The highlight of the summer was finally upon us: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
The Philadelphia Flyers drafted eight new prospects, including two that were picked in the first round. This was the third time in the last four drafts the Flyers draft twice in the first round. And so far they’ve found amazing prospects: Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Nolan Patrick, Morgan Frost and now Joel Farabee and Jay O’Brien.
Ron Hextall and the scouting staff has already built up quite the reputation when it comes to finding great players in the draft and have the number one ranked prospect pool in the entire league.
A part of the strategy has been to trade back into the first round as they did when they drafted Travis Konecny in 2015 and last year when they traded back into the first round and picked Morgan Frost in 2017.
This year on the other hand was a bit different. Ron Hextall and the scouting staff stayed put and the only trade they did was sending a 7th round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for another 7th round pick in next year’s draft.
Out of the eight prospects they drafted, five were Americans and three were Swedish.
Over the weekend, the writers here at FlyersNation have posted articles about all the new prospects and the articles will be posted below so you can get to know the newest members of the Orange & Black:
14th overall: Joel Farabee
19th overall: Jay O’Brien
50th overall: Adam Ginning
112th overall: John St. Ivany
127th overall: Whyatte Wylie
143rd overall: Samuel Ersson
174th overall: Gavin Hain
205th overall: Marcus Westfält
Next up for the Flyers is Free Agency beginning July 1st, as the Flyers will look to improve the team for the 2018-2019 season.