Philadelphia Flyers' Full 7-Round 2013 NHL Mock Draft
There's no telling what may happen between now and the time they are on the clock, and if I had to guess, I would think that Paul Holmgren will attempt to swing a big deal involving their first pick, whether it be to move up or to acquire a current NHL player.
As it stands right now, however, they only have six picks, one in every round at the 11 slot except for in the fourth round, which was sent to the New York Islanders for the rights to Mark Streit.
This is a huge draft for the Flyers, as it could provide a major boost to their depleted prospect pool and help brighten their future drastically.
I didn't incorporate any trades into this draft because they are too difficult to predict, but I made every pick as it is right now.
Round 1, Pick 11: Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (SM-Liiga)
Rasmus Ristolainen is a high-end prospect who could have pushed to be a top-five pick in each of the past two drafts.
He logged big minutes in Finland's top league this past season, which is impressive for an 18-year-old. While he won't wow you with any one attribute, he is above average in every facet of the game.
He could potentially step in and play on the Flyers' third line right away and develop into a top-line defenseman.
Round 2, Pick 41: Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo (USHL)
The Flyers need to try to revamp their defensive pipeline, and picking up quality defensemen with each of their first two picks in this draft could go a long way toward doing that.
Ian McCoshen was a very good player on a very good Waterloo team this past season. He is a strong, smart player who can contribute at both ends of the ice.
The Minnesota native rarely makes mistakes and is a good passer who has tremendous hockey sense. He could become a top-four blueliner in the NHL.
Round 3, Pick 72: Marc-Olivier Roy, RW, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
Marc-Olivier Roy is a winger who doesn't have a huge amount of offensive upside, but he is a phenomenal skater who seems to be everywhere at once.
He has a truly incredible motor and is constantly working to get the puck. He can create havoc on defense, while still being a smart puck-mover and contributing sporadically in the goal column.
He isn't particularly big, but his energy and effort makes him appear stronger than he is, as he will go barreling into opposing players and doesn't back down from a fight either (Roy is in the dark jersey).
Round 5, Pick 132: Anthony Louis, USA-Under 18 (USHL)
The main reason Anthony Louis could last this long in the draft is that he stands just 5'6". But he has a ton of offensive skill and could end up being a steal in the fifth round.
He is extremely creative and possesses high-end stick skills. Louis also plays a lot bigger than his frame would suggest, as he scraps along the boards and hits with a surprising amount of force.
He is committed to the University of Miami (OH) for the fall and will probably need a few seasons of development there, although he could contribute in the NHL one day.
Round 6, Pick 162: Kayle Doetzel, D, Red Deer (WHL)
Kayle Doetzel is a true stay-at-home defenseman who won't bring much of anything offensively, although his strength and prowess in his own end will make someone take a chance on him.
The Flyers would be wise to give the 6'2", 186-pound defenseman a shot, because you can always find room for a kid who hits hard, blocks shots and is responsible in the defensive zone.
As you can see in the video, he's a tough kid, as he delivers a big hit and then holds his own in a fight against Duncan Siemens, the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Round 7, Pick 192: Dane Fox, C, Erie (OHL)
Dane Fox was a steadily improving player during his time with the London Knights, and he was one of their top scorers in the 2011-12 season before being traded during the season to the Erie Otters.
After being traded to Erie, one of the worst teams in the OHL, everything went downhill for Fox: his production fell, he was overlooked in the 2012 draft and then he broke his foot at the New York Rangers prospect camp that summer.
Fox wasn't able to return to Erie until about halfway through the season, where he put up 36 points in 37 games. The Flyers should pick him up to see if he can get things back on track.
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