2010 NHL Draft: Five Things the Philadelphia Flyers Need

June 21st, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
With the 2010 NHL Entry Draft less than a week away, many armchair general managers are checking out their favorite team's depth charts in order to determine what it is their team needs. With the Philadelphia Flyers set to draft 89th, 119th, 149th, 179th, and 209th overall, there really isn’t a lot of hope that they will emerge from the draft with what we’ll call a “blue chip” prospect. That said, the Detroit Red Wings have proven in the past that you can build your team with a third-, a fourth-, or even a seventh-round draft choice, with the likes of Johan Franzen (third-round draft choice, 97th overall in 2004), Pavel Datsyuk (sixth-round draft choice, 171st overall in 1998), and Henrik Zetterberg (seventh-round draft choice, 210th overall, 1999), making up the core of Detroit’s successful franchise. The trouble is, finding these kinds of players is a bit of a crap-shoot, which leads us to this question—will the Flyers find themselves a hidden gem, or will they be stuck with a player that nobody will remember in three years' time? Let’s take a look at the five biggest needs the Flyers have heading into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and so ...

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