Philadelphia Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren decided to get an early jump on the NHL off-season and traded a 2014 fourth round draft pick and Adirondack Phantoms forward Shane Harper for the rights to the New York Islanders‘ captain and defenseman Mark Streit
Mark Streit, who is a pending free agent, is expected to sign an extension with the team and become an integral part of the Flyers’ defensive core. Streit has spent the last 5 years as part of the New York Islanders organization and before that he was with the Montreal Canadiens for 3 years, he was drafted by them in 2006.
Streit, who was an All Star in 2009, will immediately become the Flyers best offensive defenseman and will also improve the Flyers’ power play. He will be the Flyers quarterback of the power play and will lessen the load for Kimmo Timonen, who recently turned 38 in March. He will also be seen as a puck moving defenseman, something they have been missing since Matt Carle left for Tampa Bay last season.
The Flyers did not have to give up much for Streit’s rights, a 2014 fourth round draft pick and right wing prospect Shane Harper. Harper, who has played with the Adirondack Phantoms since 2010, does not seem to have that great of a chance of making an impact at an NHL level and with the Flyers inability to draft outside of the first round, the draft pick could mean very little.
Once Streit is signed the Flyers will have improved their defensive core without having to trade one of their young centers, Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier. However this trade shouldn’t affect the Flyers’ draft agenda and we should still look for them to draft a defenseman in the first couple rounds.