2013 NHL Draft Talk Part V: Flyers own the 11th overall pick
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06-09-2013, 09:37 PM
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware
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This statement is simply not correct. The Flyers don't draft early in the first round, period. It is not an aversion to drafting defensemen early, it is the fact that they just don't pick early. They have drafted three times in the top ten since 2000. They took Pitkanen, JvR, and Couturier. Hard to argue that drafting a defenseman one third of the time that they pick in the top ten as not drafting defensemen early. Not to mention looking at the draft year with JvR there were absolutely no defensemen worthy of the number two pick.
I wanted Hamilton at the time, but I don't really think you can argue with drafting Couturier at this point. Maybe personal preference, but at this point I think Couturier has shown more than Hamilton, and I feel their ceilings are about the same.
Once again, the fact that they are picking #11 does not and will not preclude them from taking a defensemen. It doesn't guarantee they will, but to say they won't because the Flyers "do not draft defenseman early in the first round" is just inaccurate.
I understand they only had 3 picks in top 10 in last 11 years.
Of the 11--1st round picks in last 12 years, 8 were forwards and 3
In fact one year we had 2 first rounders, and both were center picks.
Overall its a 80% chance they draft a center, it is stupid.
We could actually draft a defender, its about a 20% chance as I see it.
I am sure there were other highly rated defensemen that
we could have picked by moving down a bit in the draft
instead of taking JVR. Kane was concensus #1 pick, we should have
used the 2nd pick to trade for #1 defenseman, or traded down.
We needed much Hamilton more, its a draft failure by Holmgren again!
Couturier is at this point a 3rd line center, Hamilton is a potential #1 defenseman.
The Flyers could draft a defenseman at #11 , but more likely
a center/forward will slip and they will draft him instead.
Only 3 defenseman picks in first round in last 12 years,
not likely to change this year, IMHO.
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