FLYERS GET NO. 18 PICK IN NHL DRAFT FRIDAY NIGHT

By Michael Donovan

The NHL draft is creeping up on us — Friday night in Buffalo — and the Flyers have the No. 18 pick.

So, GM Ron Hextall, who do you like?

“What it’s going to be, quite honestly, I don’t know,” he said at Skate Zone in Voorhees recently. “Our feeling is at 18, we’re going to get a real good prospect.

“And I believe beyond our pick, there’s still good players there. We’re going to have some emphasis on skill and size. Hopefully combined, but it’s a tough thing to grab.

“If you look at the history of the draft, there’s a lot of players who don’t play in the league, or don’t play many games in the league.

“If you start getting specific in trying to fill needs, you can miss.”

There have been 10 picks at 18 dating back to 1963 that have never played a game in the NHL, not including the last two drafts, according to Hockey Reference’s draft database.

There have been hits and misses at 18 — as there is with every draft position — and some players have molded themselves into role players to prolong their NHL career.

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