Just look at the names that went off the board in that same draft before Carter Hart.
Laberge was ranked higher than where the Flyers took him in his draft year, and generally higher than Debrincat. He was a high-skill, high upside pick. The problem with where Laberge is is most likely related to this right here:
By most accounts, he's never been the same player after that.
Tim Kerr and Mark Stone had issues as well.
The Flyers needed goal scorers and they got one.
Hell if he didn't have the skating issues he wouldn't have been there at 23 he would have been in the top 10 that is how lethal his shot was. I'll take it.
Check back in 2022-23 to complain.
Not sure, but at least he isn't from Minnesota. And his first and last name doesn't start with the same letter. That brings us to Fletchers #3 reason for drafting...ability to play hockey. So we have that at least.