WHY THE FLYERS NEED TO BE FORWARD-THINKING IN NHL DRAFT

Top priority: Top-six forward

The situation: The Flyers’ top-four prospects are defensemen, while their No. 1 forward in the development pipeline, center Scott Laughton, projects most likely as a third-line player. A big center to play behind Claude Giroux would be ideal, but a forward who can develop into a top-flight scorer is what’s needed at No. 7. The focus will be best player available with their second first-round pick, acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Braydon Coburn trade.

Possible fits: Pavel Zacha, C, Sarnia (OHL); Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston (OHL); Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestad (SWE)

Check out the Metropolitan Division wrap-up:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=771518

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