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.
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