2019 NHL draft profile: Kirby Dach, a can't-miss playmaker

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2019 NHL draft profile: Kirby Dach, a can't-miss playmaker

The 2019 NHL entry draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick and eight selections in total (see story).

"This draft's a little unique," Flahr said last week. "Especially in the top 15, there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting — some power wingers, some smaller scoring wingers, some centermen, there's a number of D, a goaltender.

"We've identified probably five or six guys that we think have a chance to be there at 11 and probably some of the other teams in front of us will dictate that. But we're really confident we're going to get a good player."

This week, we are breaking down options for the Flyers at No. 11.

Kirby Dach

Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 198
Shoots: Right
Team: Saskatoon

Scouting report

There's just so much to like about Dach.

He's 6-foot-4, smart, smooth and makes plays. A pass-first guy, Dach scored 73 points (25 goals, 48 assists) in 62 regular-season games for the WHL's Blades.

Impressively, he is the NHL Central Scouting's third-ranked North American skater behind only Jack Hughes and Bowen Byram.

Here's a glimpse into his playmaking:


Fit with Flyers

The question is will Dach drop to the Flyers at No. 11 overall? The chances aren't great, but after Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, anything could happen in this draft.

TSN's Craig Button has Dach as the 12th-best player in the draft, while others pin him as a top-five talent.

If Dach is available, the Flyers should take him. Flahr mentioned how difficult it is to find centers and Dach would be a can't-miss guy at No. 11.

More on the 2019 NHL draft

• Flyers take one of draft's best D-men in this 1st-round mock

• Trading No. 11 pick? Draft dynamic? That and more here

• Top 10 draft picks in Flyers history

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2019 NHL draft profile: Victor Soderstrom may be the Flyers' pick at No. 11

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2019 NHL draft profile: Victor Soderstrom may be the Flyers' pick at No. 11

The 2019 NHL entry draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick and eight selections in total (see story).

"This draft's a little unique," Flahr said last week. "Especially in the top 15, there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting — some power wingers, some smaller scoring wingers, some centermen, there's a number of D, a goaltender.

"We've identified probably five or six guys that we think have a chance to be there at 11 and probably some of the other teams in front of us will dictate that. But we're really confident we're going to get a good player."

This week, we are breaking down options for the Flyers at No. 11.

Victor Soderstrom

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 182
Shoots: Right
Team: Brynas

Scouting report

The Swedish product is regarded by many as a top-two or- three defenseman in this class. TSN's Bob McKenzie believes Soderstrom is the second-best defenseman in the draft, while NHL Central Scouting has him ranked as the third-best European skater.

Soderstrom turned 18 years old on Feb. 26 and played 44 games in the Swedish Elite League against grown men. He is a mature, modern defenseman who is excellent at moving the puck and dictating pace.

The Flyers' scouting staff is familiar with Brynas, a program the team has drafted out of in recent history, including a 2014 fifth-round selection of Oskar Lindblom. Over the past five drafts, the Flyers have taken four Brynas products.

Fit with Flyers

This may be the Flyers' guy.

The early first round is top-heavy with forwards, which will result in some of the top blueliners being within range of the Flyers at No. 11 overall. The Flyers will draft the best available player at that selection, but Flahr mentioned how the club wants to restock a bit on defense throughout this draft.

"We have a couple of defensemen in our top 10 that we like," Flahr said.

The Flyers haven't drafted a defenseman in the first round since Ivan Provorov (2015) and Soderstrom fits the Flyers' criteria of blueliners.

More on the 2019 NHL draft

• Flyers take one of draft's best D-men in this 1st-round mock

• Trading No. 11 pick? Draft dynamic? That and more here

• Top 10 draft picks in Flyers history

• Lavoie's skill, size and ridiculous run should have Flyers' eyes at No. 11

• Is a 51-goal, 102-point prospect slipping to Flyers at No. 11?

• Could 72-goal scorer who broke Auston Matthews record drop to Flyers?

• Flyers could have shot to draft 'elite' skating, 6-foot-3 defenseman

• Flyers like 'unique' winger Boldy as option for No. 11 overall pick

• Impressive playmaking center Krebs could be there for Flyers at No. 11

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

2019 NHL draft profile: Raphael Lavoie's QMJHL playoff run has everyone's attention

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2019 NHL draft profile: Raphael Lavoie's QMJHL playoff run has everyone's attention

The 2019 NHL entry draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick and eight selections in total.

"This draft's a little unique," Flahr said last week. "Especially in the top 15, there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting — some power wingers, some smaller scoring wingers, some centermen, there's a number of D, a goaltender.

"We've identified probably five or six guys that we think have a chance to be there at 11 and probably some of the other teams in front of us will dictate that. But we're really confident we're going to get a good player."

This week, we are breaking down options for the Flyers at No. 11.

Raphael Lavoie

Position: Center/winger
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 199
Shoots: Right
Team: Halifax

Scouting report

How good can Lavoie be when it's all clicking? Just look at his run through the QMJHL playoffs.

Lavoie took his game to another level, scoring 20 goals in 23 postseason games after netting 32 in 62 regular-season games for the Mooseheads.

According to NHL Central Scouting, the 6-foot-4, 199-pound Lavoie models his game after Ryan Getzlaf, who is 6-foot-4, 225 pounds.

"He's a goal-scorer, bigger body," Flahr said. "Needs to round out his game a little bit, he had some consistency issues maybe. But he was really good in the playoffs when it matters most. He shouldn't have to wait long."

Here's a little taste of Lavoie's skill and ability:


Fit with Flyers

Fletcher has noted size a decent number of times this offseason. Lavoie is not lacking in that area and his positional versatility is a nice draw to NHL teams.

While his production during the playoffs boosted his stock, teams will look at the whole package. NHL Central Scouting has Lavoie rated as the 20th-best North American skater, while TSN's Craig Button ranked him as the 17th-best player in the entire draft.

He's expected to be available for the Flyers at No. 11 overall and the club is always looking for natural goal-scorers.

More on the 2019 NHL draft

• Flyers take one of draft's best D-men in this 1st-round mock

• Trading No. 11 pick? Draft dynamic? That and more here

Is a 51-goal, 102-point prospect slipping to Flyers at No. 11?

Could 72-goal scorer who broke Auston Matthews record drop to Flyers?

Flyers could have shot to draft 'elite' skating, 6-foot-3 defenseman

• Flyers like 'unique' winger Boldy as option for No. 11 overall pick

• Impressive playmaking center Krebs could be there for Flyers at No. 11