Philadelphia Flyers 2012 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

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Philadelphia Flyers 2012 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis
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Improving the Philadelphia Flyers' defensive play is a top priority for finding players in the NHL draft.

The Philadelphia Flyers are both an easy and a hard team to figure out.

That has been the case for years.

The Flyers simply need help on defense. It’s easy to see that if you look at the Flyers’ performance during the regular season and the playoffs. They may have rolled past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, but the back of Ilya Bryzgalov’s neck was treated for sunburn because the red goal light was turned on so often.

The only reason why the Flyers got past the Penguins was the high-functioning offense that torched Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh defense.

Bryzgalov was supposed to be the goaltender who ended the Flyers’ woes at the position. To be kind, he was an up-and-down performer who had a tough time fitting in.

The Flyers are seemingly committed to Bryzgalov for 2012-13, but they need help on defense. That’s the direction the team is likely to go with their key draft picks. It’s unlikely Chris Pronger will line up on the blue line this season — his career appears to be over — and that makes defense an even greater priority.

The Flyers traded backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus and ended up with seven draft picks. They used four of them on defensemen.

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