From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Sunrise, Florida we come to one of the best drafts ever, and could become the best draft ever. We see probably the second best number 1 pick ever in Connor McDavid go to the Edmonton Oilers, who have picked first in 4 of the past 6 drafts, and then Buffalo getting their second straight second overall pick and selecting Jack Eichel, then Arizona selecting Dylan Strome third overall.
First Pick: Round 1 Pick 7 (7)
Original Pick: Ivan Provorov (D)
New Pick: Mikko Rantanen (RW) (10)
Ivan Provorov has been the best defenseman for the Flyers pretty much since he entered the league, a great defenseman that can provide offense and stability in his own zone. In 371 NHL games for the Flyers, he has 50 goals and 109 assists for 159 points. He hasn’t won any NHL awards, at least yet, but was 9th in Calder voting in 2016-17 and 17th in Norris voting in 2019-20. Mikko Rantanen on the other hand, has become a better player. Whether or not he’d be as good as he is without MacKinnon is up for debate, although I believe he’d still be a superstar. In 333 NHL games with the Avalanche, he has 129 goals and 187 assists for 316 points. He. went to the 2019 NHL All Star Game and was on the 2021 Second NHL All Star Team. He has recieved votes for the Lady Byng (49th in 2017-18), the Hart (10th in 2020-21), and the Selke (18th in 2020-21).
Others in contention: Zach Werenski (8), Mathew Barzal (16), Kyle Connor (17), Thomas Chabot (18), Ilya Samsonov (22), Brock Boeser (23)
Second Pick: Round 1 Pick 24 (24)
Original Pick: Travis Konecny (RW)
New Pick: Sebastian Aho (C) (35)
This pick, Nashville’s 1st, was acquired in a June 26, 2015 trade that sent Tampa Bay’s 1st (29th) and Chicago’s 2nd (61) to Toronto for this pick.
Konecny is a big talking point with the Flyers. He saw gradual progress throughout his first 3 years then a huge 2019-20 season, but then he came back down to earth this past season. There are many things that left to be desired and these next few seasons should tell us exactly what kind of player Konecny is. In 349 NHL games with the Flyers, he has 94 goals and 125 assists for 219 points. He went to the 2020 NHL All Star Game. Sebastian Aho was a major steal for Carolina in this draft, even with them drafting 5th overall, they did their best work in the 2nd round. In 366 NHL games with the Hurricanes, Aho has 145 goals and 175 assists for 320 points. He went to the 2019 NHL All Star Game. Aho received votes for the Calder (8th in 2016-17), Byng (46th in 2017-18), the Hart (10th in 2018-19; 17th in 2020-21), and the Selke (12th in 2018-19; 25th in 2020-21).
Others in contention: Brandon Carlo (37), Mackenzie Blackwood (42), Roope Hintz (49), Vince Dunn (56)
Third Pick: Round 3 Pick 9 (70)
Original Pick: Felix Sandström (G)
New Pick: Anthony Cirelli (C) (72)
This pick was acquired in a July 2, 2014 trade that sent Tye McGinn to San Jose for this pick
Sandström was, at one point, seen as the next Flyers goaltender. That changed with the drafting of our third pick in next year’s draft. He has several starts in the AHL with the Phantoms, posting a 5-3-4 record in 11 games with a 3.19 GAA and .903 sv%. Don’t let the numbers fool you as he started to find his groove at the end of the 2020-21 season in the AHL and could compete for a backup role in the near future. Two picks later, Anthony Cirelli was taken by the Lightning. He has turned into a great two way player that can slide up and down the lineup. In 218 NHL games with the Lightning, he has 49 goals and 67 assists for 116 points. He was on the 2018-19 NHL All Rookie Team, finishing 6th in Calder voting. He has received Selke votes in each of the last 3 season (11th in 20118-19; 4th in 2019-20; 20th in 2020-21).
Others in contention: Dan Vladar (75), Adin Hill (76), Sam Montembeault (77)
Fourth Pick: Round 3 Pick 29 (90)
Original Pick: Matej Tomek (G)
New Pick: Conor Garland (RW) (123)
This pick was acquired in a March 2, 2015 trade that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay for Radko Gudas, TB 1st, and this pick.
Tomek has yet to come over to North America, playing in the Czech league. Conor Garland has been one of the few bright spots for the Arizona Coyotes. In 164 NHL games with the Coyotes, he has 47 goals and 49 assists for 96 points.
Others in contention: Nicolas Roy (96)
Fifth Pick: Round 4 Pick 7 (98)
Original Pick: Sam Dove-McFalls (LW)
New Pick: Ethan Bear (D) (124)
SDM has yet to play professional hockey, having played in the Q and then playing at the University of New Brunswick, where he currently plays. Ethan Bear is a promising player on an Edmonton blue line that needs talent. In 132 NHL games with the Oilers, he has 8 goals and 25 assists.
Others in contention: Austin Wagner (99)
Sixth Pick: Round 4 Pick 13 (104)
Original Pick: Mikhail Vorobyev (C)
New Pick: Kirill Kaprizov (RW) (135)
This pick was acquired in a June 27th, 2015 trade that sent Columbus’s 4th (99-Austin Wagner) to LA for their 2016 6th and this pick.
Vorobyev was a failed Russian experiment. He looked like he had a game that could translate into a 3C role in the NHL, but every time he was called up, he just couldn’t put it together. In 35 NHL games with the Flyers, he had 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points. Between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 season he decided to go back to Russia. Kirill Kaprizov is the successful Russian experiment. Picked by our very Chuck Fletcher, he could very well become the steal of the draft. In his rookie season with the Wild, he got into 55 games and had 27 goals and 24 assists for 51 points. This would help him capture the Calder trophy and place 15th in Hart voting this past season. Hopefully the Wild can come to terms on a contract and keep hockey entertaining in the State of Hockey.
Others in contention: Caleb Jones (117), Mathieu Joseph (120),
Seventh Pick: Round 5 Pick 7 (128)
Original Pick: David Kaše (RW)
New Pick: Troy Terry (C) (148)
Since coming over to North America, Kase has mostly played in the AHL with the Phantoms, but has gotten the chance to play in 7 NHL games where he scored 1 goal. Troy Terry is a part of the exciting young core in Anaheim. In 129 NHL games for the Ducks, he has 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points.
Others in contention: Rudolfs Balcers (142), Adam Gaudette (149), John Marino (154)
Eighth Pick: Round 6 Pick 7 (158)
Original Pick: Cooper Marody (C)
New Pick: Andrew Mangiapane (LW) (168)
Cooper Marody never played for the Flyers organization as he was sent to Edmonton in 2018. He has mostly been an AHL player, but has gotten into 6 NHL games where he’s had 0 points. Mangiapane has been a good depth player for the Flames. In 178 NHL games with the Flames, he has 43 goals and 34 assists for 77 points.
Others in contention: Vladislav Gavrikov (159), Mason Appleton (168),
Ninth Pick: Round 7 Pick 7 (188)
Original Pick: Ivan Fedotov (G)
New Pick: Markus Nutivaara (D) (189)
Fedotov is a massive 6’7 goalie from Russia who has yet to come over, but has shown some promise in the KHL. Nutivaara has been a solid bottom pairing defenseman since entering the league. In 274 NHL games for the Blue Jackets and Panthers, he has 17 goals and 53 assists for 70 points.
Others in contention: Sami Niku (198), Matt Roy (194)
Draft Picks Traded Away
TB 1st (29-Gabriel Carlsson was conditional, and the condition was that it would go to Philly if not the 1st overall pick)+CHI 2nd (61-Jeremy Bracco) to TOR for NSH 1st (24-Travis Konecny)
2nd (37-Brandon Carlo)+3rd (78-Ilya Sorokin)+Matt Mangene to NYI for Andrew MacDonald
3rd (68-Martins Dzierkals)+Michael Leighton to CBJ for Steve Mason
CBJ 4th (99-Austin Wagner) to LA for 4th (104-Mikhail Vorobyev)+2016 6th
Flyers Real 2015 Draft
Flyers New 2015 Draft
By Noah Caplan (@Phlyers24 and @NoahlyPod)
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