The Flyers wrapped up their 2021 NHL draft class by selecting local product Owen McLaughlin in the seventh round with the 206th overall pick.
McLaughlin, a skilled 18-year-old center, is from Spring City, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. At the high school level last season with Mount St. Charles in Rhode Island, McLaughlin scored 54 points (16 goals, 38 assists) over 33 games. He played midget hockey in Valley Forge and also played at The Hill School before going to Mount St. Charles in 2020-21.
Next season he'll play in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers before going to Penn State in 2022-23.
McLaughlin learned he had been drafted by the Flyers while he was flying to Iowa for a Sioux City preseason camp.
"Being a Philly kid, it was thrilling," McLaughlin said Saturday, via Flyers senior director of communications Zack Hill. "I was on a plane when I found out, so it was a pretty nerve-racking plane ride. But to hear Philly took me and is taking a chance on me, it's super exciting."
The 6-foot, 165-pounder said he likes to model his game after Mathew Barzal for his shiftiness.
"Talented kid at the high school level," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said Saturday. "Obviously, he’s going to have a little bit longer path, but a highly skilled kid at that level. He’s going to have to put on some weight and get stronger. I know Guy Gadowsky at Penn State very well and I know guys, when they come out of there, are bigger and stronger. He's going to a good place and obviously he's close by here. We're excited to see where he can get to."
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