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Flyers to face Islanders 4 times in 2018-19 preseason

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Flyers to face Islanders 4 times in 2018-19 preseason

The Flyers are going to get pretty familiar with the New York Islanders this September.

The team released its preseason schedule Friday, which includes eight games, four against the Islanders, with the first matchup on Sep. 16 at 1 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum. The Bruins (two games) and the Rangers (three games) are the Flyers' other preseason opponents. 

Those same three opponents also comprised the entirety of the Flyers' preseason slate last season.

A matchup vs. the Islanders on Sep. 17 at 7 p.m. will be the Flyers' first game at the Wells Fargo Center since their 8-5 loss on April 22 in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs to the Penguins.

The full preseason schedule is below.

Sunday, Sept. 16: Flyers-Islanders at Nassau Coliseum — 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 17: Flyers-Islanders at Wells Fargo Center — 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Flyers-Islanders at Barclays Center — 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Flyers-Rangers at Madison Square Garden — 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21: Flyers-Islanders at PPL Center — 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 24: Flyers-Bruins at Wells Fargo Center — 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Flyers-Rangers at Wells Fargo Center — 7 p.m.

Sautrday, Sept. 29: Flyers-Bruins at TD Garden — 7 p.m.

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2018 NHL draft profile: Dominik Bokk, a RW who could bring pure scoring to Flyers' system

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2018 NHL draft profile: Dominik Bokk, a RW who could bring pure scoring to Flyers' system

In the weeks leading up to the 2018 NHL draft, we're providing prospect profiles and how those players would fit with the Flyers, who have two first-round picks — Nos. 14 and 19.

The NHL draft takes place June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Flyers have nine picks with two in the first, fifth and seventh rounds and one in the second, fourth and sixth. They do not own a third-rounder as it went to the Detroit Red Wings for Petr Mrazek. The 14th pick conveyed from the Brayden Schenn trade. The final details were Schenn to the St. Louis Blues for Jori Lehtera, a 2017 first-round pick (Morgan Frost) and the 14th pick.

Our prospect profiles will touch mostly on prospects projected to go in the 10-20 range but some may require the Flyers having to trade up to select. We’ll identify those prospects.

Dominik Bokk

Position: Right winger 
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 176
Shoots: Right
Team: Växjö (SHL)

Scouting report
The German-born Bokk will undoubtedly draw comparisons to fellow countryman Leon Draisaitl, but the Edmonton Oilers' forward was clearly much further along in his development as the third overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Bokk is a highly skilled prospect who loves to create in the open ice. He dominated Sweden’s highest junior hockey league, scoring 41 points in 35 games and then spent time with Växjö in the Swedish Elite League.  

The book on Bokk is that he’s a player with very high offensive upside. I really like the way the puck comes off his stick and he’s very accurate with his snapshot. He doesn’t have top-end, explosive speed, but when he senses the open ice, he finds that extra gear in his acceleration. Not too many defensemen I watched can handle a player like Bokk 1-on-1 where there’s room to operate.

Then again, Bokk hasn’t played against high-end blueliners.

He doesn’t play with much physicality and his development is still in the early stages, but Bokk is a very intriguing prospect and a player with good size (6-1, 176) who can still fill out his frame. The team that drafts him will have to exercise a great deal of patience in his development. 

Bokk may want to consider bringing his game to the smaller North American rink next season where the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League currently own his rights. Can he maneuver and score in tight spaces? Playing a season or two in major junior will help.

Fit with Flyers
General manager Ron Hextall talked about the need to add more pure scorers within the organization and Bokk appears to have that goal-scorer’s mentality. Bokk isn’t a natural center who the Flyers can integrate into a winger, so it could be a stretch for the Flyers to grab a player like Bokk this high.

I think Bokk has the versatility to play either wing position and looks more comfortable on the right side.

He’s another “tweener” in that I think he’s a reach for the Flyers with one of their two first-round picks, but he’s too highly rated to where he won’t be available when the Flyers make their second-round selection. 

If the right deal is available, the Flyers could take Bokk late in the first round or early second while picking up additional picks.

More on the 2018 NHL draft

Profile: Noah Dobson

• Profile: Rasmus Kupari

• Profile: Martin Kaut

• Profile: Grigori Denisenko

• Profile: Jesperi Kotkaniemi

• Profile: Serron Noel

• Profile: Joel Farabee

• Profile: Barrett Hayton

• Profile: Isac Lundestrom

• Profile: Joseph Veleno

• Profile: Vitali Kravtso

Ron Hextall doesn't plan on trading up, but if right player is there ...

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Ron Hextall doesn't plan on trading up, but if right player is there ...

VOORHEES, N.J. — When it comes to the 2018 NHL draft class, you have the bright shiny red sports car on the showroom floor and then you have the remaining inventory scattered around the lot.

That’s not to minimize the skill level of this year’s draft pool, but there’s clearly one franchise player in defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, expected to be the No. 1 overall choice of the Buffalo Sabres, and then the next tier of talent.

General manager Ron Hextall and his scouting department have been discussing and evaluating just how far does that next level extend.

Two through five? Two through 10? 

“Everybody views it different,” Hextall said Thursday. “I don’t want to disclose it for obvious reasons, but some people view it as eight or 10 really good players should go off the board in some semblance of that order.” 

Right now, that second overall pick doesn’t have a clear-cut No. 2 player — which wasn't the case last year when the Flyers chose Nolan Patrick. The Carolina Hurricanes have been open to offers for the second overall selection

In all likelihood, with the 14th and 19th overall picks, Hextall would have to package together a trade to grab one of those next-level prospects. The Flyers' GM won’t hesitate to pull the trigger if it’s a player he covets, like in 2014, when he made a play for defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who was taken No. 1 by the Florida Panthers.

Ekblad possesses the rare blend of size and skill with the luxury of being a right-handed shot, a rarity in today’s NHL where blueliners are predominantly left-handed shots.

“Yeah, me and 30 other GMs,” Hextall said of the need for a right-handed defenseman. “When you look at the hockey world, it’s a weakness in the whole chink of armor there, so, yeah, we’d love to have one.”

Looking at the top 10 prospects in this year’s class, a handful of right-handed blueliners stand out: London Knights' Evan Bouchard (6-2, 192), Acadie-Bathurst’s Noah Dobson (6-3, 176), who just recently won a Memorial Cup with Flyers prospect German Rubtsov, and Sweden’s Adam Boqvist (5-11, 170).

“We tend to go by our lists,” Hextall said. “We’re not going to take our list and go down (and pass better players) to find a right-handed-shooting defenseman. Maybe you move down where you think you’re going to get a guy and maybe you do that. I’m not going to jump 10 guys on our list to draft a right-shot defenseman.”

Right now, Hextall doesn’t believe that will happen and instead will take aim at drafting twice in the first round for the third time in four years.

“I anticipate right now making our picks,” Hextall said. ”Certainly, we would move up if a great deal was there. We’d look at moving back if the right deal was there too. It’s really hard to project or predict.

“I think there’s a point in this draft where a certain pick may not be different than one 20 picks back. It’s probably a fairly typical draft. Everyone views things different and certainly there’s guys that we like.” 

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