Flyers Nab a Stud

steven leahyContributor IApril 1, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 22:  Second overall pick James vanRiemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers poses with team General Manager Paul Holmgren,right, along with another member of team personnel onstage after being drafted in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 22, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Back in 2007, the Flyers drafted James Van Riemsdyk. He went second overall and it was the first time ever in the NHL that the first two picks of the draft were Americans.

James is a New Jersey native. His 6'3" 205 lbs. frame should fit nice here in Philly.

He has represented the United States in the JR world hockey championship. He also led the University of New Hampshire with 40 points, 17 goals in 36 games.

I look forward to seeing him light up in the upcoming years.