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Could Flyers go defense in the 1st round for second consecutive draft?

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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:

Justin Barron

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 195

Shoots: Right

Team: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Scouting report 

There’s not a ton of negative aspects to Barron’s game, which is enticing for any team that is looking to add a sturdy defender in the first round. At the jump of the 2019-20 season, reports had the 18-year-old out of Halifax with the potential of being selected in the top 15, but as the year progressed, with a few unfortunate speed bumps along the way, chances are he’s moved down the rankings a bit. 

The defenseman was out for just over 12 weeks after developing a blood clot during the season. When the news  was first released, Halifax’s general manager Cam Russell  praised his work ethic both off and on the ice in a team interview. 

“When you lose a player of Justin’s caliber it’s a big blow to your hockey team,” Russell noted back in December 2019. “Not only on-ice, but he’s a real leader in our dressing room.” 

 

Even facing that battle, he ended his season with the Mooseheads leading the defense in points (19) with four goals and 15 assists. 

Barron holds all the potential to be a strong two-way defender that controls his zone, distributes the puck well at the blue line, isn’t afraid to shoot and has already proven his skillset in skating. 

While his offensive contribution has dwindled from previous seasons, if he is able to combine his strength in skating with what he’s shown in the past in the offensive zone — chances are, he could become a very solid addition. 

Fit with Flyers 

The Flyers love their two-way defensemen and if Barron pieces those elements of his game together, he’d fit in quite well with the organization. 

Not to mention, if he happens to fall this far back in the draft and is available at No. 23, it’d be difficult to find a reason to not want to bring him to the organization. 

You can never go wrong with building up that blue line, but many of the recent top defenders the Flyers have drafted all have a left shot (Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov, Cam York) — Barron would shake that up.