It was an eventful Round 5 for the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2018 NHL Draft on Saturday afternoon.
The Flyers had three picks in the fifth round (112, 127 and 143).
The Flyers drafted right-handed defenseman John St. Ivany with the 112th overall pick, defenseman Wyatte Wylie with the 127th overall pick and Swedish goalie Samuel Ersson with the 143rd overall pick.
John St. Ivany, D
John St. Ivany is a strong puck-moving defenseman who is committed to Yale University in 2018-19. He was an alternate captain and role player for Sioux Falls of the USHL this season. He played two full seasons of USHL and is now headed to collegiate hockey. St. Ivany went undrafted in the NHL Draft last year, but saw his stock rise in 2017-18.
” St. Ivany is a smart player, on and off the ice, with good puck skills. Has to work on his footwork and overall quickness. Good frame, and his skating should improve as he builds lower-body strength. He also has an occasional physical dimension to his game but ice vision and passing ability are his bread-and-butter skills.”
Flyers Scout: Nick Pryor
“John is a really efficient two-way defenseman. He went through the draft last year and I thought he came a long way this year. His mobility is good, his first pass is good, his transition game is good. We’re excited about him and excited about his future.”
Wyatte Wylie, D
Wylie was a teammate of Flyers’ elite goaltending prospect Carter Hart in the WHL this season. He helped the Silvertips reach the WHL Finals, posting a plus-12 rating in 22 games. The right-handed two-way defenseman is a smooth fluid skater and more of a puck-mover than an offensive defenseman. He was a big part of Everett’s penalty kill this season.
Grant McCagg (former Montreal Canadiens’ scout)
“Teams are always looking for the late risers in the draft, the prospects who show the most improvement as the season transpires, and particularly when they rise up in the playoffs. Wylie was a stalwart defensively on Everett’s run to the WHL finals, showcasing his elite mobility, poise and smarts”
“A poised, good skating defenseman who was a valuable part of Everett’s run to the WHL finals. He plays well in a structured, almost NHL-like system in Everett that takes time and space away from opposing attackers. Has a heavy shot and can pinch on occasion but not someone likely to play power play as a pro. Could be a penalty kill rotation guy.”
— The WHL (@TheWHL) June 23, 2018
Samuel Ersson, G
Ersson is a product of the same Swedish club from whom the Flyers previously drafted current prospect Felix Sandström. He was a workhorse for the Brynäs J20 team in 2017-18, appearing in 40 games and posting a .920 save percentage.
NHL Draft Black Book
“Ersson is a modern-day butterfly goalie, who possesses a calm demeanour and fluid movement. His fluidity allowed him to come out of his reverse V-H or drop into it before most short-side shot attempts could get through. His ability to transition from a butterfly to a standing position and visa-versa is impressive. Furthermore, his butterfly is technically refined and this allows him to seal it shut on most shot attempts, as well as being able to absorb rebounds at a high-rate. It works in combination with his plus puck-tracking skills, giving him the ability to square up and stop the initial shot. It’s rare to see Ersson have to scramble since he doesn’t over-commit on most shot attempts and his rebound control reduces his need to make recovery saves.”
“The Brynäs system has typically done a good job at developing young goalies. Ersson fits their usual mold; a good natural athlete with an economy of motion in the net. He will play against pros next season, albeit at the minor league level, on loan to Västerås IK. It will be a good test for him.”