With the draft quickly approaching many Flyers fans are wondering when the first domino will fall; and what exactly will start the chain reaction.
The draft is often considered either the last official act of the previous season or the first one of the new year, and the Flyers are no exception to treating it as an important time-frame.
Since Paul Holmgren took over as general manager, the Flyers have made at least two moves each year at the draft, or during the week leading up to it.
|6/23/2011||Jeff Carter||Columbus Blue Jackets||Jakub Voracek, 2011 1st rounder (Sean Couturier), 2011 3rd rounder (Nick Cousins)|
|6/23/2011||Mike Richards and Rob Bordson||Los Angeles Kings||Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and 2012 2nd rounder|
|6/19/2010||Ryan Parent||Nashville Predators||Dan Hamhuis + 2011 conditional draft pick|
|6/25/2010||Dan Hamuis||Pittsburgh Penguins||2011 3rd rounder (transferred to Phx – Harrison Ruopp)|
|6/26/2010||Jon Matsumoto||Carolina Hurricanes||2010 7th Rounder (Ricard Blidstrand)|
|6/26/2009||Joffrey Lupul. Luca Sbisa, 2009 1st rounder (John Moore) , 2010 1st rounder and 2010 or 2011 conditional 3rd rounder||Anaheim Mighty Ducks||Chris Pronger & Ryan Dingle|
|6/20/2008||R.J. Umberger + 2008 4th Rounder (Drew Olson)||Columbus Blue Jackets||Colorado’s 2008 1st Rounder (prev. acquired – Luca Sbisa) + 2008 3rd Rounder (Marc-Andre Bourdon)|
|6/20/2008||2008 1st Rounder(John Carlson)||Washington Capitals||Steve Eminger & 2008 3rd Rounder (Jacob Deserres)|
|6/21/2008||2008 7th Rounder (Nick Pryor)||Anahiem Mighty Ducks||2009 7th Rounder|
|6/18/2007||Nashville’s 2007 1st Rounder (previously obtained – Jonathon Blum)||Nashville Predators||Kimmo Timonen & Scott Hartnell|
|6/23/2007||2008 2nd Rounder (Dmitri Kugryshev) + Nashville’s 2007 3rd Rounder (Phil Desimone)||Washington Captials||2007 2nd Rounder (Kevin Marshall)|
Transactions from FlyersHistory.com
As you can see from the list of draft-day moves, with the exception of 2010, there has been at least one substantial trade during the draft week each year of Holmgren’s tenure. Last year, it was the Carter and Richards trades the day prior. In 2009 it was the trade for Chris Pronger. Four years back we witnessed the trade of R.J. Umberger for a first-round pick which was then traded for Steve Eminger. If that isn’t bad enough, that first-rounder turned into John Carlson. And lastly, the year before that, Homer acquired the rights to both Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell in the week leading up to the draft.
If the Flyers stay put at #20, it would be the first time they have made a selection with their original first-round slot since taking James van Riemsdyk from New Hampshire in 2007. With a need for a defenseman and some potential pieces to move, including that first-round pick and the widely speculated JVR, it’s possible that we could see some further fireworks on the draft floor.