After a long wait with the unprecedented stoppage because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 NHL draft has arrived.
The first round will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, while Rounds 2-7 follow on Wednesday starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.
The Flyers hold seven picks and their first-round selection comes at No. 23 overall.
Let's take a look at a target for the Flyers with the 23rd selection:
Position: Right wing
Team: Sarina Sting (OHL)
Through 57 games in 2019-20, Perreault led the Sting in goals (39) and was fourth in points (70). He currently has the blueprint that will allow him to mold into a true sniper one day, having a strong shot and release.
Creativity and strong instincts with the puck in the offensive zone are what allow him to stand out on the ice — but it can also land him in trouble, as he has a difficult time managing in the other two zones, especially neutral.
The 17-year-old winger took everyone by surprise when it came to his skating skills, which are still consumed with mixed reviews. He dominated drills at the CHL Top Prospects Game, finishing in the top three in six different categories, some of the most impressive being the 30M forward skate, reaction time and weave agility — where he placed first.
The biggest concern is his ability to translate those skills to his actual game.
Fit with Flyers
The Flyers are in a situation they haven’t found themselves in for quite some time — and that’s the fact there is not one dire need going into this draft. There’s balance across all positions and prospects, so that opens the opportunity to take a risk with Perreault.
He is a young talent that should only continue to improve in years to come. While it might take a while longer to develop, if he can hone in on his potential, there’s a chance he can make a substantial impact down the road.
Everyone wanted the Flyers to draft a sniper in the first round last year — this time around, Perreault could be their best option for the future.