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.
Right here, we look at a prospect that the Flyers shouldn't ignore if his name is still on the board in the second round.
Team: U.S. national team development program (2019-20)/Quinnipiac (2020-21)
The 18-year-old from Colorado possesses a powerful combination of strong work ethic and raw talent, while still having room for improvement. Smilanic has the ability to instantly elevate his team’s talent when he hits the ice and is one of the more fluid players on the roster.
Adam Kimelman for NHL.com noted that, “Smilanic works hard in all three zones and has developed a powerful shot he’s able to get off from anywhere in the offensive zone.”
After having an injury-riddled season this past year and with the NHL combine being cancelled, there’s a high possibility he goes after the first round.
Fit with Flyers
There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding Nolan Patrick and his status when it comes to getting back in the game. With no definite timetable for his return, it may be smart to build up center depth. Outside of Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes, the bottom two lines could be a toss up down the middle.
While it would have been beneficial to see Smilanic at his full potential in his final season before entering the draft, this opens up the opportunity to possibly selecting him in the second round.
As one of the most solid forwards from the U.S national U-18 team, he would be an excellent addition to the pipeline within the Flyers' organization.