Samuel Morin and Max Domi skate for the puck
The upcoming 2013 NHL Draft will be crucial for the Philadelphia Flyers. If they can add a vital piece to their roster, it would help a lot of other things fall into place. But for as good of a draft class as this is, there are a few prospects Philadelphia needs to avoid.
Because just as a good pick could help the team take a major step forward, a bad pick could seriously harm the franchise and its future outlook. They have the 11th pick overall, which means that in this deep class there will be some serious talent around.
I already compiled some information about the Flyers' top targets, but now it is time to look at players who the Flyers need to stay away from in this draft.
These are five prospects who are rated highly but would just not be the right fit for the Flyers' first pick in the draft, slated for June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Max Domi is a fantastic playmaker. With that being said, he's undersized and the Flyers really do not need another center on their roster.
With Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Scott Laughton and Nick Cousins already in the system, there just isn't a lot of room for another center.
Domi is more of a playmaker than a scorer as well, so that style wouldn't be what the Flyers are looking for in a forward anyway. They need pure goal scorers over setup men.
Josh Morrissey is an under-recognized prospect who will absolutely go in the first round of the NHL draft, and deservedly so.
He's one of the best skaters in the draft, and although he's smaller, he can create offense as well as any defensemen in his class.
That's always an intriguing quality in a defenseman, but with the signing of Mark Streit, the Flyers really need a bigger, stronger, two-way style defenseman, like Darnell Nurse or Rasmus Ristolainen.
While he's the consensus top goalie in the draft, Zach Fucale might just have reaped the benefits of being on a phenomenal team.
He won a lot while playing with the Halifax Mooseheads, but he only had a .909 save percentage in the 2012-13 season, which is unspectacular to say the least.
The Flyers also spent a second-round pick on a goalie just last year (Anthony Stolarz), and would be better off bringing in a few younger guys already in the NHL, rather than drafting another netminder.
For all the same positional reasons as Max Domi, the Flyers should really try to stay away from Bo Horvat as a center prospect.
But one reason I actually dislike Horvat more for the Flyers than Domi is his playing style, which is play more like a Scott Laughton than a Claude Giroux, like Domi.
Horvat is one of my personal favorite prospects in the draft because of his hard-working, two-way style of play, but that is just not what the Flyers need right now.
If you look to the complete opposite spectrum of Josh Morrissey (in size and skills), you get Samuel Morin. A towering 6'7" defenseman, Morin is intriguing because of his height.
However, he is still extremely slight, and needs to gain a ton of weight to be able to compete physically, but then one wonders if his current above-average skating ability will take a hit.
He is also not very good with the puck, and lacks decision-making skills at this stage. It would not be wise for the Flyers to take a gamble on a guy like Morin.