Wow! Really nice return. You guys did well. I went to school with Upshall from grade 2-12. He is going to be great for you guys. Perfect Flyers type player, you guys will love him. He will breakout next year with 20g+.. if he gets the chance.
Parent is exactly what you guy's need too. Great pickup, you can never have enough young D. 1st and a 4th too.. didn't think you guy's would end up with that good of return. Well done Holmgran (sp?)
We got really lucky with Ryan Parent... He is good.. Now trade Hatcher.. for anything...
Simple. A line of Eager-Richards-Upshall becomes our new third line/checking line/agitating line and it allows Downie to concentrate on playing hockey. Downie is a very skilled hockey player, so why do we want to waste that on him playing on the checking line? I'd rather we start Downie in the AHL, let him concentrate on playing good offensive hockey, then when he comes up, we try him on the winger with Carter and Umberger.
The biggest knock against Upshall right now is that he hasn't managed to stay healthy long enough to make an impact. I think a fresh start is exactly what he needs and he'll get it here in Philadelphia. And when you consider that Upshall plays the game with intensity and reckless abandon, he'll be a crowd favorite.
I'm most excited about Ryan Parent though. This is the kind of defenseman we need. We need a strong defensive defenseman who will allow guys like Pitkanen and Picard to really develop their offensive game. I liken Parent to Scott Hannan. Just a good solid defenseman who has great skating ability, can shut down the top opponents and is a leader as well.
We did really well in this deal. Who knows, we might just go really young this offseason and maybe Gomez is the player they target. After all, when they drafted Claude Giroux, Holmgren compared Giroux to Scott Gomez.
Kudos to Paul for pulling off the deal. Maybe we do have a capable GM on our hands......
We've added a first round pick, we've added a stud prospect d man to the team, and we've added a true checking forward born to wear the orange and black. I think we've just created our checking line of Eager-Richards-Upshall and we can actually allow Downie to concentrate on playing hockey.
Parent will eventually become a Scott Hannan type and with the first round pick, we can do some good things with it, especially if a team wants to deal up from the second round and they've got multiple second round picks.
I'm loving it. Now, it's time to see what we get for Hatcher.
We'll give you a bag of pucks for Hatcher if you want... he has demonstrated over and over again this year he can't play in the new NHL.
Now I'm beginning to wonder if Paul will use the Flyers first choice on a forward or if he's going to draft Alzner? As what others have mentioned, we've got lots of top end young forwards, but we don't have a whole lot on defense. With the additon of Parent and the possible addition of Alzner, to add to Bartulis, Ratchuk, Timmonen, Lehtivouri and Bodrov, it has the markings for a possible real nice blue line in the future.