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What had previously been a secondary option on draft day for Philadelphia quickly became a priority for the Flyers on Sunday.
A dearth of difference-makers on the blue line coupled with a lack of overall defensive depth was the greatest weakness for the Orange and Black a season ago. The club clearly wanted to address that in this year's draft.
Philadelphia used four of its six selections on defensemen, including the team's first- and second-round picks. It marked the first time since 2008 that the Flyers had used their first two selections on blueliners and the first time since 1980 that the club spent both its first- and second-round picks on defenders.
And Philadelphia went after all types of defensemen.
With the 11th overall selection, the Flyers grabbed the hulking, 6'6", 200-pound, Chris Pronger-idolizing Samuel Morin. The product of Rimouski Oceanic is big, mean, nasty and has the frame to be a bruising shutdown defenseman in the NHL for many years to come.
The club then swung toward the offensive side of things on the back end with the 41st overall pick when the Orange and Black claimed Swedish defender Robert Hagg. In 28 games with Modo's under-20 team last year, Haag recorded 11 goals and 24 points while serving as the team's captain.
Philly rounded out its defensive approach in the draft with 6'1", 185-pound blueliner Terrance Amorosa with the 132nd selection followed by 6'3", 155-pound defenseman David Drake with the 192nd pick.
It seems unlikely any of these selections will help the Flyers immediately, but it absolutely shows the team's understanding of its critical lack of defensive depth overall.