Research, film study, interviews, scouting reports; a lot goes into preparing for the NHL Entry Draft. And no matter what, you have busts (Pat Falloon – 2nd overall 1991, Alexander Daigle – 1st overall 1993) and you have late round gems (Pavel Datsyuk - 171st overall 1998).
This year, because of various trades, the Flyers don’t have any picks until the third round. With that pick, they took Michael Chaput, a center from the Lewiston Maineiacs of he QMJHL. With a team so deep a center, it could be a while until he cracks the big club. Maybe they’ll shift him over to wing, like they do with a lot of players. I’ve never heard of this guy, so I can’t tell you anything about him. So instead, I’ll review some of the latest 3rd rounds picks the Flyers have made.
- Adam Morrison - Still hasn’t played for the Flyers. Has a good name, might become successful.
- Simon Bertilsson - A defenseman currently playing in the Swedish Elite League. Too early to tell if this was a good pick.
- Marc-Andre Bourdon - Playing in the AHL, haven’t heard anything about how ready he is.
- Jacob Deserres - Goalie, and another player who hasn’t been called up yet. This isn’t looking good so far.
- Garrett Klotz – Never heard of this guy either. Plays for the Phantom’s, barely scores.
- Jonathan Matsumoto – The Flyers saw him play, liked him, drafted him, and assigned him to the Phantom’s. Now, he plays for the Hurricanes. Awesome.
Ok, this is going nowhere. Going back to 2000, the only good player we’ve drafted in Round 3 was in 2001 – Patrick Sharp. A player that took a while to get started, he’s now a pretty good sniper. He played a key role in winning the Stanley Cup this past season. Too bad that he’s now on Chicago, and that title was won against us. D’oh!
So, while some teams build through the draft, it’s pretty unlikely that we’ll be getting much help from the lower ranks this year.
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