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The 2019 NHL entry draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick and nine selections in total.

"This draft's a little unique," Flahr said last week. "Especially in the top 15, there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting — some power wingers, some smaller scoring wingers, some centermen, there's a number of D, a goaltender.

"We've identified probably five or six guys that we think have a chance to be there at 11 and probably some of the other teams in front of us will dictate that. But we're really confident we're going to get a good player."

This week, we will break down options for the Flyers at No. 11.

Matthew Boldy

Position: Left winger
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 196
Shoots: Left
Team: USNTDP

Scouting report

Last summer, the Flyers drafted two players (Joel Farabee, Gavin Hain) out of the U.S. national team development program. It wouldn't be surprising if they select another USNTDP product, given the program could see seven players go in the first round.

Boldy is intriguing because of superb scoring touch to complement his size.

"He's a unique guy — power forward with really good hands and can shoot," Flahr said. "He maybe played a bit of a lesser role than he normally would because of the depth of that team. A talented guy, certainly a guy that we like and other teams do, as well."

 

The Boston College commit is sly in the way he scores and put up 81 points (33 goals, 48 assists) over 64 games. He is the fifth-ranked player in the draft by TSN's Craig Button, while TSN's Bob McKenzie rated Boldy at No. 11, right where the Flyers are slotted.

Fit with Flyers

To have goal-scoring wingers like Farabee and Boldy in the system would be awfully exciting for the Flyers.

It seems like Boldy, a prospect the Flyers have probably seen a ton, could go anywhere from fifth to 12th. He has the potential to be a top-six forward and would only add to the Flyers' depth at the position. The organization is still somewhat slim on the wing.

"You're always going for the upside in the first round and finding the most talented player that you can, regardless of position," Fletcher said. "And whoever you think has the highest upside is who you are trying to land. And as Brent mentioned at 11, I think somebody will fall to us.

"Most teams probably have a consensus on who the top two players are. After that, I think from three to 15, it will be a lot of the same names, but teams will have them ordered differently, and I think that bodes well for us."

More on the 2019 NHL draft

• Flyers take one of draft's best D-men in this 1st-round mock

Trading No. 11 pick? Draft dynamic? That and more here

• Impressive playmaking center Krebs could be there for Flyers at No. 11

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