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Flyers draft Fredric Larsson

With the 111th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers select Fredric Larsson from the Swedish Junior Hockey League. The 17-year-old is a 6’3″ (or he is 18-years old and 6’1″, depending on the source) left-handed defenseman who appears to be a defensive-minded blue liner as well as rough player. In 19 games for Brynäs J18, he accumulated a whopping 109 penalty minutes and was a +25. Larsson is considered to be a sleeper pick in this year’s draft. Via USA Today: Larsson came out of nowhere late in the season and was terrific in Sweden’s junior under-20 playoffs for Brynas, …

Anthony Stolarz

Flyers draft goalie Anthony Stolarz

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 …

2012 NHL Entry Draft - Round One

Some thoughts on round one

First off, kudos to everyone who covered the draft live last night. People may joke every time a tweet pops up about a GM working the phones but those reporters worked their butts off last night. Today will be even more hectic. Well done folks. The Penguins got a lot better on paper last night and that worries many people in the Atlantic Division. The Penguins also got a lot better on paper in 2010 when they reshaped their defense by acquiring Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin. How did that work out? Michalek was traded back to the Phoenix Coyotes …

Scott Laughton, 2009

Flyers draft Scott Laughton

With the 20th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers pick center Scott Laughton of the Oshawa Generals. Laughton is a 18-year-old left-handed center who potted 33 goals, 76 points, and 159 penalty minutes in 127 total OHL games. After numerous highly-touted players slipped in the draft and speculation rose that the Flyers attempted to work out a deal to move up in the draft, perhaps to select Filip Forsberg, Mikhail Grigorenko, or Teuvo Teräväinen, the Flyers stood pat with their own 20th overall pick and selected Laughton. The 6’1″ fast-skating, physical center, is a prototypical pick for the Flyers. Allegedly, Laughton …

Bobby Ryan

A compendium of draft-day predictions

One of the elements of the NHL Entry Draft and Free Agency that makes these two events so entertaining is that anything can happen. This is especially the case with the Flyers, a team that has no qualms about pulling the trigger on a big deal, targeting marquee players, or shipping out a core member (or two) of the team. The Flyers will do anything necessary to improve the team.  A few of us here at Flyers Faithful are taking out best stabs in the dark to predict what will happen today. Caveat emptor: take everything you read with a …