It usually takes 3-5 years until one can adequately judge the success of an NHL Draft. With the exception of first round picks, and sometimes second round picks, it takes time to evaluate how a team performed at an individual draft. Well, it has been a year and a half since the 2012 Draft, but all signs are pointing up for the prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers made seven selections in the 2012 Draft. They had two fourth round picks and no sixth round pick. Of those seven, six are eligible to play in the World Junior Championships that start this month. Their third round selection, Shayne Gostisbehere, is 20 years old and thus is ineligible for the tournament. Of the remaining six, four have been invited to their respective countries roster selection camp.
On Monday, Team Canada released their camp roster. The Flyers first round selection in 2012, Scott Laughton, and one of their fourth round picks, Taylor Leier, were both on the list of forwards. Both are tearing it up in their respective leagues this season and stand a good shot at making the team (Laughton is a virtual lock). Broad Street Buzz covered the Canadian announcement in detail here.
On Tuesday, Team USA released their camp roster. Among the three goalies invited is the Flyers second round selection in 2012, Anthony Stolarz. Stolarz is having a great season for the London Knights of the OHL and is the best goalie prospect in the Flyers system. This year he is 17-3-1 with a SV% of .930 and a GAA of 2.38. Some believe Stolarz could be the American starter, while some think he will be sent home after camp. The bottom line is, he is a great prospect and should feel honored by this opportunity. Here’s to hoping that he makes the team and makes the Flyers, and USA Hockey, proud.
Yesterday, Team Russia released their camp roster. The Flyers 2012 seventh round draft pick, defenseman Valeri Vasiliev, was among the defensemen invited to the camp. Vasiliev was drafted by Philadelphia as a low risk, high reward player at the end of the 2012 draft. On NHL.com’s prospect report they listed Vasiliev as the 16th best European skater available in the 2012 draft. An injury, and the “Russian factor” caused him to drop to the seventh round where the Flyers were willing to take a chance on the kid. Again, how likely is he to make the team? I do not know. However, the fact that a seventh round pick is a starter in the KHL at age 19 and is being noticed enough to be invited to this camp gives me hope that his development is going well.
No player listed above is guaranteed a spot at the World Junior Championships. But with four of their six eligible draft picks from 2012 being invited to camps, the Philadelphia Flyers faithful have a lot to be excited about.