While the Flyers may not have been able to land immediate help drafting 20th overall, keep in mind that Simone Gagne and Claude Giroux were both drafted higher than 20th overall not too long ago—meaning that the Flyers will probably need some patience following the draft results.
20th Overall: Center Scott Laughton, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Scott Laughton will be a terrific role player for the Flyers in the near future, as his two-way ability and balanced style of play adds to the Flyers penalty kill.
Drafting Laughton was a bit of a shock due to Philadelphia's seemingly everlasting defensive needs.
The Flyers have strong depth at center and perhaps shouldn't have passed on Olli Maata, a Finnish defenseman who was still available at the end of the first round.
If the Flyers keep Laughton and add him to the third or fourth line while maximizing his ability on the penalty kill, he should have a very positive effect on the club.
However, keep in mind that the Flyers front office could shop Laughton for an already developed defenseman.
2012 NHL Draft, Day 2:
|Round || Player Drafted || Position ||Country || League
| 2 || Anthony Stolarz || Goalie || USA || NAHL
| 3 ||Shayne Gostisbehere ||Defenseman || USA || ECAC
| 4 || Fredrik Larsson ||Defenseman || SWE ||Sweden-Junior
| 4 || Taylor Leier || Left Wing || CAN || WHL
| 5 || Reece Wilcox ||Defenseman || CAN || BCHL
| 7 || Valeri Vasiliev ||Defenseman || RUS || Russia-Junior