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This month and into June, we'll break down NHL draft options for the Flyers, who have seven selections this year and would currently pick 26th in the first round.

Today, we’ll look at an impressive center who could fall into the Flyers’ range because of injury concerns.

Hendrix Lapierre 

Position: Center
Height: 6-0
Weight: 181 
Shoots: Left
Team: Chicoutimi Saguenéens

Scouting report 

Lapierre was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in the QMJHL for the 2018-19 season, posting 13 goals and 32 assists for Chicoutimi.

He had a difficult year in 2019-20, both on and off the ice, and was limited to 19 games (two goals, 15 assists). 

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 chronicled Lapierre’s injuries, which included worrisome cervical issues initially thought to be concussions. The good news is that, before the QMJHL season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Lapierre was making progress in rehab and the tentative plan was for him to play in the Saguenéens’ final two or three regular-season games. 

The 18-year-old is a highly skilled two-way player who controls the puck very well and has plenty of poise and patience. Lapierre, who manned the right half wall on the Saguenéens’ power play, is an excellent passer, the kind that can lead his teammates into open space and create scoring chances from nothing. As a 16-year-old playing in the QMJHL, Lapierre quickly

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that his shot has “gotten a lot better” while he’s been sidelined. The Gatineau, Quebec, native is also not especially physical or explosive. 

The bottom line, though, is that Lapierre is widely considered one of the most talented players in the draft. He told Masters he sees himself as being similar to Evgeny Kuznetsov and is looking to model his game after Aleksander Barkov, too.

“Lapierre is the wild card of this draft. … I think he’s a top-five player if he can return to full health,” 

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said in March. “He’s the best two-way player in the draft.”

Fit with Flyers 

In an April 25 phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jordan Hall, Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said, "Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does. We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available.”

If Lapierre drops to the back of the first round and the Flyers have a chance to take him, there’s a real chance he’d be the best player available. The team would, of course, need to feel comfortable with his injury situation — his most recent medical reports have been submitted to NHL Central Scouting, according to Wheeler — but he could be a good value pick, perhaps even a steal. 

 

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If he falls to Philly you gotta take him. I don't see him being there though. He's top 10 talent and someones going to take a chance on him.

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The entire picture for the 2020 NHL draft remains cloudy with the ongoing suspension of the 2019-20 regular season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Where will the Flyers be picking? When and how will the draft be held? Those questions are currently unanswered.

The Flyers hold seven total selections and, as of right now, are slotted with the 26th overall pick.

“I think it’s a decent draft — I don’t know if it’s top end," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said April 25 in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The top 10, 12 guys look like pretty high end. There’s a bit of a drop-off, but there’s some depth to the draft for a couple of rounds. We don’t know totally where we’re picking, but we have an idea. We have some guys targeted we feel we would be very happy with in the top couple of rounds and then we still have some work to do to clean up the mid-to-later-round picks.

"Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does. We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available. 

"Realistically the players you draft now are two or three years down the road, best-case scenario. Some cases you get surprised. But by then, your team needs are different. We’ll do the best we can, we have an idea of where our holes are going forward and places where we certainly want to add depth to, whether it’s center or scoring winger or defense, we’ll see what happens. We’ll prepare, we weigh guys against each other, the pros and cons and we’ll do the best we can there.”

This month and into June, we'll continue to break down options for the Flyers at No. 26.

Mavrik Bourque

Position: Center
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 178
Shoots: Right
Team: Shawinigan Cataractes

Scouting report

A deft and cerebral facilitator, Bourque is a big-time passer with step-ahead vision.

The 18-year-old scored 1.45 points per game, ninth most in the QMJHL, with 29 goals and 42 assists through 49 contests.

Alexis Lafreniere, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft, led the league with 35 power play assists. Bourque finished tied for fifth with 21.

How well does he see the ice? Check out this feed during a February game in which Bourque erupted for seven points (two goals, five assists).

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Two Goals and 5 Assists for Mavrik Bourque. Crisp pass along the half wall on the power play. If Bourque continues to have nights like this, he will be a top 10 selection on draft night. Elite playmaker. Always seems to deliver the perfect pass.

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Bourque isn't the strongest or fastest but everything else is really good, particularly the way he exploits gaps and understands angles.

He’s a guy that’s everything to that team, he plays probably too much for a player his age," Flahr said. "Every game I’ve seen him, he’s on the ice pretty much half of the game. Third game in three days, he doesn’t have a lot left in the tank, but a real character kid. He’s undersized a little bit but he can skate, he can play both ends of the rink, he likes to score, he likes all facets of the game and you can tell he’s a gamer. Intriguing guy and a guy that won’t have to wait too long on draft day.

 

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7pt game for Mavrik Bourque last night in Halifax, and this goal was not too shabby.

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F Mavrik Bourque with 5 pts too (1 empty net goal + 4 assists). He has know 14 g + 15 a for 29 pts in 19 games. Pretty impressive

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It's uncertain if Bourque will be available for the Flyers if they end up picking at No. 26. NHL Central Scouting put him as the 22nd-ranked North American skater, but EliteProspects.com has Bourque pegged as the 17th-best player in the draft and TSN's Craig Button slotted him at No. 20.

The Flyers could be aiming for the best center available to replenish a bit at an important position. They've taken three centers over the past two drafts — one in the sixth round and another in the seventh.

Bourque will undoubtedly have the Flyers' attention if he's in the ballpark of their first-round selection.

 

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25 or 26 not the greatest place to pick at ...

 

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There's no way Fletcher isn't taking this guy in the draft...he checks ALL the boxes...

 

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Born Apr 24 2002 -- Hermantown, MN
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This month and into June, we'll break down NHL draft options for the Flyers, who have seven selections this year and would currently pick 26th in the first round.

Today, we’ll look at a left winger who’s already earned a reputation as a “power forward.” 

Jake Neighbours 

Position: Left wing 
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 195 pounds 
Shoots: Left 
Team: Edmonton Oil Kings 

Scouting report

The 18-year-old Neighbours relishes the physical aspects of hockey.

“Growing up, I was bigger than some guys and once I got to where hitting was allowed, I loved throwing big ones,” he told 

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. “Being physical is what my dad preached for a long time. And the chirping develops as you get older. I like that too, but it depends who you’re chirping against.”

He’s shown the willingness to fight, too, and can fire a right hand. 

Of course, a player doesn’t draw consideration in the early rounds of the NHL draft just because of his physicality. Neighbours produced more than a point per game this season, posting 23 goals and 47 assists in 64 WHL contests. He’s a decent skater for his size, sets up his teammates effectively and has a nice wrist shot in his arsenal. Neighbours profiles as a player who could help both the penalty kill and power play units at the NHL level, given his ability to protect the puck and force the action offensively. However, he produced only three power play goals this season, a number you’d like to see rise as he continues to develop. 

"He's one of those forwards I'd put in the power forward with good skill who can make plays category," Brad Lauer, his head coach with the Oil Kings, told 

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. "But he's also a big body who can play a heavy game in those tight, below the goal line, getting to the net type of games. He's got that ability to be that big man and the ability to make plays with good hands and a good hockey sense. He doesn't shy away from tough areas and that is a strong point of his game."

Another quality that stands out with Neighbours is his character, which those close to him rave about. He captained the Canada White U-17 team and generally seems to be the kind of guy you’d like in your locker room, a selfless kid and diligent worker, as 

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Down the line, one could see Neighbours’ relentless, aggressive game fitting well in Alain Vigneault’s forecheck-focused system. 

Based on where he’s ranked — he's the 

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 has him at No. 43  — he could be an option for the Flyers in either the first round or the second. 

 

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The entire picture for the 2020 NHL draft remains cloudy with the ongoing suspension of the 2019-20 regular season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Where will the Flyers be picking? When and how will the draft be held? Those questions are currently unanswered.

The Flyers hold seven total selections and, as of right now, are slotted with the 26th overall pick.

“I think it’s a decent draft — I don’t know if it’s top end," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said April 25 in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The top 10, 12 guys look like pretty high end. There’s a bit of a drop-off, but there’s some depth to the draft for a couple of rounds. We don’t know totally where we’re picking, but we have an idea. We have some guys targeted we feel we would be very happy with in the top couple of rounds and then we still have some work to do to clean up the mid-to-later-round picks.

"Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does. We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available. 

"Realistically the players you draft now are two or three years down the road, best-case scenario. Some cases you get surprised. But by then, your team needs are different. We’ll do the best we can, we have an idea of where our holes are going forward and places where we certainly want to add depth to, whether it’s center or scoring winger or defense, we’ll see what happens. We’ll prepare, we weigh guys against each other, the pros and cons and we’ll do the best we can there.”

This month and into June, we'll continue to break down options for the Flyers at No. 26.

Ozzy Wiesblatt

Position: Winger
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 183
Shoots: Right
Team: Prince Albert Raiders

Scouting report

After playing a depth role last season on a veteran Prince Albert team that won the WHL championship, Wiesblatt took on much greater responsibility in his draft year and capitalized. The winger who turned 18 years old in March registered 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) and a plus-20 rating over 64 games.

Constantly making things happen and pushing the puck north, Wiesblatt has the capability to dazzle with finesse and also outwork you with effort.

“Last year, they were a deep, older team, but he contributed," Flahr said Tuesday. "Obviously a little undersized but a great motor to him, he’s a driver of offense for their team. Every time you go watch a game he plays in, you notice him, for sure. He’s got lots of juice and generates offense, a real good motor to him which will certainly give him a chance as a smaller player.”

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Ozzy Wiesblatt (2020) leads this year's CHL Tracking Project in controlled entries per 60 with 22.

Crossovers, deception, changes in speed, handling, and off-puck acceleration -- here's how Wiesblatt combines all of those elements for transition success.

 

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 and communicates with her children using American Sign Language. Wiesblatt's three brothers also play hockey.

"The fact that we all kind of play in junior hockey right now and hopefully in the NHL one day, I think it's really special," 

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Wiesblatt is not very big for a winger and he had a quiet 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game performance in January, putting up no points or shots and a minus-2 mark.

Those factors could cause him to drop a tad in the draft but many will be happy if he's up for grabs at their slot. He's the 19th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting and TSN's Craig Button has him as the 29th-best player in the draft.

The Flyers have a strong track record of drafting WHL products. Over the past six drafts, the Flyers have taken eight WHL players, four of which were selected in the opening two rounds.

Wiesblatt should be available at No. 26 (and maybe in the second round) for the Flyers. He would be a quality selection with his ability to dictate tempo and play in all situations.

 

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The Wiesblatts is a pretty cool story, to go along with their pretty cool names...Ozzy, Orca,  Oasiz and Ocean (ya, mom was a bit of a hippy). 

 

 

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 The kid has a great motor and an excellent shot. If he fell to us in the 2nd round it wouldn't be a bad pick...though I'm still hoping for Vierling.

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The entire picture for the 2020 NHL draft remains cloudy with the ongoing suspension of the 2019-20 regular season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Where will the Flyers be picking? When and how will the draft be held? Those questions are currently unanswered.

The Flyers hold seven total selections and, as of right now, are slotted with the 26th overall pick.

“I think it’s a decent draft — I don’t know if it’s top end," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said April 25 in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The top 10, 12 guys look like pretty high end. There’s a bit of a drop-off, but there’s some depth to the draft for a couple of rounds. We don’t know totally where we’re picking, but we have an idea. We have some guys targeted we feel we would be very happy with in the top couple of rounds and then we still have some work to do to clean up the mid-to-later-round picks.

"Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does. We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available. 

"Realistically the players you draft now are two or three years down the road, best-case scenario. Some cases you get surprised. But by then, your team needs are different. We’ll do the best we can, we have an idea of where our holes are going forward and places where we certainly want to add depth to, whether it’s center or scoring winger or defense, we’ll see what happens. We’ll prepare, we weigh guys against each other, the pros and cons and we’ll do the best we can there.”

This month and into June, we'll continue to break down options for the Flyers at No. 26.

Thomas Bordeleau

Position: Center
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 175
Shoots: Left
Team: USNTDP

Scouting report

The potential is certainly there with Bordeleau, a center that oozes creativity and vision.

Combining an impressive shot with his propensity to find others, the Michigan-bound pivot led the U.S. national team development program under-18 squad with 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) through 47 games.

“He was probably one of their go-to guys for the U.S. development team," Flahr said Tuesday. "Another guy that’s undersized but he can skate, he can make plays, he can see it. On the power play, he can make plays.

“He’s certainly got the vision and the ability to shoot the puck and generate offense at the junior level. It should translate, for sure, at the college level. We’ll see what happens.”

Bordeleau, the son of former NHLer Sebastien Bordeleau, showed off his skill at the Five Nations tournament in February, recording a goal and five assists over four games.

As a smaller center, Bordeleau can improve his consistency with effort and being hard on the puck.

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The U18s break through late in the opening twenty on a goal from Landon Slaggert.

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It will be interesting to see when Bordeleau is selected because his stock seems to vary. He's the 29th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting and was the 44th-rated player among all draft prospects by TSN's Bob McKenzie in late January. However, EliteProspects.com pegs him as the 23rd-best player in the draft.

The ceiling offensively should entice many teams. The Flyers could be looking for a center in the first round, but will they view Bordeleau as the best player available if they end up picking at No. 26?

Bordeleau is expected to be taken late in the first round or early during the second. His pure offensive instincts will make him a fun player to watch at Michigan, alongside the Flyers' 2019 first-round pick Cam York. The Flyers took York and 2018 first-round pick Joel Farabee out of the USNTDP.

 

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On 5/17/2020 at 9:03 AM, flyercanuck said:

The Wiesblatts is a pretty cool story, to go along with their pretty cool names...Ozzy, Orca,  Oasiz and Ocean (ya, mom was a bit of a hippy). 

 

 

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 The kid has a great motor and an excellent shot. If he fell to us in the 2nd round it wouldn't be a bad pick...though I'm still hoping for Vierling.

 

Maybe 2nd round, yeah.   I don't use #26 on him.     If I have my heart set on him, I trade back to mid- or late-30s and get an extra pick out of it.

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Maybe 2nd round, yeah.   I don't use #26 on him.     If I have my heart set on him, I trade back to mid- or late-30s and get an extra pick out of it.

 

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If I'm trading back with my #26 pick I might consider late-30s or 40/41 to take Brock Faber.   Another RD but he's young for the draft and a Minnesota kid.   He's going to University of Minnesota (NCAA isn't really a selling point to me because at his age he has high possibility of not signing).   But he's a decent pick at 40 if it also gets you and extra pick plus prospect or player.

 

With the caveat that at some point the Flyers will need to seriously consider trading from their young defensemen strength.

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This month and into June, we'll break down NHL draft options for the Flyers, who have seven selections this year and would currently pick 26th in the first round.

Today, we’ll look at Roni Hirvonen, an undersized center who was on the ice for 

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Roni Hirvonen 

Position: Center 
Height: 5-foot-9 
Weight: 164 
Shoots: Left 
Team: Ässät 

Scouting report

Hirvonen transitioned to Finland’s Liiga this season and had 16 points in 52 games for Ässät (five goals, 11 assists). In 2018-19, he had impressive production at the U-20 level for his hometown team, Kiekko-Espoo, with 21 goals and 34 assists in 50 games. 

His modest numbers for Ässät this season shouldn’t be discouraging. Playing against adults for the first time, Hirvonen was good enough to earn a regular spot in the lineup. The 18-year-old plays a relatively mature game, reading the play well and showing a solid sense of where he should be positioned on both ends. One of his strengths is moving the puck up ice with crisp long-distance passes. 

Though he’s unafraid to grapple in difficult areas, Hirvonen’s size is a concern, and it’s possible he’ll need to play on the wing in the NHL. 

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 praises his “feistiness,” which is a trait that should serve him well moving forward. Even when Hirvonen is giving up height and muscle, he finds ways to get to the front of the net. Despite not recording a power play goal this year, Hirvonen has the potential to be impactful on the power play because of that knack for sticking himself in dangerous spots, his vision and his puck handling.

His skating sometimes appears effortful and it takes him a while to accelerate, but he's generally pretty smooth once he gets going. Hirvonen told Jokke Nevalainen of DobberProspects.com in October that he feels his skating has recently improved. 

“I’m a smart player,” 

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 puts him at No. 57. He’s worth consideration in the first two rounds for the Flyers, who took an undersized player at No. 34 last season in 5-foot-8, 164-pound right winger Bobby Brink.

"Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does,” Flyers assistant GM Brent Flahr told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jordan Hall in a phone interview on April 25. “We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available. 

"Realistically the players you draft now are two or three years down the road, best-case scenario. Some cases you get surprised. But by then, your team needs are different. We’ll do the best we can, we have an idea of where our holes are going forward and places where we certainly want to add depth to, whether it’s center or scoring winger or defense, we’ll see what happens. We’ll prepare, we weigh guys against each other, the pros and cons and we’ll do the best we can there.”

Though Hirvonen successfully took the step up from the junior level this year, the typical timeline of at least “two or three years down the road” likely still applies. He’s not the classic, can’t-miss center Flahr described, but he’s an interesting prospect. 

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The entire picture for the 2020 NHL draft remains cloudy with the ongoing suspension of the 2019-20 regular season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Where will the Flyers be picking? When and how will the draft be held? Those questions are currently unanswered.

The Flyers hold seven total selections and, as of right now, are slotted with the 26th overall pick.

“I think it’s a decent draft — I don’t know if it’s top end," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said April 25 in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The top 10, 12 guys look like pretty high end. There’s a bit of a drop-off, but there’s some depth to the draft for a couple of rounds. We don’t know totally where we’re picking, but we have an idea. We have some guys targeted we feel we would be very happy with in the top couple of rounds and then we still have some work to do to clean up the mid-to-later-round picks.

"Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does. We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available. 

"Realistically the players you draft now are two or three years down the road, best-case scenario. Some cases you get surprised. But by then, your team needs are different. We’ll do the best we can, we have an idea of where our holes are going forward and places where we certainly want to add depth to, whether it’s center or scoring winger or defense, we’ll see what happens. We’ll prepare, we weigh guys against each other, the pros and cons and we’ll do the best we can there.”

This month and into June, we'll continue to break down options for the Flyers at No. 26.

Daniel Torgersson

Position: Winger
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 199
Shoots: Left
Team: Frolunda HC

Scouting report

Playing in Sweden's top junior league SuperElit, Torgersson finished tied for fourth with 26 goals and third with a plus-38 rating. The 18-year-old was over a point-per-game scorer for Frolunda, putting up 44 points in 39 games. He got a taste of the Swedish Elite League, going scoreless in six games, and showed a well-rounded makeup at the Five Nations tournament.

A rangy winger who is proficient around the net, Torgersson can also move well and understands how to augment talented centers. There will be a good amount of projection with Torgersson, who has the tools to develop into an NHL winger.

There's some Isaac Ratcliffe in the Swede. Ratcliffe, the Flyers' 2017 second-round pick, is a 6-foot-6, 203-pound, lefty-shot winger with impressive mobility. Ratcliffe's hands and touch are considerably better than Torgersson's, but both players are big wingers with scoring ability. In 2019-20, Ratcliffe experienced his first season at the pro level, learning how important it is to use his size with the puck just as much as his skill.

Torgersson will need to prove he can utilize his frame and score in harder ways against men.

“Big body, strong down low on the walls, can shoot it," Flahr said last week. "He is a winger, for sure, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg with him. Eventually he’s going to hopefully dominate using his size and ability to get to the net and shoot the puck. On the national teams and certainly on the junior teams, he complements skilled centers pretty well and obviously he has unique size.”

 

Fit with Flyers

The draft stock for Torgersson has fluctuated as he's the 13th-ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting and considered the 27th-best player in the draft by TSN's Craig Button. However, ESPN's Chris Peters rated Torgersson at No. 61 among the class and many view him as a second-round pick.

The Flyers, who have some nice wingers in the system but are not exceptionally deep at the position, could get two cracks at Torgersson with their first- or second-round pick. The Flyers may not see Torgersson as the best player available during the first round if they end up picking at No. 26 overall and they do not have a third-round selection after the Justin Braun trade.

But when a winger can score with that type of size, the Flyers will certainly be interested, especially if Torgersson is available in the second round.

“Everybody has seen him," Flahr said of his staff. "He plays on a fairly prominent team over there with a number of prospects, he’s been on all the national teams.”

 

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The entire picture for the 2020 NHL draft remains cloudy with the ongoing suspension of the 2019-20 regular season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Where will the Flyers be picking? When and how will the draft be held? Those questions are currently unanswered.

The Flyers hold seven total selections and, as of right now, are slotted with the 26th overall pick.

“I think it’s a decent draft — I don’t know if it’s top end," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said April 25 in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The top 10, 12 guys look like pretty high end. There’s a bit of a drop-off, but there’s some depth to the draft for a couple of rounds. We don’t know totally where we’re picking, but we have an idea. We have some guys targeted we feel we would be very happy with in the top couple of rounds and then we still have some work to do to clean up the mid-to-later-round picks.

"Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does. We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available. 

"Realistically the players you draft now are two or three years down the road, best-case scenario. Some cases you get surprised. But by then, your team needs are different. We’ll do the best we can, we have an idea of where our holes are going forward and places where we certainly want to add depth to, whether it’s center or scoring winger or defense, we’ll see what happens. We’ll prepare, we weigh guys against each other, the pros and cons and we’ll do the best we can there.”

This month and into June, we'll continue to break down options for the Flyers at No. 26.

Ryan O'Rourke

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 178
Shoots: Left
Team: Soo Greyhounds

Scouting report

O'Rourke is particularly appealing because his defensive game is already refined. The 18-year-old takes immense pride in playing in his own end, while his offensive game features untapped potential.

As team captain, O'Rourke led the OHL's Greyhounds with a plus-16 mark and scored 37 points (seven goals, 30 assists) in 54 games.

O'Rourke doesn't get enough credit for his adeptness at pushing the puck north. He can get up ice and is an intelligent passer.

“A real steady player," Flahr said May 12. "He’s a 6-footer, but a competitive guy, his outlet passing, moving the puck up ice is probably his bread and butter. He can defend, he can do a little of everything. You’ve got to be a little careful of your viewings because he plays so much up there, you have to pace yourself, so there could be another level to what he can do. Plays a real mature game I think is the best description of him.”

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O'Rourke fits the bill of blueliners the Flyers like — guys with quality size and mobility. The Soo defenseman might be a fringe first-rounder, so he's expected to be available for the Flyers. The club is likely looking more for a center or winger in the first round, but O'Rourke brings a lot to the table. The Hockey Writers' Mark Scheig believes 

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It would be somewhat surprising if he's the Flyers' pick at No. 26. If O'Rourke is in their ballpark during the second round, though, he'll definitely have the club's attention.

 

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The entire picture for the 2020 NHL draft remains cloudy with the ongoing suspension of the 2019-20 regular season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Where will the Flyers be picking? When and how will the draft be held? Those questions are currently unanswered.

The Flyers hold seven total selections and, as of right now, are slotted with the 26th overall pick.

“I think it’s a decent draft — I don’t know if it’s top end," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said April 25 in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The top 10, 12 guys look like pretty high end. There’s a bit of a drop-off, but there’s some depth to the draft for a couple of rounds. We don’t know totally where we’re picking, but we have an idea. We have some guys targeted we feel we would be very happy with in the top couple of rounds and then we still have some work to do to clean up the mid-to-later-round picks.

"Obviously you’d want the big, scoring, playmaking center, anybody does. We’re in a position where we’ll likely be taking the best player available. 

"Realistically the players you draft now are two or three years down the road, best-case scenario. Some cases you get surprised. But by then, your team needs are different. We’ll do the best we can, we have an idea of where our holes are going forward and places where we certainly want to add depth to, whether it’s center or scoring winger or defense, we’ll see what happens. We’ll prepare, we weigh guys against each other, the pros and cons and we’ll do the best we can there.”

This month, we'll continue to break down options for the Flyers at No. 26.

Jan Mysak

Position: Center/winger
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 175
Shoots: Left
Team: Hamilton Bulldogs

Scouting report

There is a ton of intrigue to Mysak, an underager with innate scoring ability and a precocious hockey IQ.

After scoring nine points (five goals, four assists) through 26 games playing against grown men for the Czech Extraliga's HC Litvinov, the 17-year-old transitioned to the OHL and punctuated his draft year. Mysak took off with Hamilton, delivering a pair of hat tricks and 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in 22 games. The Czech Republic native played a much bigger role at the junior level, especially with the Bulldogs losing center Jan Jenik to a season-ending injury in December.

Mysak understands the art of scoring. He might not be the flashiest or smoothest, but he's strong, quick and knows how to dissect the opposition. He can also play down the middle and on the wing, versatility that attracts NHL teams in the first round.

“Anybody that can play center is good," Flahr said about Mysak on May 12.

“He had the reputation coming into the year. He played with men the first half, I saw him a number of times over there early. Just like any young player playing with men, he played and worked and did the little things, but wasn’t overly productive, just kind of played safe and played a role. Then midseason, he came over.

"The way it worked with Jenik going down to injury, he stepped right in on the top line and produced right off the bat. He played center when I saw him and he’s played wing overseas when I saw him, but real hard-working, honest, two-way game. You can argue whether he’s more of a shooter or a playmaker, but he’s got some rawness. I think coming over was real good for him.”

Fit with Flyers

The Flyers very well could be eyeing the best center available during the first round after selecting three defensemen, three wingers and a goalie last summer. It's a premium position and every organization is looking for greater depth down the middle. The fact that Mysak can player center and winger is a bonus.

So, will he be available for the Flyers? It's difficult to say.

He's the NHL Central Scouting's 28th-ranked North American skater and TSN's Craig Button rates him as the 34th-best player in the draft. However, 

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Some teams might want to see more from Mysak. Some teams might be completely sold.

If the Flyers end up picking at No. 26 overall and Mysak is available, he'd be hard to pass up.

 

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