With the Flyers' 2019-20 season finished after the club's second-round Game 7 loss to the Islanders, the organization's full focus now shifts to the 2020-21 campaign.
One of the major organizational events around the corner is the 2020 NHL draft, which was tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9-10. But the NHL has confirmed the draft dates have been moved up to Oct. 6-7.
The first round will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. ET, while Rounds 2-7 follow on Wednesday, Oct. 7, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET
Free agency opens Friday, Oct. 9, at noon ET.
The Rangers own the first overall selection and are expected to draft consensus No. 1 pick Alexis Lafreniere.
The Flyers hold seven picks in the draft and their first-round selection comes at No. 23 overall. The Flyers have a first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth and two seventh-rounders.
“I think it’s a decent draft — I don’t know if it’s top end," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said April 25 in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The top 10, 12 guys look like pretty high end. There’s a bit of a drop-off, but there’s some depth to the draft for a couple of rounds.
"We have some guys targeted we feel we would be very happy with in the top couple of rounds.
Given the club has nice depth on the blue line and took three defensemen in the first four rounds last summer, finishing with three blueliners, three wingers and a goalie, it could be looking for a center at No. 23 overall. While the Flyers will take the best player available in the first round, centers could be the overall focus or preference for the team as it's a premium position.
"Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does," Flahr said. "We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available.
"Realistically the players you draft now are two or three years down the road, best-case scenario. Some cases you get surprised. But by then, your team needs are different. We’ll do the best we can, we have an idea of where our holes are going forward and places where we certainly want to add depth to, whether it’s center or scoring winger or defense, we’ll see what happens. We’ll prepare, we weigh guys against each other, the pros and cons and we’ll do the best we can there.”