What good is an event without examining the historical significance of it?
The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft starts tonight and the Philadelphia Flyers hold the 14th and 19th picks in the first round. We know that a ton of research and scouting go into choosing the right player, but it doesn’t always work out for the better. That being said, what types of players have the NHL Draft produced at picks 14 and 19? Is history on the Philadelphia’s side?
The 14th Overall Pick
For starters, the Flyers have had the 14th overall pick just four times over the course of their existence. Those picks turned out to be Al Sarault (1967), Danny Lucas (1978), Brian Propp (1979), and Claude Bovin (1988).
You may not recognize 3 of those names since none of them played more than two full seasons in the NHL, however, one of them became a staple in Flyer history.
Brian Propp was chosen as the 14th overall pick by the Flyers in 1979 and went on to play over 1,000 games and score over 1,000 points in the league. He played 790 of those games as a Flyer, scoring 369 goals and 480 assists to total 849 points in just 790 games. That was over 11 seasons with the orange and black.
Those numbers will live on in Flyer history forever. He is 3rd in franchise history for games played, 2nd in goals, 2nd in assists, 3rd in points, and 3rd in points per game. He holds a spot in the Flyers Hall of Fame and is the most successful NHL player to ever be drafted at number 14.
Here are other players of note that were drafted at spot number 14 along with some notable numbers:
- Sergei Gonchar (WAS, 1992) – 220 G – 591 A – 811 P
- Terry O’Reilly (BOS, 1971) – 204 G – 402 A – 606 P
- Rick Middleton (NYR, 1973) – 448 G – 540 A – 988 P
- Brent Seabrook (CHI, 2003) – 337 A – 432 P – +116
The 19th Overall Pick
The Flyers also hold the 19th overall pick in this year’s draft. Beleive it or not, the team has only drafted at 19 just one other time in their history. That pick was Luca Sbisa in 2008.
Sbisa was thrown into the mix right after he was drafted in 2008-09, playing 39 games for the Flyers while tallying 7 points and playing as a -6. The Flyers didn’t keep him around long as he was packaged up and sent to Anaheim in the deal for Chris Pronger.
Since that time, he’s been a mainstay in the NHL, playing for Vancouver and most recently the Vegas Golden Knights.
Although the Flyers don’t have a history at the 19th pick, a few NHL greats were plucked at this very spot.
Here are other players of note that were drafted at spot number 19 along with some notable numbers:
- Keith Tkachuk (WPG, 1990) – 1201 GP – 538 G – 527 A – 1065 P
- Ryan Getzlaf (ANA, 2003) – 247 G – 628 A – 875 P
- Martin Straka (PIT, 1992) – 257 G – 460 A – 717 P
- Craig Ramsey (BUF, 1971) – 420 A – 672 P – +324
Could the Flyers catch lightning in a bottle in the first round? The City of Philadelphia sure hopes so.
Will the Flyers find themselves another Brian Propp at 14? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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