Philadelphia Flyers: Top 2012 Draft Needs, Targeted Prospects and Predictions

June 5th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The Philadelphia Flyers made some major changes to their team last summer by trading star forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, then addressing their goaltending in a big way by signing free agent Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract.

For all the changes made to the team's forward group, the Flyers didn't miss a beat offensively this year. They finished tied for second in goals scored per game, and had seven players score 18 or more goals.

Rookie Matt Read scored 47 points while playing big minutes in his first NHL season, Scott Hartnell scored a career high 37 goals and Claude Giroux finished third in the league in scoring.

Defense and goaltending were the major issues for the Flyers this season. Although they made some minor moves at the trade deadline, the Flyers never found a strong enough replacement for Chris Pronger after he was lost for the season due to injury.

Addressing the team's blue line is a top priority in the draft for Philadelphia. Let's look at a complete draft analysis for the Flyers.


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