The NHL Entry Draft offers an opportunity for bad teams to build a franchise and for good teams to invest in the future without sacrificing the present. For the Philadelphia Flyers, this draft will focus on acquiring future reinforcements for a strong, young offensive corps.
At this time last season, Philly unloaded some intimidating contracts to put its faith in prospects. Highly-coveted Brayden Schenn, tough guy Wayne Simmonds, puck-handler extraordinaire Jakub Voracek and two-way specialist Sean Couturier were acquired to make the Flyers the team to fear in the future instead of the present.
With the retooling project underway, the 2012 NHL Draft will afford the Flyers the opportunity to round out a roster that is heavy in offensive talent and light in goaltending and defensive reliability.
Let’s see what the Flyers can do on draft day to make Philly a big-time competitor for years to come.