Have the Flyers Turned the Page on Drafting and Developing Homegrown Defensemen?
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07-08-2013, 09:24 AM
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Meltzer: Are Flyers Finally Turning the Corner in Defense Development?
Looks like Bill has weighed in on this very topic I raised
Much has been made of the Philadelphia Flyers' inability to draft and develop their own defenseman. Many folks, including yours truly, have criticized the organization's lack of patience in overseeing young defensemen through their learning curves and living through the inevitable growing pains that can last as long as three to five years.
The Flyers' record in drafting and developing homegrown defensemen, both historically and recently, is a tough one to defend. Even so, there rays of hope for the future and some signs that the organization has already started to take strides on the development end.
While some folks were underwhelmed with the pool of players Philadelphia chose at the 2013 NHL Draft, starting with huge but raw defenseman Samuel Morin, there is a flip side of the coin that is worth examining. The Flyers have selected eight defensemen over the last two NHL Drafts and have actually begun to build up a decent pool of potential future pros.
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