Flashback Friday: Flyers Select Kevin Marshall 41st Overall in 2007

Updated: June 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm by John Gove

After using their first-round pick (second-overall) on James van Riemsdyk, the Philadelphia Flyers selected Kevin Marshall 41st-overall in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Marshall was a defensive-defenseman from the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Marshall’s aggressive style of play complemented his big body physique but lacked any offensive instincts.

How Did Kevin Marshall Work Out?

After being drafted in 2007, Marshall played two more seasons in the QMJHL, one more with Lewiston and one year with the Quebec Remparts. He experienced his best offensive season with Quebec, recording nine goals and 29 assists.

Marshall began his professional hockey career in 2009, playing for the then Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League. He would spend most of the next three seasons with the Phantoms, making his National Hockey League debut with the Flyers on November 21, 2011. Marshall’s stint with the Flyers would last a measly ten games before being sent back down to the AHL. Unfortunately, those ten games would be the only NHL games he would see in his career.

On February 2, 2012, Philadelphia traded Marshall to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Matthew Ford. He would finish out the 2011-12 season playing for the Hershey Bears. 52 games into the following season, Marshall would be traded once again, this time Toronto. Marshall would play with the Toronto Marlies until the end of the 2014-15 AHL season.

Since then, Marshall has spent time playing in both the Swedish Hockey League and Germany’s DEL.

Draft Grade: F

It is so difficult to determine how a prospect is going to pan out, especially if they are taken after round one. Kevin Marshall is far from the only bust in the 2007 draft, but he indeed is one. Any time you select a player in the second round, and they only play in ten games in the NHL; you messed up.

When looking at the players Philadelphia missed out on; one name will jump out at you. Two picks after the Flyers selected Marshall; the Montreal Canadiens selected a defenseman by the name of P.K. Subban. Now Philadelphia may have gone and made the mistake of trading him too, but their blueline would have looked a lot more dynamic and dangerous with Subban in the mix. Ironically, Wayne Simmonds was also taken in the second round of this draft by the Los Angeles Kings. Imagine if the Flyers took Simmonds with their pick instead of Marshall. The Mike Richards trade could have looked entirely different or never happened.

 

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