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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

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2019 NHL draft: 5 players in combine who might interest Flyers at No. 11

2019 NHL draft: 5 players in combine who might interest Flyers at No. 11

The 2019 NHL Scouting Combine has been underway in Buffalo, New York, this week and runs through Saturday.

General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the scouting staff will continue doing their homework leading up to the June 21-22 draft in which the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick.

Let's take a look at five players participating in the combine who might interest the Flyers at No. 11:

Victor Soderstrom, D, 5-11/179, Brynas (SHL)

One of the better blueliners in the draft, Soderstrom is known as a smooth and skilled player with the all-around package. The NHL Central Scouting's third-ranked European skater played 44 games this season in the competitive Swedish Elite League.

The Flyers have drafted four forwards in the first round over the past two drafts and haven't selected a defenseman in the first round since Ivan Provorov in 2015, so replenishing the position will be important. The Flyers also have a recent track record of drafting Brynas products.

Cole Caufield, RW, 5-7/162, USA U-18 (NTDP)

Yes, those are Caufield's correct measurements. While he's tiny, he can flat-out score the puck. In 64 games this season with the U.S. national U-18 team, Caufield went off for 72 goals and 100 points. He has a big-time shot and adeptly uses his size.

In 2018, the Flyers drafted two players (Joel Farabee, Gavin Hain) out of the U.S. national team development program. The club has added more size into the pipeline, so snatching a smaller winger shouldn't be a problem.

Next season, Caufield will play at the University of Wisconsin, joining Flyers prospect Wyatt Kalynuk, a junior with the Badgers.

Peyton Krebs, C, 5-11/180, Kootenay (WHL)

The Flyers have always liked versatile centers and Krebs is one. The WHL product is elusive, makes plays and sees the ice. He does a lot for the ICE, who went 13-45-10 this season. He scored 68 points (19 goals, 49 assists) in 64 regular-season games during 2018-19 and had a strong U-18 IIHF World Junior Championship performance, scoring 10 points (six goals, four assists) in seven games for Canada.

Interestingly, his head coach with the ICE is James Patrick, the uncle of Flyers center Nolan Patrick.

Thomas Harley, D, 6-3/188, Mississauga (OHL)

A defenseman that possesses quality size, length and upside, Harley had the fourth-most assists among OHL defensemen this season with 47, to go along with 11 goals over 68 games.

He turns 18 on Aug. 19 and is the 11th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.

Philip Broberg, D, 6-3/199, AIK (Allsvenskan)

Broberg is a Swedish blueliner with elite skating ability and excellent size. He moves the puck up the ice like a forward and has played against strong competition.

NHL Central Scouting had Broberg third in its midterm marks for European skaters before slotting him fifth in the final rankings.

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