLer, although he has had problems staying healthy. In 29 NHL games he has 1 goal, which he scored this year. His future with the Flyers is uncertain. There’s several good players right after Morin, but I decided with another defenseman in Shea Theodore. Theodore didn’t really turn into the top defenseman he is now until he was taken by the Golden Knights. In 264 NHL games with the Ducks and Golden Knights, he has 44 goals and 127 assists for 171 points. He was 6th in Norris voting in 2020.
Others in contention: Max Domi (12), Josh Morrissey (13), Ryan Pulock (15), Nikita Zadorov (16), Anthony Mantha (20)
Second Pick: Round 2 Pick 11 (41)
Original Pick: Robert Hägg (D)
Manny’s Pick: Well, OBVIOUSLY Robert Hägg still
New Pick: Tyler Bertuzzi (LW) (58)
Hägg has spawned one of the best memes in the Flyers twitter community with Hägg and a 3rd. Unfortunately, it will not get any deal done, although it should. Hägg was supposed to also be a great future Flyer. I remember first seeing his name in NHL 16 I believe. I’d always trade him in season mode because he had decent value and wouldn’t be ready that season. Well, Hägg never really became much more than a bottom pair guy. In 236 NHL games with the Flyers, Hägg has 13 goals and 34 assists for 47 points. The Flyers missed out on a pretty decent player. The nephew of the infamous Todd Bertuzzi, Tyler has that same grit to his game and has a bit of a scoring touch. In 208 games for the Detroit Red Wings, Bertuzzi has 54 goals and 72 assists for 126 points. Don’t let that low point total fool you, he has been regularly playing on this awful Detroit team and provides much more value than that. He went to the 2020 NHL All Star Game.
Others in contention: Tristan Jarry (44), Zach Sanford (61), Brett Pesce (66)
Third Pick: Round 3 Pick 11 (72)
Original Pick: Tyrell Goulbourne (LW)
New Pick: Jake Guentzel (RW) (77)
Goulbourne has been mostly a minors player, only suiting up for 11 games in the NHL, all with the Flyers. He never recorded a point and got a minor penalty. He was a tough guy, but didn’t provide much else. Pittsburgh got a good player in Guentzel. He has shown that he is not just a product of Crosby. he has become one of Pittsburgh’s top weapons, and will probably be the face of the franchise after Letang, Malkin, and Crosby are gone. In 299 NHL games with the Penguins, he has 121 goals and 136 assists for 257 points. He went to the 2020 NHL All Star Game and won the 2017 Stanley Cup.
Others in contention: John Hayden (74), Pavel Buchnevich (75), Anthony Duclair (80), Oliver Bjorkstrand (89), Juuse Saros (99), Miles Wood (100), Ryan Graves (110), Will Butcher (123), Cal Petersen (129)
Fourth Pick: Round 5 Pick 11 (132)
Original Pick: Terrance Amorosa (D)
New Pick: Dominik Kubalík (LW) (191)
Amorosa played out at Clarkson University and then has mostly just played in the ECHL. He has played 5 games in the AHL for the Laval Rocket, Montreal’s affiliate, and has 1 goal for them. Dominik Kubalík took a little while to bust out on the scene, spending most. of his post-draft years in Europe. His rights were traded from LA to Chicago and he signed an ELC to start playing in the 2019-20 season. In 124 NHL games with the Blackhawks, Kubalík has 47 goals and 37 assists for 84 points. Kubalík was 3rd in Calder voting for the 2019-20 season and has the NHL record for most points in a playoff debut with 5 points (2 goals and 3 assists).
Others in contention: Carson Soucy (137)
Fifth Pick: Round 6 Pick 11 (162)
Original Pick: Merrick Madsen (G)
New Pick: Andreas Johnsson (RW) (202)
Madsen has played only played 28 professional games, 11 in the AHL and 17 in the ECHL. Andreas Johnsson has been a solid depth piece since entering the league. In 175 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Devils, he has 35 goals and 43 assists for 78 points.
Others in contention: none
Sixth Pick: Round 7 Pick 11 (192)
Original Pick: David Drake (D)
New Pick: MacKenzie Weegar (D) (206)
Drake has remained in our system since he was drafted, except he didn’t play this past year. He has mostly played for the Reading Royals of the ECHL, but has gotten into 9 AHL games with the Phantoms, getting 2 assists. MacKenzie Weegar is a nice depth defenseman who had a career year this past year for the Panthers. In 226 games with the Panthers, he has 19 goals and 58 assists for 77 points. About half of those points are from this past season where. he had 36 in 54, or a pace of about 55 points in an 82 game season.
Others in contention: none
Draft Picks Traded Away
4th (102-Tobias Lindberg)+Conditional 2012 or 2013 2nd (50-Colton Sissons (was 2012))+Jon Kalinski to TB for Pavel Kubina
MIN 3rd (77-Jake Guentzel)+ LA 2012 2nd (61- Devin Shore) to DAL for Nicklas Grossman
PHX 4th (103-Justin Ager (was conditional, the condition was that it would be a 3rd if PHI made the 2013 playoffs, or a 4th if PHI. didn’t make the 2013 playoffs) to LA for Simon Gagne
Flyers Real 2013 Draft
Flyers New 2013 Draft
Holmgren wasn’t the drafting master, but did make good picks, although most of his best picks were overshadowed by. an even better player. In total he drafted 43 players and I had only 3 as guys we would still pick. Really just 2 because 1 of them was like within. the last 5 picked. Holmgren seemed to more just get unlucky with a bette player being available.
By Noah Caplan (@Phlyers24 and @NoahlyPod)
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