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:
Team: Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Ponomaryov is a do-it-all center who isn’t afraid to get flashy and show off his talent. There is a high level of maturity to his game at 18 years old and is more than willing to give up a shot, using his strong passing abilities to do what it takes to get his team on the board.
The center isn’t afraid to take risks, proving to be a difficult opponent to play against. He is a strong stickhandler, is quick and smart on his skates, which makes up for his lack of physicality. That being said, he’s never be afraid to stand up for himself and teammates.
As far as seasons leading up to a draft, Ponomaryov has an ideal performance from start to finish — even with curveballs thrown his way. When Cataractes teammate Mavrik Bourque went down due to an injury, it allowed Ponomaryov to prove his abilities. Even with an increased role, his game remained consistent through the course of those 14 games.
Through 57 games in 2019-20 in the QMJHL, Ponomaryov finished third in points (49) with his team — tallying 18 goals and 31 assists.
Fit for Flyers
The addition of a fearless player could prove highly beneficial for the Flyers. While always looking to improve on special teams, the kind of flashiness he possesses could elevate the power play, never knowing what tricks he could pull out.
Ponomaryov has the potential to be a strong asset in the pipeline and elevate the level of competition among other prospects.