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Why is Nicklas Grossmann the picture for this slide? Because he is a big part of why this is a need for the Flyers. Their defensive corps is slow as molasses, and it really hurts them.
The Flyers drafted Samuel Morin last year in the first round, and while it's nice to have a big, strong, high-upside prospect like him, it did not do anything to help with speed on the blue line. Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg have more speed, but the Flyers' defensive corps will need major replenishing.
There's no way Kimmo Timonen plays beyond next season if he comes back, Mark Streit is old, and guys like Grossmann, Luke Schenn and Braydon Coburn could all easily be moved in the next year or two.
The NHL is becoming faster and faster, and Hextall needs to realize that building his defense with younger players who skate well is the way to go.
Anthony DeAngelo, a South Jersey native playing for Sarnia of the OHL, is an undersized but very speedy D-man who could fit in the first round. Julius Honka of Swift Current (WHL) is another fast puck-moving defenseman who is rated highly.