Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers: Signing Buy-Low Contracts On Day One

July 1st is easily the busiest day in the NHL, with free agents becoming available to sign contracts with new teams. The Flyers certainly added to that ‘busy’ conception, although not how I had initially expected.

Below I have provided stats and bios on all of the Flyers acquisitions made on July 1st.

Andy Andreoff (1 year @ $750k)

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POS: LW

Age: 28

18-19 Stats: (SYR-AHL) 75 GP-26 G-55 P-150 PIM

Career AHL Stats: 232 GP-56 G-127 P-0.55P/GP-409 PIM

Career NHL Stats: 159 GP-13 G-24 P-0.15 P/GP-214 PIM

Andreoff is a fine depth signing in my opinion. For $750k the Flyers add a grittier two-way forward that can produce in the AHL. Andreoff is unlikely to make the Flyers, although he brings some NHL experience with him that makes him a fine callup option. Nothing more to really say here, depth signing.

Kurtis Gabriel (1 year @ 700K)

POS: RW

Age: 26

18-19 Stats: (NJD) 22 GP-2 G-4 P-59 PIM-7:22 ATOI-37.1 CF%-104.5 PDO

Career NHL Stats: 38 GP-2 G-5 P-0.13 P/GP-98 PIM-6:37 ATOI-35.5 CF%-105.5 PDO

Gabriel is easily the most confusing signing of the day, as the 26 year-old is entering his prime with no real history of strong production or long-term upside. First and foremost, Gabriel is a fighter, probably known most for his fight with then-Blues prospect Vince Dunn in the hallway of a rink in the middle of a game. Gabriel was formerly a Wild prospect and thus has a history with Fletcher, which is likely why he got this deal.

You can watch the fight here:

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/jpwqg3/on-ice-ahl-brawl-continues-outside-of-locker-room

Nate Prosser (2 years @ $700k per)

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POS: RD

Age: 33

18-19 Stats: (MIN) 15 GP-0 G-0 P-2 PIM-10:13 ATOI-51.1 CF%-101.0 PDO 

Career NHL Stats: 354 GP-10 G-47 P-231 PIM- 13:45 ATOI-45.3 CF%-100.5 PDO

Prosser, another Minnesota connection, is yet another depth signing. Unlike Gabriel and Andreoff however, Prosser may spend significant time in the NHL, given that he is a right-handed defender. Prosser’s analytics are not amazing, but better than expected given his depth role. He possesses an adequate ability to move the puck (pass, rush, etc) and has nailed a solid shutdown play style. This is fine for a depth signing, especially at a league-wide weakness.

Jean-Francois Berube (1 year @$700K)

POS: G

Age: 27

18-19 Stats: (CLE-AHL) 43 GP-21 W-.896 SV%-3.01 GAA

Career AHL Stats: 168 GP-99 W-.909 SV%-2.48 GAA

Career NHL Stats: 34 GP-9 W-.898 SV%-3.39 GAA

The Berube signing was one I was initially fine with, but upon further research into his numbers, I’m a little concerned. Berube’s best AHL stats came in a 5 game stint with Bridgeport in 2016, where he posted an impressive .960 SV% and 4 wins. Moreover, his best NHL stats came in 7 games with the New York Islanders, also in 2016, where he posted a .914 SV% and 3 wins. This means that he is going to be 4 years, and 3 organizations, removed from his career best AHL and NHL numbers. Surely, with the plethora of solid free agent goaltenders out there, the Flyers signed Berube to strictly be ECHL depth, right?

Tyler Wotherspoon (2 years @ 700K per)

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POS: LD

Age: 26

18-19 Stats: (SAN-AHL) 70 GP-4 G-22 P-0.31 P/GP-28 PIM

Career AHL Stats: 355 GP-22 G-120 P-0.34 P/GP-146 PIM

Career NHL Stats: 30 GP-0 G-5 P-0.17 P/GP-4 PIM-13:36 ATOI-45.9 CF%-95.5 PDO

Wotherspoon, a former 2nd round pick of the Flames, is known for his heavy defensive play style. Much like Prosser, Wotherspoon can move the puck fairly well, although it’s not a focus of his game. At 26, Wotherspoon is about as good as he’s gonna get, a two-way depth defender with below average analytics. I think that Wotherspoon will do fine in a depth role for a few NHL games here and there, expect some solid production and playing time in the AHL.

Kyle Criscuolo (1 year @ $700k)

POS: C

Age: 27

18-19 Stats: (ROC-AHL) 43 GP-6 G-20 P-0.47 P/GP-14 PIM

Career AHL Stats: 174 GP-38 G-95 P-0.55 P/GP-62 PIM

Career NHL Stats: 9GP-0 G-0 P-47.0 CF%-88.2 PDO-8:01 ATOI-4 PIM-46.3 FO%

This signing is not exactly inspiring. Criscuolo is 2 seasons removed from a solid 34 point/ 51 game season (0.67 P/GP) with the Rochester Americans of the AHL. This past season however was less than ideal, as the New Jersey native posted just 20 points in 43 games (0/47 P/GP). At 27, this past season was really one where he needed to prove his value to the Sabres organization, who gave him a 9 game stint the year prior. Unfortunately for Criscuolo, injuries and inconsistent play hit his NHL chances fast and hard. Solid when healthy, Criscuolo certainly helps add depth to a rather weak centre core (Please God sign Marcus Johansson I’m begging you).

Chris Bigras (2 years @ $700K)

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POS: LD

Age: 24

18-19 Stats: (HFD-AHL) 52 GP-3 G-22 P-0.42 P/GP-36 PIM

Career AHL Stats: 179 GP-17 G-83 P-0.46 P/GP-103 PIM

Career NHL Stats: 46 GP-1 G-4 P-0.09 P/GP-42.7 CF%-99.6 PDO-13:31 ATOI-18 PIM

Personally, I really like this signing. I was a big fan of Bigras when he was with the Avalanche, the team that drafted him 32nd overall in 2013. The Ontario native plays a fast-paced, aggressive shut down role. Bigras has solid puck moving ability and defensive awareness that make him an interesting bet at 24. Bigras is creeping out of prospect territory and will really have to impress to earn a full time NHL spot, thus, Bigras will likely add a coveted defensive presence in Lehigh Valley.

Andy Welinski (1 year @ $750K)

POS: RD

Age: 26

18-19 Stats: (ANA) 26 GP-1 G-4 P-0.15 P/GP-49.4 CF%-98.8 PDO-16:02 ATOI-8 PIM

Career NHL Stats: 33 GP-1 G-6 P-0.18 P/GP-47.6 CF%-99.4 PDO-16:04 ATOI-8 PIM

Welinski is another solid depth signing. At 26 years old, he’s as good as he’s going to get as a depth defender. Welinski can really move the puck and has solid passing ability, which make him extremely versatile as a right-handed defenseman. There’s really not much else to say here other than that it’s a solid depth move.

Conclusion

The Flyers decided to add some much needed depth over the traditional overpayment of mediocre players, which is nice to see. I would like to see the Flyers nab a Ryan Dzingel, Marcus Johansson, or Ben Hutton on July 2nd, but with both Konecny and Provorov still unsigned it seems unlikely.

Stats and other info retrieved from www.sportsforcaster.com, www.tsn.ca, www.nhl.com, www.hockey-reference.com, www.eliteprospects.com, and www.vice.com 

Featured Image Photo Credit – Nikos Michals

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia Flyers Re-sign Brian Elliott

On June 26th, the Philadelphia Flyers and goaltender Brian Elliott reached an agreement on a new contract. With this signing, the Flyers look to open up the goaltending situation moving forward.

Is It a Good Move?

Per CapFriendly, the Flyers re-signed the 34 year-old Elliott to a 1 year, $2 million extension. The Canadian net-minder recorded a .907 SV% and a 2.96 GAA in a injury-plagued 26 game 2018-19 campaign. Initially, this deal seems like an overpayment, as Elliott struggled mightily following a midseason injury. Elliott’s struggle and injury concern led to the trade of prospect goalie Anthony Stolarz for ailing tendy Cam Talbot in February. Talbot, who seems set on signing with the Flames come July 1st, continued to struggle in limited time, with the Flyers.

Talbot is 1 of 3 UFA goalies on the Flyers roster, the others being veteran AHLer Mike McKenna and the oft-injured Michal Neuvirth. McKenna was not exactly a threat to steal an NHL spot from any other Flyers goalies, as the 36 year-old seems destined for retirement. Neuvirth, who was once a formidable opponent in the net, has struggled to stay healthy and consistent recently, and thus seems destined for either Europe or a career-rehab project.

All 3 options were significantly worse than Elliott, and thus the Flyers were kind of backed into a corner, as it is unlikely that the Flyers could add UFAs Semyon Varlamov or Sergei Brobrovsky on short term commitments.

Trade options are a topic for a whole other article, but when it is publicly known that the Florida Panthers are actively shopping James Reimer, who I consider a top bounce back candidate, and a player to buy low on, at least trying to work on deal would make sense, right?

Regardless of these hypotheticals, Elliott did accept a cheap deal that allows the Flyers to be more flexible in negotiations with key RFAs Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov as well as high-priority UFAs. Thus, Elliott’s signing is probably for the best, especially considering the expectations placed on Carter Hart.

Stats and other info retrieved from www.capfriendly.com and hockey-reference.com

Featured Image Credit: Dinur Blum

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers: Reviewing the Draft

Over this past weekend, the Philadelphia Flyers made 7 selections in the 2019 NHL entry draft, all of which I will be reviewing today. Below, I will provide profiles on each of the prospects selected, and how they compare to other notable prospects selected.

Round 1-Pick 14-D Cam York USNTDP

The Flyers kicked off the draft making a odd move, trading the 11th overall selection to Arizona for the 14th and 45th selections. The deal made sense in theory, as the Flyers gained a fairly-early 2nd round pick for moving down just 3 spots. In practice though, the deal looks rough, but before we touch on what the Yotes got and what the Flyers did not, we have to talk about Cam York.

Projected to go 12th overall to Minnesota in Kyle Periera’s mock draft, York can be described as an ideal two-way defender. York has tremendous offensive skills, which allowed the American defender to post 65 points in just 63 games with the USNTDP. York’s impressive skating skills and keen awareness combine to make a formidable defensive force. Overall, York projects to be a solid top 4 defender, and with his given skills, perfectly fits the needs of the Flyers.

That being said, the Flyers missed out on some top-10 talent when they took York ahead of Alex Newhook, Cole Caufield, Arthur Kaliyev, Peyton Krebs, and traded the pick that became Victor Soderstrom.

Newhook and Caulfield are both excellent skating forwards who posses dominant offensive skills, with Newhook being more a playmaker & Caufield being more of a sniper. Kaliyev, who I wanted the Flyers to take at 11, is a very strong offensive player who is excellent at scoring goals. Krebs, a high scoring power forward, was originally slated to go 5-10 but fell due to injury concerns.

Then there’s Soderstrom. The Swedish RHD was, in my opinion, the 2nd best defender in the draft. This is largely due to Soderstrom’s excellent skill set, as he provides a strong physical presence in the defensive zone and has solid, albeit developing, passing ability. I believe that with the right development, Soderstrom has what it takes to be a future top 2 defender, and passing on that potential is simply inexcusable.

Round 2-Pick 34-F Bobby Brink USHL

If there was a reason to not be upset about the trade with the Coyotes, it’s the Bobby Brink selection. Slated to go 17th overall by our very own Kyle Pereira, Brink fell like a rock in the draft. Although it was not easy to ensure the Flyers would get the 1st-round talent, as the Flyers first had to make another trade.

The Flyers traded the #45 pick (Egor Afanasyev) and the #65 pick (Alex Campbell) to the Nashville Predators for the 35th overall pick, which was of course, Bobby Brink.

Brink can be considered a solid combination of several top prospects, as Brink has dazzling hands like Newhook, an excellent shot like Kaliyev, and offensive awareness of Caulfield. I believe that Brink has the potential to be an excellent top-6 producer, and is a steal in the 2nd round.

At this point in the draft, Albin Grewe and Jackson LaCombe were the only other available players that I was truly interested in at pick 35.

Round 3-Pick 72-D Ronald Attard USHL

Attard is a solid bet in the 3rd round, although there are some prominent red flags. The over-aged defender dominated the USHL with 30 goals and 34 assists for 64 points in just 48 games (1.33 P/GP).

The RHD is known for his aggressive two-way game, with excellent defensive awareness (lane-blocking, interception skills) and fantastic scoring ability (can really rush the puck).

Despite the promising scoring and play style, Attard’s overage title and commitment to the NCAA make his development troubling. Flyers fans likely won’t see Attard until he is roughly 23 or 24 years of age, when he’s done his tour at West Michigan U. The Flyers also won’t know how Attard will preform at the NCAA level, therefore there is certainly a possibility that Attard will have little value before he even plays a professional hockey game.

At this point, Albin Grewe, Pavel Dorofeyev, Graeme Clark, Mikhail Vukojevic, Mikko Kokkonen, Anttoni Honka and *Deep Inhale* Ilya Konovalov were all available. All of which are great prospects, but some (Grewe, Honka, and Konovalov) have significantly higher potential than Attard.

Round 4-Pick 103-D Mason Millman OHL

Millman, in my opinion is a solid pick, especially considering the other selections made in the 4th round. The 17-year old defender is known for his slick puck moving skills and offensive awareness. oddly enough, Millman has a questionable shot that is very inconsistent in terms of strength and speed, no matter the position. Defensive reliability is almost non-existent, although Millman has good pacing and will get better with age.

Although Millman was not on my draft radar when I made my mock draft, I am fairly happy with this pick. That being said, I would have selected Oshawa’s Danil Antropov here, although he didn’t get drafted at all, so maybe I’m missing something.

Round 6-Pick 165-F Egor Serdyuk QMJHL

Serdyuk is not exactly an ideal pick here, although it’s very rare to get those in the 6th round. As a QMJHL rookie, Serdyuk impressed in terms of production, scoring 25 goals and 65 points in 63 games (1.03 P/GP), but upon further examination, he leaves a lot the be desired.

Kyle Pereira who did excellent research for me here, concluded that Serdyuk has some serious skating and pacing issues. The Russian forward also struggles at forechecking, which plays into a rather weak, evasive game. That being said, he has solid passing ability and promising offensive awareness.

Despite some apparent concerns, Serdyuk’s advanced numbers are rather great. Prospect-stats.com have a fantastic scale that displays the player’s analytics in 4 separate zones. Shown below are Serdyuk’s advanced stats, most of which are in the ‘green’ or positive zones.

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Round 6-Pick 169-G Roddy Ross WHL

Going into the draft, I never knew that Roddy Ross was a human being that existed, and exiting the draft, I was a big fan. The 18 year-old net minder made a midseason jump from the AJHL to the WHL and recorded an impressive .919 SV% and a 2.76 GAA in 25 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds. 25 games is a rather small sample size, but his stats are far from unsurprising. Earlier in the season, Ross posted a .920 SV% in 22 games in the AJHL and last season (2017-18), Ross recorded a .940 SV% in 22 games in the SMHL as a 17 year-old.

Ross’ stats are simply fantastic for a 6th round pick, and I truly believe that he is a great prospect that can cement himself as one of the best goalie prospects in the Flyers system and maybe even the league.

Round 7-Pick 196-F Bryce Brodzinski HS

The brother of LA Kings forward Johnny Brodzinski, Bryce looks like a genuinely fantastic pick in the 7th round. The 18 year-old winger posted a hysterical 76 points in 23 games as captain of Blaine County High School. Did the scoring stop there? Absolutely not! Brodzinski also recorded 17 points in just 19 games in the USHL.

Personally, I really like this pick, like, really, like this pick. Why? Well it’s pretty hard not to like a player who averages 3.30 P/GP.

Conclusion

Overall, the draft went well in my opinion. Although I feel that the the 1st round trade down & section were a missed opportunity, I also believe that the Flyers made solid selections all-around.

Stats and other info retrieved from www.eliteprospects.com, www.nhl.com, www.ohlwriters.me, www.puck77.com, www.prospectstransactions.com, and www.prospect-stats.com

Featured Image Photo Credit – Nikos Michals

 

 

 

 

 

2019 NHL Draft: Winners and Losers from Round 1

There are always teams that are perceived winners and losers on day one of the draft. No one will know who is truly and winner or loser for five years but we take a shot at picking out who made good choices and bad choices during day one.

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Winners

Colorado Avalanche (Winner of the Day)

The big winners of the day were the Colorado Avalanche. The team who absolutely robbed the Ottawa Senators in the Matt Duchene trade in November of 2017. In that trade they received a first round pick in either 2018 or 2019. When the Senators selected Brady Tkachuk last year, their 2019 first round pick went to the Avalanche. Despite finishing last in the league, the Senators lucked out and didn’t give up a top-three pick but ended up sending the fourth overall pick to Colorado.

With that pick, the Avalanche selected the clear-cut top defender in the draft, Bowen Byram. Clearly going for best player available, they continue to stack their blue line prospect pipeline. Adding the dynamic, potential number-one defender to the group that already includes Cale Makar, Sam Girard and Conor Timmins. The Avalanche blue line has the potential to be akin to the peak years of the Nashville Predators group.

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The moment that they truly jumped into winner category was when they selected high-skill center Alex Newhook. The speedy pivot was an absolute beast in the BCHL. Ranked as a top-ten prospect by many outlets and talent evaluators, Newhook’s fall to 16 in the draft was a minor shock. Colorado took advantage and solidified both their defensive core and added a future star in Newhook who slots in perfectly behind Nathan MacKinnon.

Montréal Canadiens

If it weren’t for the Avalanche arguably nabbing two top-seven prospects, the Montréal Canadiens would be the big winners. Cole Caufield‘s diminutive stature led to his fall from the top-10 down to Montréal at 15. This is a kid who can score goals. He may be just 5’7″ but he scored 72 goals last year in just 64 games, he possesses the best shot in the draft. After a year or two at the University of Wisconsin, Caufield is likely to light then league on fire with legitimate 40+ goal potential. The Canadiens stole the best goal scorer in the draft with the 15th pick.

Philadelphia Flyers

The team that couldn’t seem to make a good move in the week leading up to the draft, they made the only move at the draft. Trading back with the Arizona Coyotes, the Flyers gave up the 11th pick to move down to 14 and also acquire the 45th overall pick as well. This allowed the Philadelphia Flyers to select the defender that that wanted, USNTDP left-handed defenceman Cam York, as well as recouping an asset. The Coyotes selected the ultra-safe Victor Söderström with the 11th pick. The difference between York and Söderström isn’t so vast that trading up was necessary but the Flyers are the benefactors of the Coyotes eagerness to move up.

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Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights we’re gifted a potential number one center at 17 with the selection of Peyton Krebs. The Winnipeg ICE center is a competitor and a high skilled guy. He led a talent-poor ICE team last season and was ranked all over the top-10. Falling out of that grouping because he partially tore his Achilles’ tendon, the young center wasn’t expected to play in the NHL next season so allowing their medical staff to help through the recovery will help the 17th overall pick.

Losers

Chicago Blackhawks (Loser of the Day)

The draft started at pick number three. The Chicago Blackhawks has the choice between a future number one defender in Bowen Byram and a potential stud In the mold of Patrice Bergeron by selecting Alex Turcotte. Their selection of Kirby Dach was a head scratcher. Although he has a high ceiling, Dach has a few warts in his game. The primary wart is the fact that he plays the game at a very slow pace. He’s methodical with his pace of the game and tends to slow things down. The way Dach does this may not translate to the NHL game of speed.

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Dach has the tools to be a top-line player, whether it’s at center or possibly on the wing, and he possesses good size. His dynamic offensive upside may be equal or slighter greater than Turcotte but the floor is vastly lower. Turcotte could have been a number one pick in a different draft and passing on that could be a cause for concern for the Blackhawks.

Ottawa Senators

Lassi Thomson has a bomb from the point. You don’t take a defender this high because his shot is elite. The rest of his game, particularly in the defensive zone, needs a ton of work. His offensive skill set is good and he is able to make a good first pass but at the 19th pick they had numerous blue liners with much more well rounded and transferable games. Another factor that goes into the Ottawa Senators being a loser here is the fact that they gave up the 4th overall pick (Bowen Byram) in the Duchene trade. It was almost a certainty that they’d land here in the loser column.

Detroit Red Wings

As the president of the Moritz Seider Fan club, this hurts. Seider is an excellent defender who showed offensive skill prior to his draft year. This year he played with Mannhiem in the DEL (top German men’s league) and was asked to focus on his defensive game. He did that and excelled. He grew throughout the year, going from playing 6-9 minutes a night at the beginning of the year to playing top-pair minutes in the playoffs where Mannheim won the league title. Seider could be an outstanding defenceman in the future and the selection of him is a win for the Detroit Red Wings but taking him at 6 was a bit of a reach. Rumour has it that they almost traded down but were tipped off that other teams in the top-10 were considering Seider as well so Steve Yzerman just went and got the player he wanted.

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Tampa Bay Lightning

Calling the Tampa Bay Lightning losers is basically setting myself up for failure, I’m not the Columbus Blue Jackets after all. Their selection of Nolan Foote caused a bit of an uproar amongst Lightning fans. They wanted a goal scorer and they chose a guy who wasn’t even among the top-three available. With Arthur Kaliyev, Bobby Brink and Raphael Lavoie both still sitting on the board, Foote was a player that felt like a reach. He has a few flaws outside of his goal scoring but so does Kaliyev. Kaliyev was just a better goal scorer. It’s a shock that the Lightning took an extremely flawed goal scorer with Kaliyev available and not make the choice to select the young Hamilton Bulldog winger. Foote has the capability of being a good goal scorer but it could end up much like the OHL scoring race where he is behind Kaliyev for years to come.

Day Two, Lets Go!

While there are many winners and losers when we instantly react on day one, day two should have a boat load of talent available.

The fact that day two of the draft will feature some round one talent isn’t new. It happens every year. This year feels like there is more than normal. The forward group above is outstanding and any of them could have gone in the first round without batting an eye. The teams at the top of the second round will get some excellent talent and be the beneficiaries of some of the questionable choices of the teams in the later half of the first round. You can go back and look at the reactions of some of the team at Puck77 here on our day one live blog. Day two is upon us and we are bound to have some fun! Follow along on the day two live blog and enjoy the draft!

For more the draft, prospects and the NHL in general you can follow me here at @TheTonyFerrari

All statistics and information courtesy of Hockey Reference, the NHL, Elite Prospects and Prospect Stats.

Evaluating The Trade Between The Arizona Coyotes And Philadelphia Flyers

On the draft floor Friday night, the Arizona Coyotes chose to move up for their first round selection. The Philadelphia Flyers traded the 11th overall selection to the Arizona Coyotes for the 14th overall selection and the 45th overall selection.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes moved up to 11th overall to select Swedish defensemen Victor Söderström. Considered to be a mobile two-way defender, Söderström will help compliment a defence core that includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jakob Chychrun, with young prospects such as Pierre-Olivier Joseph and Filip Westerlund that are already knocking at the door. Having been compared to stars like Duncan Keith and Jaccob Slavin, Söderström could prove to be a steal and that seems to be what the Coyotes are thinking. Puck77’s own Niels Nielsen had Söderström ranked 8th overall as recently as April. Many hockey insiders such as Bob McKenzie and Cam Robinson had him around 14th overall in their final rankings. It is possible Söderström would have slipped to the Coyotes with the 14th overall pick, but that appears to be a risk that John Chayka and the Coyotes were unwilling to take.

Philadelphia Flyers

With the 14th selection, the Philadelphia Flyers opted to select defensemen Cameron York. From Anaheim, California, York is a smaller defensemen that plays a steady game. Compared to Mark Giordano and Zach Werenski, York adds to a young defence core in Philadelphia that already includes the likes of Ivan Provorov, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Travis Sanheim. This pick seems to be roughly where York was expected to go. York was the 12th ranked North American skater coming in. York ranked 18th in Bob McKenzie’s final rankings, and Sportsnet’s Sam Costentino had him going 18th in his mock draft.

Smart Idea To Trade Up?

Ultimately, these two teams perhaps jumped on these players a few picks earlier than they were expected to go, but that is what allowed this trade to happen. Both Coyotes’ general manager John Chayka and Flyers’ general manager Chuck Fletcher knew they had their guys, and it was probably a smart idea for both guys to ensure they got the players they wanted.

Of course, the full ramifications of the trade won’t be apparent for years to come. We won’t even know for sure who the Flyers select with the other pick they acquired until Saturday afternoon.

But, there have been plenty of deals over the years of teams trading up to acquire a player that work out in interesting ways. In 2011, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded up to 22nd overall (selected Tyler Biggs). In exchange, the Anaheim Ducks acquired the 30th overall pick (selected Rickard Rakell) and 39th overall (selected John Gibson). Clearly a fortuitous move for the Anaheim Ducks in hindsight. In 2014, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired the 20th overall pick (selected Nick Schmaltz) and the 179th overall pick (selected Ivan Nalimov) from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the 27th overall pick (selected Nikolay Goldobin) and the 62nd overall pick which was later traded to Nashville.

These draft floor trades seem like small decisions at the time, but ultimately can provide a big impact for these teams moving forward.

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