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A historical look at what Flyers could get with 14th overall draft pick

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A historical look at what Flyers could get with 14th overall draft pick

On Wednesday, we looked at the history of the 19th overall pick, one of two first-rounders the Flyers own in June’s NHL draft. The 19th pick is their own. They also have the Blues’ pick at 14.

The 14th pick teeters at the end of the lottery. Let’s take a look at some previous hits and misses at 14 before we move onto specifics of this year’s draft.

Hits

1979: Brian Propp, LW, Flyers
Flyers fans know Propp all too well. He was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 1999 and holds several Flyers franchise records that still stand. The five-time All-Star finished his 15-year career with 1,004 points. He had 849 points in 790 games over 11 years with the Flyers.

1992: Sergei Gonchar, D, Capitals
Gonchar had a long career before finally being awarded a Stanley Cup as a player in 2009 with the Penguins. He later won two more as a development coach with Pittsburgh. A five-time All-Star, Gonchar collected 220 goals and 811 points in 1,301 career games with six teams.

1973: Rick Middleton, RW, Rangers
Drafted by the Rangers, Middleton made his noise with the Bruins. Middleton had 448 goals and 988 points in 1,005 career games and had seven straight seasons with 30 or more goals. He holds the NHL record for the most points in a single playoff series (19).

2016: Charlie McAvoy, D, Bruins
McAvoy was the 14th overall pick just two years ago but already has established himself with Boston. McAvoy is a smooth-skating, puck-moving, right-handed defenseman. McAvoy missed out on being a Calder Trophy finalist this year. He had seven goals and 32 points in 63 games.

Misses

2008: Zach Boychuk, C, Hurricanes
Boychuk probably follows you on Twitter because his NHL career never panned out. He had just 30 points in 127 NHL games, bouncing around quite often. He last played in the KHL in 2016-17.

2009: Dmitry Kulikov, D, Panthers
Kulikov is currently with the Jets, who are four wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final, but the defenseman never reached his potential with the Panthers. Florida traded Kulikov to the Sabres in June 2016 and after one season in Buffalo, he opted for free agency. He had 11 points in 62 games this season with Winnipeg and has yet to play in the postseason.

2012: Zemgus Girgensons, C, Sabres
The Sabres traded a first- and second-round pick to move up seven spots to draft Girgensons in 2012. In five seasons, Girgensons hasn’t panned out. He’s had seven goals in each of the past three seasons. Last year, he finished with 15 points in 71 games. Not exactly the production you want from a player you move up seven selections to take.

Analysis
The history of the 14th pick has a solid return rate and has produced some impactful players. If the Flyers keep this pick, they should come away with a strong prospect here.

But with two first-rounders, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall might want to use his ammo to move up into the top-10 (see story). Two picks in the teens would add to an already stacked system. That's a decision Hextall is going to have to weigh.

Claude Giroux's final Hart Trophy voting unveiled — and it should hurt

Claude Giroux's final Hart Trophy voting unveiled — and it should hurt

When the Hart Memorial Trophy finalists were unveiled in late April and Claude Giroux's name was nowhere to be found, there was noticeable outrage across the Delaware Valley — and understandably so.

Giroux, in his age 30 season, tied for the league lead in assists at 68 and finished second in points with 102, behind only Connor McDavid (108). He also recorded a better plus/minus at plus-28 than the three finalists — Anze Kopitar (plus-21), Taylor Hall (plus-14) and Nathan MacKinnon (plus-11).

Not only that, Giroux also emphatically rebounded from one of his worst seasons as a pro with career bests across the board — again, at age 30.

2016-17: 82 games, 14 goals, 44 assists, 58 points, minus-15

2017-18: 82 games, 34 goals, 68 assists, 102 points, plus-28

So when Giroux was not voted a Hart Trophy finalist, it led to the burning and lingering question of how ridiculous was the omission?

Giroux was already considered snubbed, but imagine if the Flyers' captain finished outside, say, the top five or six of the final voting? All hell would have broken loose in Philadelphia.

Turns out, Giroux did get some respect, finishing fourth in the final tally, which was released Wednesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, where Hall won the Hart Trophy.

At least Giroux received his share of love, but in a way, it stings even more for his supporters given the fact he fell only five points shy of being a finalist.

Nonetheless, Giroux's 2017-18 season will never be forgotten, hardware or not. He punctuated the first 100-point campaign in Flyers history since Eric Lindros in 1995-96 by delivering a hat trick in Game 82 of the regular season to clinch the Flyers a playoff berth at the Wells Fargo Center.

Fans chanted MVP.

And that will have to do.

Other NHL Awards tidbits

• Shayne Gostisbehere finished 10th in the James Norris Memorial Trophy voting for best defenseman. Victor Hedman won the award.

• Ron Hextall came in eighth for General Manager of the Year while also notching a first-place vote. Dave Hakstol slotted in at 14th for the Jack Adams Award (NHL Coach of the Year). The Golden Knights swept the categories with GM George McPhee and head coach Gerard Gallant taking home the honors.

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Wayne Simmonds misses out on Mark Messier Leadership Award to Deryk Engelland

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Wayne Simmonds misses out on Mark Messier Leadership Award to Deryk Engelland

Wayne Simmonds narrowly missed out on becoming the first Flyer to win the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland took home the honors Wednesday night in Las Vegas. 

The award, chosen by Messier himself, is presented to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey.

Simmonds was named a finalist through his extensive work in the community. The Flyers' forward has hosted a military unit in his private suite during every Flyers home game while also serving on the board of directors for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

Simmonds' philantropy also extends to his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario, where he has hosted Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors each summer over the past six years.

Engelland is the first player never to wear the ‘C’ to win the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which was first presented in 2007. Previous winners include Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber.  

Engelland’s award marked a big night for the expansion Golden Knights franchise. Gerard Gallant took home the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year, William Karlsson claimed the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recognizing the player who exhibits the highest standard of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, and George McPhee was named the GM of the Year.

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