Another American makes his way to Philly.
The Flyers used their 6th round, 174th overall pick on USNTDP centerman, Gavin Hain.
Hain’s selection marks the FIFTH American taken so far by the Flyers this year. Not bad for the most Canadian team in the NHL. Like the rest of the American born players the Flyers have drafted this year, Hain will make his way to college next season where he’ll play for the University of North Dakota.
He stands 5’11” and weighs in at a healthy 194 pounds (finally someone who doesn’t need to bulk up.) He played 61 games for the US National Team Development Program last year and tallied 15 goals and 20 assists to go along with a tidy + 19 rating.
He was ranked as high as 85 on central scoutings North American prospect rankings this season, but ended up 104th at the start of the draft. You can see his full career stats on his elite prospects profile here. Most people had him going somewhere late in round four or early round five, so Hain figures to be a good value pick at 174th overall.
Here’s what the experts had to say:
“He got off to a slow start this season for the USNTDP, by his own admission, but came along as the season moved along. Hain always keeps his feet moving and doesn’t give up on plays.”
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“Hain is a tenacious player with a thick frame that has a decent amount of skill who adapted well to his forechecking role. He’s got a thick and powerful build which allows him to generate power in his stride which gives him a solid top-gear, though his stride is a bit short and his acceleration is below-average. His frame complimented a high-octane motor that he used to create havoc when he was on top of his game. He’s consistent at aggressively tracking loose pucks and battling along the boards in an attempt to regain possession and is good at angling his body away from his opponents in order to protect the puck. Furthermore, he likes to enter high-traffic areas regularly where he cuts to the front of the net and look for soft-ice.”
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