With their first of seven picks on the day, Philadelphia used their 2nd round selection on the Swedish defenseman Adam Ginning.
The Flyers picked up where they left last night, by going with a bit of a surprise pick in Ginning. Ginning stands at 6’4 and 204 pounds, and he projects to be a defensive defenseman.
Last season he split time with Linköping HC in the SHL and SuperElit. In 45 total games, Ginning recorded a stat-line of 2-6-8. He added an assist in the SHL playoffs, and captained Sweden to the bronze medal at the World Junior Championships where he tallied a goal and 3 assists.
Bob McKenzie had Ginning ranked as his 43rd ranked prospect, while he was ranked 49th by Hockeyprospect.com and he came in at 42nd with Mckeen’s Hockey.
The NHL Network crew described Ginning as a “left handed Adam Larsson” as he plays more of a defensive and shutdown role. His rights currently belong to Linköping HC, as he signed a two year deal with the Swedish team in April of 2017.
Ginning is 6-foot-4, 205 lbs. he’s regarded as a shutdown defenseman. @grantmccagg’s guide projects him as a bottom four, PK guy.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) June 23, 2018
This is what eliteprospects.com has to say about the newest Flyer:
“Big defenseman who plays with a lot of authority. Very good along the boards and in front of the net. Plays physical and has potential to become a solid shutdown defenseman. Moves pretty well and has fine leadership qualities. Has some offensive upside and a good first pass.”
The consensus of the pick is that Hextall and co could’ve went in other directions at 50. Some notable players who were passed over were Akil Thomas, Calen Addison, and Filip Hallander. It’s not that Ginning’s a bad selection, it just feels safe. In today’s modern NHL, not many defensive defenseman drive play in ways that’s needed to be a successful NHL player.
With the Flyers not having a 3rd round pick, they aren’t up again until pick 112 in the 4th round. Philadelphia has six picks remaining today.
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