Im not to familiar with the upcoming draft class so I cant comment on that, but I will say that I like this brendan ranford kid in our system that plays in the WHL. He has 86 points in 67 games on a pretty bad team. I know some people question his skating but I think he could be a player someday.
This is nothing new, Homer has always built the team through FA and trades. And he's damn good at it too.
Recent Holmgren 1st picks:
2010- Michael Chaput, 3rd round, 89th overall (No longer with organization)
2009- Adam Morrison, 3rd round, 81st overall
2008- Luca Sbisa, 1st round, 18th overall (traded in package for Pronger)
2007- James van Riemsdyk, 1st round 2nd overall
Obviously what the organization needs is a blue chip winger scoring winger, a type of player that's extremely hard to come by in the 3rd round (unless your Ken Holland). Of course you can argue the Flyers have Ranford whose breaking out in a big way right now, but it's still so early to tell with him. Especially if his issues with overall effort and skating are as big as what I've heard
You never know though, Holmgren could opt to pick the best player he thinks is available at that point, or he could go with the typical "project" pick in the 3rd and go by org. needs. Who knows? . The team has a ton of depth in the system because of all those later picks.
Lucky for the Flyers they have such a deep- and decently young team that this isn't a huge issue right now and in the forseeable future.
The big problem is I could see both Gustafsson and Wellwood stepping into the lineup next year to replace FAs and then the only player with a remote chance of making the team within the next few years is Eriksson.
You never know what will happen with Paul. We could very well trade someone in the off-season if we cannot get a deal with them. Look at Umberger. All I know is that Paul only cares about making the Flyers a better team and not winning championships with our ahl team. He will give up a couple prospects to get a good player already in the nhl.
A couple guys that I like that would probably be available at that spot: Dillon Simpson(D, North Dakota, 26GM 2G 7A), Joseph Labate(C, Holy Angels HS, 26GM 29G, 23A), Adam Lowry(LW, Swift Current, 61GM, 17G, 22A), and Joel Edmundson(D, Moose Jaw, 66GM, 2G, 19A)
The appealing thing about Labate is that he's 6'4" and is willing to use his size.
Having a poor system is a result of our "going all in" mentality. We are one of the top teams in the NHL, the draft is not a concern.
I agree with you. Really unless you want to be the worst team in the league for three or four years Homer is doing it best. Do you think for a minute Ed Snider would want the Flyers to be bottom feeders for a extended period of time? Let alone the fan base.
So now that it looks like Bob is at least going to be the guy for the foreseeable future (maybe not a franchise guy, but at least for the next few years depending on how he performs throughout the remainder of his contract) I could see Homer trading a guy like Eriksson come draft day. Not sure what kind of value he really has though. Does anyone have an idea of what prospect goalies command? Higher than the third we already have?