The Flyers' 2019 NHL draft is in the books.
General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the Flyers entered the draft with eight picks and finished with seven. In a trade Friday night, the Flyers gained a second-round selection. In a trade Saturday afternoon, they lost one of their two third-round spots. Then, in the seventh round, the Flyers dealt their final pick to the Canadiens in exchange for a 2020 seventh-rounder.
So how did Fletcher and Flahr do in their first draft with the Flyers? Let's recap the team's work in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Analysis: York is a threat whenever the puck is on his stick, which is often given his skill set. He set a USNTDP single-season record with 65 points in 63 games.
Quotable: "He's put up big numbers offensively. He's a talented guy and projects to be a very good defenseman for a long time." - Flahr
Analysis: Not the fastest or biggest, but can flat-out score. Considered a first-round talent by many draft experts, Brink was the 2018-19 USHL Forward of the Year.
Quotable: "He's extremely smart, highly skilled, very competitive. He picked apart the USHL league, which is hard to score in; coming right out of high school and dominated." - Flahr
Analysis: Took a crazy jump in 2018-19, earning USHL Player of the Year. Attard scored 30 goals — yes, as a defenseman — after totaling just 15 points in 2017-18.
Quotable: "It stands out no matter what level you're at when you're a defenseman. You score 30 goals, that's certainly an asset. We don't even necessarily project him as an offensive defenseman. He's a big body, he's physical, he has a mean streak." - Flahr
Analysis: Smart, only 17 years old and was a plus-22 in his first OHL season.
Quotable: "Millman in the fourth, a defenseman two of our Ontario guys felt strongly about, that he has upside." - Flahr
Analysis: Led all QMJHL rookies with 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists) in 63 games.
Quotable: "He has a good skill set, he has a nose for the net, he can score and his skating is fine. He needs to get stronger, he's going to have to learn to play away from the puck, but you can't teach his offensive tools." - Flahr
Analysis: Amateur scout Mark Greig and goaltender development coach Brady Robinson pushed hard for Ross, who was the 17th goalie taken in the draft.
Quotable: "He's a guy that came on the scene late. He's a big kid, he's got to grow into his body. He played very well down the stretch on an average team where he faced a lot of shots. He battled and Brady thinks he has pretty good fundamentals." - Flahr
Analysis: A high schooler with rich hockey bloodlines headed to the University of Minnesota.
Quotable: "When my brothers told me that they were better than me at something, I would work super hard at it when they weren’t looking." - Brodzinski, via David La Vaque of the Star Tribune
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