Chaos erupted Sunday and well into Monday in Philadelphia after the Flyers selected defenseman Sam Morin with the 11th pick in the NHL draft.
“They did something right.” said Jim Bean, lifelong Flyers fan who attended the clinching game for the Flyers first Stanley Cup. “I just don’t believe it. It makes me outraged and want to throw stuff at things. I’m truly shocked and confused.”
Lacking size on the blue line, Paul Holmgren and the Flyers front office decided on Morin instead of trading up or down in the draft, making what many say was the safe choice, though somewhat surprising. Morin is 6’6” weighing at 203 lbs and is only 17 years old. He’s a defensive defenseman who can skate and pass the puck with precision, and has a lot of upside. This leaves Joe Raviloi of Havertown extremely upset. “I wanted a trade. I wanted them to trade someone or something regardless of what it was. Trade down for Wayne Gretzky. Trade up and give them Claude Giroux. Trade for a bag of meatballs. I don’t care. Just do something!” Chip Skylark had similar thoughts as Joe, saying “All my life I counted on the Flyers to do something drastic and unnecessary. It’s expected. And what they did on Sunday was an absolute outrage. That is not the Flyers I know. My team would have drafted a forward. or even traded our Captain just to draft someone compared to our captain. I don’t know if I can put on the orange and black again after this. This one hurts.”
This is the first time the Flyers have drafted a defenseman in the first round since 2008 when they selected Luca Sbisa. Realizing the travesty of what they had done, they traded him shortly after to Anaheim.
Flyers fans hope that the free agency period will bring about better decisions on personnel, and certainly hope they don’t pull a stunt like this again.
Clark Skillington summed it up best, saying “If the Flyers develop this Morin kid into a homegrown defenseman, I’ve given up all hope on the Flyers organization. Next they’ll sign a talented Russian who can score 70 goals a year or something. I just really hope they overpay for another goalie again this off season. When that happens, all will be right in the world.”
(All names and quotes are used in a fictitious manner and are not meant to be portrayed as an actual quote from a real person)