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2019 NHL draft lottery results: Flyers earn 11th overall pick, while Devils land No. 1 again

2019 NHL draft lottery results: Flyers earn 11th overall pick, while Devils land No. 1 again

Sorry, Flyers fans. Jack Hughes isn't coming to Philadelphia.

The chances were obviously not in the Flyers' favor for Tuesday night's 2019 NHL draft lottery in Toronto. The Flyers had a 3.5 percent shot to land the No. 1 overall pick, which will most likely be used on 17-year-old American center Hughes (more on him here), a 3.8 percent chance at No. 2 and a 4.1 percent chance at No. 3.

They entered the lottery holding the 10th draft position and ended up with the 11th pick. The Devils won the lottery again, with the Rangers earning the second pick, meaning Hughes will almost certainly land in the Metropolitan Division. New Jersey had the No. 1 overall pick in 2017 and selected Nico Hischier before the Flyers nabbed Nolan Patrick at No. 2.

Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher, who was in Toronto for the event, is impressed by this year's draft crop.

"The top end of the draft I believe is strong," Fletcher said Monday. "The potential top three picks have gained a lot of notoriety, and from what I've seen, justifiably so. To me, it looks like there are really good players through the first half of the first round. In particular, I think the depth looks pretty good, as well — even into the second round, you're getting players better than you would most years. I believe if our scouts were here, they would tell you it is an above average draft year."

The Flyers have 10 picks in the draft, which will be held June 21-22 in Vancouver, British Columbia. This marks the first draft Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr will head up for the Flyers. Flahr was brought on board by Fletcher and oversees the Flyers' scouting department and prospect development.

Unfortunately for the Flyers, there was no replay of 2017, when the club hit the jackpot by climbing from the 13th draft position to No. 2 overall. They had a 2.4 percent at the second pick that summer and somehow got it, selecting Patrick out of the WHL.

2019 lottery results

1. Devils
2. Rangers
3. Blackhawks
4. Avalanche
5. Kings
6. Red Wings
7. Sabres
8. Oilers
9. Ducks
10. Canucks
11. Flyers
12. Wild
13. Panthers
14. Coyotes
15. Canadiens

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

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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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Don't like the Phillie Phanatic's new look? Gritty has a message for you

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When Gritty and the Phillie Phanatic met in September 2018 at Citizens Bank Park, a special bond was born.

With his best friend from across the street under the microscope for his new look, Gritty stepped up Tuesday night in defense of the Phanatic.

During the first period of the Flyers-Sharks game at the Wells Fargo Center, Gritty had a message for anyone out there not in support of the Phanatic's fresh style.

This is what best friends do.

Good for Gritty. The Phanatic would do the same for the orange fella.

Both will be reunited at the ballyard soon.

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