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Recapping the Flyers' 2018 NHL draft class

Recapping the Flyers' 2018 NHL draft class

While the weekend felt rather subdued to Ron Hextall (see story), the Flyers still made some history of their own at the 2018 NHL draft.

The Flyers entered with nine picks and ended up making eight — none of which were used on a Canadian player, a first in the organization's history. 

Over the two-day draft, which wrapped up Saturday, the Flyers selected five American players and three Swedish players.

Let's recap the Flyers' work in Dallas:

First round, No. 14: Joel Farabee, 6-0/164, LW

Analysis: A legitimate two-way winger with a big shot and scoring mentality.

Quotable: "He's got speed. He's got skill. He can score. He's a good player and he has size in his family, so I still think there's a chance he can grow." - Hextall

First round, No. 19: Jay O'Brien, 5-11/176, C

Analysis: Some may view it as a reach, but the Flyers love O'Brien's makeup and ability.

Quotable: "He just has the traits of a hockey player. Just his timing of passes, when to shoot, when to pass. He's a really smart hockey player. He's competitive. He's strong. He's got a little agitator in him." - Hextall

Second round, No. 50: Adam Ginning, 6-4/206, D

Analysis: A stay-at-home defenseman with toughness and size.

Quotable: "We like his size. We like his upside. He’s a big guy and he moves pretty well for a big guy. He’s got solid puck skills and he has the range we need for a solid defensive defenseman." - Hextall

Fourth round, No. 112: John St. Ivany, 6-2/198, D

Analysis: A right-handed shot blueliner the Flyers wanted.

Quotable: "Good size, moves well. Kind of one of those steady-Eddie types of guys, solid with the puck. He was a good fit for our group." - Hextall

Fifth round, No. 127: Wyatte Wylie, 6-0/190, D

Analysis: Another righty blueliner that saw his draft stock shoot up in the second half of his junior season.

Quotable: "I like to describe myself as a two-way defenseman, one that can move pucks up and likes to join the play." - Wylie

Fifth round, No. 143: Samuel Ersson, 6-2/176, G

Analysis: The Flyers were not going to chase a goalie but liked the ceiling here.

Quotable: "We think there’s some upside there that hasn’t been tapped yet. We got him a lot later. Had we needed a goalie, we would have taken him a lot earlier." - Hextall

Sixth round, No. 174: Gavin Hain, 5-11/193, C

Analysis: A teammate of Farabee with bottom-six potential.

Quotable: "The NTDP itself is a hard-grooming place to play as a player, but it’s a great spot to develop." - Hain

Seventh round, No. 205: Marcus Westfalt, 6-3/203, C/LW

Analysis: An Oskar Lindblom-type prospect? Westfalt has some traits to like.

Quotable: "I like the mix that we got — three D, four forwards, a goalie. I like the mix, I like the fits. We got some good players. We got some skill up front. We got some guys in the back that complement our group with some size, some steady guys." - Hextall

More on the 2018 NHL draft

• Flyers' draft shows big year for USA Hockey

• Hextall surprised by Flyers' quiet draft weekend

• With O'Brien, Hextall shows he's 'never' one to be safe

• With Philly ties, Farabee can't wait to help Flyers

• Samuelsson continues family's NHL tradition

Flyers draft Marcus Westfalt with 205th overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

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Flyers draft Marcus Westfalt with 205th overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

The Flyers brought a close to their 2018 NHL draft class by taking forward Marcus Westfalt in the seventh round Saturday with the 205th overall pick.

The 18-year-old became the third Swedish player drafted by the Flyers. In 2017-18, Westfalt was a teammate of Samuel Ersson, a goalie the Flyers drafted two rounds prior (see story).

Westfalt scored at more than a point-per-game clip playing Swedish junior hockey for Brynäs IF J20. He recorded 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 26 regular-season games while posting a plus-19 rating. Westfalt also played 39 SHL games, eight of which came in the postseason, for Brynäs, the former club of Flyers winger Oskar Lindblom. Westfalt had four points (one goal, three assists) over that stretch.

Like Westfalt, Lindblom was also a late-round pick, going in the fifth during the 2015 draft. He then turned himself into one of the organization's prized forward prospects before playing 23 games for the Flyers in 2017-18, to go along with four playoff contests.

Westfalt, at 6-foot-3 and 203 pounds, has similar size to Lindblom, who is 6-foot-1, 191 pounds.

The Flyers entered the draft with nine picks. They ended up making eight of those picks, trading the 190th selection to the Canadiens for a 2019 seventh-round pick.

More on the 2018 NHL draft

• Flyers' draft shows big year for USA Hockey

• Hextall surprised by Flyers' quiet draft weekend

• With O'Brien, Hextall shows he's 'never' one to be safe

• With Philly ties, Farabee can't wait to help Flyers

• Samuelsson continues family's NHL tradition

Flyers draft Samuel Ersson with 143rd overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

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Flyers draft Samuel Ersson with 143rd overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

So the Flyers snared a goalie after all.

The one position general manager Ron Hextall wasn't certain to touch became addressed in the fifth round of Saturday's 2018 NHL draft. With the 143rd overall pick, the Flyers selected Samuel Ersson, a Swedish netminder.

The 18-year-old was the seventh-ranked European goalie by NHL Central Scouting and possesses nice size at 6-foot-2, 176 pounds.

Playing Swedish junior hockey last season, Ersson posted a 2.53 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 40 games for Brynäs IF J20. He also appeared in one SHL contest for Brynäs IF — Oskar Lindblom's former club.

Ersson joins fellow Swede Felix Sandstrom in the Flyers' system stocked with goalies, including Carter Hart, Alex Lyon, Anthony Stolarz, Kirill Ustimenko and Matej Tomek.

More on the 2018 NHL draft

• Flyers' draft shows big year for USA Hockey

• Hextall surprised by Flyers' quiet draft weekend

• With O'Brien, Hextall shows he's 'never' one to be safe

• With Philly ties, Farabee can't wait to help Flyers

• Samuelsson continues family's NHL tradition