The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Mark Friedman with the 86th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Flyers acquired this pick from the Boston Bruins in the Andrej Meszaros trade. Friedman is a 5’10”, 185lbs, right-handed, puck moving defenseman.
Playing for Waterloo of the USHL last season, Friedman earned 40 points (10G, 30A) in 51 games. According to Bill Meltzer, Friedman was one of the top offensive defensemen in the USHL last season. He will play for Bowling Green University next season. This gives the Flyers four years to retain his rights before offering him a contract.
Friedman is the fifth defenseman that the Flyers have selected in the first three rounds since 2012. His game is much closer to that of Shayne Gostisbehere than to, say, Sam Morin or Travis Sanheim. Although Friedman is a long term project, his offensive upside is very high.