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2019 NHL draft: Flyers trade back, take Cam York with 14th overall pick

2019 NHL draft: Flyers trade back, take Cam York with 14th overall pick

Chuck Fletcher continued his wheeling and dealing Friday night at the 2019 NHL draft.

OK, it wasn't anything too crazy, but the Flyers' general manager traded the No. 11 overall pick to the Coyotes in exchange for the 14th and 45th overall selections.

With the No. 14 pick, the Flyers drafted defenseman Cam York out of the U.S. national team development program. York, a 5-foot-11, 172-pound lefty shot, is an aggressive, offensive-minded blueliner. The Anaheim Hills, California, native scored 65 points, a USNTDP single-season record for a defenseman, was a plus-56 and is headed to Michigan.

York became the first defenseman drafted by the Flyers in the first round since Ivan Provorov (2015). He's also the Flyers' second straight first-round pick out of the USNTDP after the team drafted winger Joel Farabee at No. 14 last summer.

"As a kid, this is what you dream of," York said on the NBCSN broadcast. "Really happy to be a Flyer."


Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault and Cam York. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

York was the fourth-ranked defenseman in the draft by TSN's Craig Button. He turned out to be the fifth blueliner taken Friday night, after Bowen Byram, Moritz Seider, Philip Broberg and Victor Soderstrom. The Flyers clearly liked York over some of the others. When they traded back, Soderstrom went to the Coyotes at No. 11.

York notched 14 goals and 51 assists in 63 games with the U.S. national U-18 team. He is skilled with the puck on his stick and loves to think offense.

The Flyers had a chance to draft 5-foot-7 sniper Cole Caufield, who was considered the best goal-scorer in the draft. He put up 72 goals and 100 points in 64 games this season with the U.S. national U-18 team (more on that here).

Assistant general manager Brent Flahr said last week that the Flyers had a couple of defensemen on their top-10 list. The Flyers have goals of replenishing the position throughout this draft.


(Rena Laverty/USA Hockey)

Day 2 begins Saturday afternoon with Rounds 2-7. The Flyers hold eight picks. With the trade, Fletcher gained back a spot in the second round after losing their second-round pick in the Justin Braun trade. The Flyers also gave up their fifth-round selection in the Kevin Hayes trade.

Here are the Flyers' picks for Saturday:

• Second round, 45th overall

• Third round, 65th overall

• Third round, 72nd overall

• Fourth round, 103rd overall

• Sixth round, 165th overall

• Sixth round, 169th overall

• Seventh round, 196th overall

• Seventh round, 201st overall.

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Flyers mascot Gritty works on his dad bod at Planet Fitness

Flyers mascot Gritty works on his dad bod at Planet Fitness

Did you think Gritty was going to be satisfied with winning the NHL Fan Choice Awards honor for best mascot?

Think again.

The guy is not resting on his laurels this summer. He's training hard for 2019-20. He was seen working up a sweat Tuesday at the Planet Fitness on Christopher Columbus Boulevard.


(Picture courtesy of NBC Sports Philadelphia's Todd Berman)

Rumor has it Gritty is working on his summer abs.

Or maybe not.

Regardless, the orange fella knows how to stay in shape. He's a preparation junkie, a true gym (and rink) rat. Complacency is not in Gritty's vocabulary.

He's also not breaking glass and scaring kids, so that's a positive.

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Competition aplenty as under-the-radar depth piece Nicolas Aube-Kubel re-signs with Flyers

Competition aplenty as under-the-radar depth piece Nicolas Aube-Kubel re-signs with Flyers

There has been plenty of talk about the Flyers' bottom-six depth.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel should be in the discussion when training camp rolls around.

The Flyers re-signed the restricted free agent Tuesday to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.

The 2014 second-round pick made his NHL debut last season and played a stretch of nine games from Oct. 30 to Nov. 17. He was a plus-1 with two shots in limited ice time (5:35 per game).

The 23-year-old winger is an intriguing piece to the Flyers' picture because of his speed and scoring ability, while also understanding a third- or fourth-line role. Over his last two seasons with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, Aube-Kubel has scored 34 goals and 76 points in 126 regular-season games. In his AHL career, he's a plus-35.

The Flyers have a job open for a bottom-six winger. Aube-Kubel will compete for a spot with guys like Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe, German Rubtsov, Carsen Twarynski, Mikhail Vorobyev, Andy Andreoff and Kurtis Gabriel.

Fletcher has two more restricted free agents to take care of and they're big ones: Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny (see story).

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