FLYERS SAY THEIR 11TH DRAFT PICK IS IN PLAY!

By Michael Bennett

The Flyers are considering trading their 11th pick in the June 21 NHL draft.

When speaking about his team’s draft position, general manager Chuck Fletcher yesterday talked about their options:

“It’s early. I’ve mentioned to teams that we’re in play but there hasn’t been a big push for the pick yet. If we keep it and stay at 11, we’re going to get a good player…It’s certainly a good chip that if moved, it could help.”

Fletcher wasn’t the only member of the Flyers’ management team who would talk about the draft as assistant general manager Brent Flahr, who is the point-man for running the scouts and draft for the Flyers, would also weigh in.

“At number 11, somebody will fall to us. After the top two … I think from three to 15 there will be a lot of the same names but teams will have them ordered differently and I think that bodes well for us.

“This draft is a little unique… especially the top 15, I think there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting… The way we look at it, we will take the best player at 11. I think as we go in the draft, we have some young defensemen that are in the NHL right now, and a couple coming, but we probably like to add defensemen depth to our organization going forward, whether it’s at 11 or the second or third round, we will see.”

For the Flyers, there are certainly going to be options this year as far as players available and as far as trades go. While Flahr is correct that after the first two picks, there’s a similar skill-level between the next 13 or so selections, that can be interpreted in one of two ways. Either this year features a deep draft class or it’s a class that doesn’t feature high-end talent outside of the first two picks.

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