With the 45th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers select goaltender, Anthony Stolarz, from Corpus Christi IceRays of the NAHL.
The Flyers passed over Tomas Hyka, a player the team was unable to sign last season due to draft eligibility, and Dalton Thrower, a player pegged as a typical Flyer, to select Stolarz.
Stolarz was ranked tenth among goalies by ISS and fourth among American goalies by Central Scouting.
Much like Niko Hoivenen, Stolarz is a big goalie who stands at 6’5″ and 200lbs. He posted a 2.84 GAA and a .920 SV% with three shutouts in 50 (of 60 total) games for the IceRays last season.
“Anthony stood out among those goalies, but (at 17) was the youngest one there, so there was some ‘what if?’ on the end of it,” IceRays coach Justin Quenneville said. “The more we watched him and we had a chance to go on the ice and do goalie sessions, he was a little more raw but very athletic. It was one of those things where we needed to give this guy another opportunity.
“We brought Anthony into our main camp in Dallas thinking he’d be a perfect backup goaltender for us. And it ended up where he not only made the team but kept impressing us and he took every (other goalie’s) job.”
Many of the players the Flyers hoped would be available went quickly in the second round before their pick arrived. Again, they remained pat.
The Flyers received the pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets along with two fourth-round picks in the trade that sent Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus.
Per Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild:
So Flyers trade Bobrovsky, get three picks from Columbus, and use that 45th overall pick to snag Stolarz. That’s a big win in my book.
The Goalie Guild did a profile on the Flyers’ draft pick in May. It can be viewed here.
Yahoo has a good post on Stolarz’s draft year.
The Jackson, New Jersey native made the “Hot List” on The Hockey News of potential future NHLers. Stolarz will play in college for Nebraska-Omaha next season.