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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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One Flyer was reportedly a hot trade target, but Chuck Fletcher shut it down

One Flyer was reportedly a hot trade target, but Chuck Fletcher shut it down

The suddenly-ascendant Flyers pieced together a somewhat busy trade deadline, acquiring a pair of depth forwards in Derek Grant and Nate Thompson to pad a playoff run, but things could've been much busier if rival executives had their way Monday.

One young Flyers player not named Shayne Gostisbehere was attracting a lot of attention as general managers circled the wagons before the deadline, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

That player? Scott Laughton:

Another player I heard a lot of teams liked: Philadelphia’s Scott Laughton.

'Chuck (Fletcher) couldn’t hang up fast enough,' another exec joked.

That's a great quote. I can see Fletcher laughing to himself, and quietly hitting "end call," when Laughton's name came up.

And it makes plenty of sense for Fletcher to shut down Laughton talks, on two fronts — both of which should excite Flyers fans.

For one, Fletcher avoiding temptation at the deadline means he has his eyes on the postseason prize. The Flyers, after Tuesday night's win (see story), are just five points behind Metro-leading Washington, with 19 games left before the playoffs. It would take a serious meltdown to miss the postseason, and it seems Fletcher feels like the Flyers can make noise in April (and May, and maybe even June?) so he stood pat.

Also, and this is probably a little more obvious: Laughton has turned into a young, sought-after talent in the eyes of league execs this season.

It's no secret that the 2019-20 season has been the best of Laughton's young career. He's already tied his career high in goals with 12, he's averaging a point every two games, and he's just 25 years old. The hard-nosed 2012 first-round pick is officially coming into his own this year, and he's still under contract through the end of the 2020-21 season. Really, it's an ideal development for the Flyers.

Is Laughton currently the kind of player who defines your team? Not just yet.

But he's become the kind of player other teams want, which is always a good sign.

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With newcomers, Flyers keep on humming in NHL playoff race, have Penguins in their sights

With newcomers, Flyers keep on humming in NHL playoff race, have Penguins in their sights

BOX SCORE

A day after the NHL trade deadline, the Flyers showed off their new look and didn't miss a beat.

With reinforcements Derek Grant and Nate Thompson, the Flyers defeated the Sharks, 4-2, Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers (36-20-7) have won four straight games, their longest win streak since Dec. 17-23, when they also won four in a row.

Not many in the league have been better than the Flyers over their last 20 games. The Flyers are 14-5-1 with an NHL-high 72 goals since Jan. 8. Over that stretch, only one club has more points than the Flyers' 29 — the Lightning with 31.

The Sharks (26-33-4), who have a number of injuries and traded away Barclay Goodrow and Patrick Marleau before Monday's deadline, have lost five straight.

• Good work by the Flyers handling a lesser opponent.

Tuesday was a big night in the playoff race as the Islanders, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes were all in action

The Flyers are still in third place of the Metropolitan Division and climbed to within one point of the second-place Penguins.

• The new line of Scott Laughton, Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny sure was fun to watch.

During the second period, Hayes and Konecny scored goals to help the Flyers restore order with a 3-1 lead at intermission.

Hayes tacked on another in the third period, giving him 21 markers this season. The 27-year-old is projected to break his career high of 25 set in 2017-18 and he might flirt with 30.

On Hayes' first goal, the 6-foot-5 center used his impressive reach to snag Laughton's pass and bury the shot. The Flyers are 17-0-1 when Hayes scores a goal.

Meanwhile, Konecny finished with his third three-point effort over the last four games. He had two three-point games over his first three NHL seasons.

Laughton continued his always reliable play with two assists and a plus-3 mark.

• Grant and Thompson, both acquired by the Flyers Monday, were eased into duty.

Both went scoreless as Grant committed a penalty and was solid in the faceoff circle, while Thompson centered the fourth line.

Here's how they're getting acclimated (see story).

• At home, Carter Hart has been an absolute nightmare for opponents.

With 26 saves, he improved his home mark to 17-2-2.

The 21-year-old has yielded two or fewer goals in 17 of his 21 home games. He is a must-see ticket in Philly.

• Defensemen Matt Niskanen and Travis Sanheim made clutch third-period plays to break up juicy scoring chances for the Sharks.

• Nicolas Aube-Kubel has six goals this season. He has turned into one of the biggest surprises since his mid-December call-up.

Last season, he went scoreless over nine outings, playing just 5:35 minutes per game.

• A beautiful job by the Flyers.

• The Flyers are off Wednesday and practice Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Voorhees, New Jersey, before hosting the Rangers Friday night (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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