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NHL draft 2019: Preview, start time, pick order, live stream and how to watch Rounds 2-7

NHL draft 2019: Preview, start time, pick order, live stream and how to watch Rounds 2-7

Day 1 of the 2019 NHL draft is in the books.

Now it's time for Day 2.

After trading back Friday night to No. 14 and gaining a second-round pick (see story), the Flyers own eight selections Saturday for Rounds 2-7.

"Our guys have identified guys that we can potentially get in the second and third round that they are very excited about getting," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said.

A lot happens on Day 2, so let's get you set with everything you need to know.

Essentials, Day 2

When: June 22 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Rogers Arena (Vancouver, British Columbia) 
Network: NHL Network
Live stream: NHL.com
Social media: @NBCSPhilly

Order

Round 2

32. Ottawa Senators
33. Los Angeles Kings
34. Nashville Predators
35. Detroit Red Wings
36. Carolina Hurricanes
37. Carolina Hurricanes
38. Edmonton Oilers
39. Anaheim Ducks
40. Vancouver Canucks
41. San Jose Sharks
42. Minnesota Wild
43. Chicago Blackhawks
44. Ottawa Senators
45. Philadelphia Flyers
46. Montreal Canadiens
47. Colorado Avalanche
48. Vegas Golden Knights
49. New York Rangers
50. Montreal Canadiens
51. Winnipeg Jets
52. Florida Panthers
53. Toronto Maple Leafs
54. Detroit Red Wings
55. New Jersey Devils
56. Washington Capitals
57. New York Islanders
58. New York Rangers
59. Carolina Hurricanes
60. Detroit Red Wings
61. New Jersey Devils
62. St. Louis Blues

Round 3

63. Colorado Avalanche
64. Los Angeles Kings
65. Philadelphia Flyers
66. Detroit Red Wings
67. Buffalo Sabres
68. New York Rangers
69. Florida Panthers
70. New Jersey Devils
71. Vancouver Canucks
72. Philadelphia Flyers
73. Minnesota Wild
74. Arizona Coyotes
75. Nashville Predators
76. Arizona Coyotes
77. Montreal Canadiens
78. Colorado Avalanche
79. Vegas Golden Knights
80. New Jersey Devils
81. Columbus Blue Jackets
82. Vegas Golden Knights
83. Ottawa Senators
84. Toronto Maple Leafs
85. Edmonton Oilers
86. Vegas Golden Knights
87. Los Angeles Kings
88. Calgary Flames
89. Tampa Bay Lightning
90. Carolina Hurricanes
91. San Jose Sharks
92. Boston Bruins
93. St. Louis Blues

Round 4

94. Ottawa Senators
95. Los Angeles Kings
96. New Jersey Devils
97. Detroit Red Wings
98. Pittsburgh Penguins
99. Minnesota Wild
100. Edmonton Oilers
101. Anaheim Ducks
102. Vancouver Canucks
103. Philadelphia Flyers
104. Florida Panthers
105. Chicago Blackhawks
106. Florida Panthers
107. Arizona Coyotes
108. Montreal Canadiens
109. Nashville Predators
110. Vegas Golden Knights
111. Dallas Stars
112. New York Rangers
113. Winnipeg Jets
114. Florida Panthers
115. Toronto Maple Leafs
116. Calgary Flames
117. Nashville Predators
118. Washington Capitals
119. Los Angeles Kings
120. Tampa Bay Lightning
121. Carolina Hurricanes
122. Buffalo Sabres
123. Chicago Blackhawks
124. Toronto Maple Leafs

Round 5

125. Ottawa Senators
126. Los Angeles Kings
127. New Jersey Devils
128. Detroit Red Wings
129. Washington Capitals
130. New York Rangers
131. Montreal Canadiens
132. Anaheim Ducks
133. Vancouver Canucks
134. Winnipeg Jets
135. Vegas Golden Knights
136. Montreal Canadiens
137. Florida Panthers
138. Montreal Canadiens
139. Vegas Golden Knights
140. Colorado Avalanche
141. Vegas Golden Knights
142. Dallas Stars
143. Detroit Red Wings
144. Winnipeg Jets
145. Pittsburgh Penguins
146. Toronto Maple Leafs
147. New York Islanders
148. Nashville Predators
149. Minnesota Wild
150. Calgary Flames
151. Pittsburgh Penguins
152. Carolina Hurricanes
153. San Jose Sharks
154. Boston Bruins
155. St. Louis Blues

Round 6

156. Vancouver Canucks
157. Los Angeles Kings
158. New Jersey Devils
159. Detroit Red Wings
160. Buffalo Sabres
161. New York Rangers
162. Edmonton Oilers
163. Anaheim Ducks
164. Vancouver Canucks
165. Philadelphia Flyers
166. Minnesota Wild
167. Chicago Blackhawks
168. Florida Panthers
169. Philadelphia Flyers
170. Montreal Canadiens
171. Colorado Avalanche
172. Minnesota Wild
173. Dallas Stars
174. Arizona Coyotes
175. Buffalo Sabres
176. Arizona Coyotes
177. Buffalo Sabres
178. New York Islanders
179. Nashville Predators
180. Vancouver Canucks
181. Carolina Hurricanes
182. Tampa Bay Lightning
183. Carolina Hurricanes
184. San Jose Sharks
185. Boston Bruins
186. Anaheim Ducks

Round 7

187. Ottawa Senators
188. Los Angeles Kings
189. New Jersey Devils
190. Detroit Red Wings
191. Buffalo Sabres
192. Boston Bruins
193. Edmonton Oilers
194. Chicago Blackhawks
195. Vancouver Canucks
196. Philadelphia Flyers
197. Minnesota Wild
198. Tampa Bay Lightning
199. Florida Panthers
200. Arizona Coyotes
201. Philadelphia Flyers
202. Colorado Avalanche
203. Pittsburgh Penguins
204. Toronto Maple Leafs
205. New York Rangers
206. Montreal Canadiens
207. Pittsburgh Penguins
208. Toronto Maple Leafs
209. New York Islanders
210. Nashville Predators
211. Washington Capitals
212. Columbus Blue Jackets
213. Tampa Bay Lightning
214. Calgary Flames
215. San Jose Sharks
216. Carolina Hurricanes
217. St. Louis Blues

Targets

Raphael Lavoie, C/W

Scored 20 goals in 23 QMJHL playoff games and brings size and positional versatility.

Arthur Kaliyev, RW

Might be the second-best goal-scorer in the draft behind only USNTDP product Cole Caufield.

Egor Afanasyev, LW

Good size (6-3/204) and improved drastically this season (62 points) with the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Nicholas Robertson, LW

Not big (5-9/162) but he's skilled with the puck and was more than a point-per-game player for the OHL's Peterborough Petes.

Matthew Robertson, D

The 25th-ranked player in the draft by TSN's Bob McKenzie and a sound two-way guy.

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Flyers' Kevin Hayes brings positive outlook to NHL return, eyeing Stanley Cup

Flyers' Kevin Hayes brings positive outlook to NHL return, eyeing Stanley Cup

When the Flyers begin training camp on Monday in preparation for the NHL playoffs, there’s bound to be plenty of surprises along the way.

The continued emergence of COVID-19 in this country makes this situation very fluid, and despite the NHL having both of its bubble cities in Canada, there will still be a heavy emphasis on health protocols upon arrival. Flyers center Kevin Hayes thinks the empty buildings will be the thing that stands out most.

“It’s definitely going to be interesting with no fans and kind of being locked in a bubble, but that’s why we play the game. We play to win the Stanley Cup and this is just another chance to do that,” Hayes said Wednesday to Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill.

While baseball’s return-to-play plan has teams playing in their home stadiums with no fans present, the NHL and NBA have elected for the bubble plan with the NBA playing entirely in Orlando, Florida, and hockey has targeted Edmonton, Alberta, and Toronto.

Hayes believes while the plan has a downside, there are plenty of silver linings.

“I don’t think anyone wants to live in a bubble at all, but it’ll be kind of nice to be with the guys every day that you haven’t seen for a while," Hayes said. "If they say that’s the safest way to finish the season, I think the guys will be cool with it.” 

The players do have the option of not playing and opting out of the NHL’s restart. We’ve seen it with players from the NBA and MLB, with some saying they aren’t going to play for various reasons citing family concerns, health concerns or things of that nature, but for Hayes, this was never on his mind.

“I never considered opting out," Hayes said. "I know the Flyers' organization has done their due diligence on making sure every player is protected and in the safest environment.” 

Hayes said he’s been extremely impressed with the protocols that have been in place since he’s returned to Philadelphia after working out with a trainer in Boston for much of the NHL pause.  

“I haven’t felt unsafe once," he said. "We pretty much test every day and they take every single situation pretty serious.” 

This is certainly a new world for the players, coaches and everyone involved as the league looks to resume, but if Hayes’ perspective is any indication, the Flyers are embracing the challenge in front of them and are ready to get going. This has been an interesting start to his Flyers career for the prized offseason free agent signing and Hayes is hoping to bring the city some hardware, regardless of the time or situation it happens. 

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2019-20 Flyers season grades: Matt Niskanen

2019-20 Flyers season grades: Matt Niskanen

The 2019-20 NHL regular season has concluded and the next time the puck drops will officially kick off the race to the Stanley Cup. The Flyers are hungry and ready to battle it out, but that is thanks to the hard work from back in October. 

In an End to End series, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer, Joe Fordyce and Jordan Hall will be grading players based on individual performances. 

Today we will be looking at Matt Niskanen.

Destra

I’m not going to lie — I fell under the category of not fully understanding the trade for Niskanen during the offseason in a one-for-one deal, sending former Flyer Radko Gudas to the Capitals. At the time, the most appealing aspects about the deal were recognizing the level of veteran experience Niskanen was going to bring to the blue line and his extensive résumé when it came to the playoffs. 

Now, with his first regular season as a Flyer officially at an end, it’s safe to say he was an absolute steal. Way to win a trade, Chuck Fletcher. 

Not only did he post 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists), making him the second-best defenseman in points on the team, but he elevated his partner Ivan Provorov to new heights in his career as well. The duo built such powerful chemistry on the ice and Niskanen provided the skill set needed to help Provorov hone in on his talent.  

There couldn’t have been a better fit for the Flyers and Provorov. Whatever Niskanen’s next steps are in the NHL, let’s hope he wants to stay in Philadelphia for a little while longer. 

A+ for Niskanen — not bad for his 13th season in the league. 

Emmer

The Flyers went from averaging the third-most goals against per game (3.41) and a minus-37 goal differential in 2018-19 to then tying for the seventh-fewest goals against in the league and drawing a plus-36 goal differential this season. A major key for that success was Niskanen.

Niskanen had a lasting impact throughout the regular season on special teams. Most notably, the penalty kill, which he helped improve from 78.5 percent in 2018-19 (26th in NHL) to 81.8 percent (11th in NHL). His power play minutes were also impressive as the four goals scored on the man advantage were the highest in his career.

He brought leadership to the blue line and the dressing room and was a steady presence the Flyers and his defensive partner Provorov depended on throughout the regular season.

I give Niskanen an A.

Fordyce 

Niskanen, an experienced Stanley Cup-winning defenseman, came to the Flyers via trade for Gudas from the Capitals last offseason. His addition to the team added a veteran leader to the roster as well as a possible mentor for some of the Flyers' young defensemen. In his first season with the Flyers, he did both admirably.

Niskanen’s presence on that top defense pair with Provorov allowed Provorov to open up his game more and become a better overall player. Niskanen is a smart defenseman who is rarely out of position, and this allows Provorov as his defensive partner to freelance a bit more, which is one of the strengths of his game. Niskanen also has great puck skills from the point, getting pucks toward the net by pass or shot and creating opportunities. 

No-brainer, Niskanen gets an A.

Hall

What an acquisition by Fletcher. In the Gudas-Niskanen swap, the only other hit for the Flyers was salary related — obviously taking on Niskanen's $5.75 million cap hit as well as retaining 30 percent of Gudas' $3.35 million cap hit.

Niskanen made the trade unquestionably worth it for his new club.

Not only did the 33-year-old Stanley Cup champion significantly improve the Flyers at 5-on-5, on the power play and the penalty kill, but he also did wonders for the rebound of Provorov, a 23-year-old who had far too much on his shoulders last season.

Niskanen's winning pedigree has rubbed off on everyone. With eight goals and 25 assists, he also had a chance to crack 40 points for the second time in his well-established career before the regular season was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.

A well-deserved A for Niskanen.

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