Ranking the Philadelphia Flyers Prospects with the Highest Upside

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Ranking the Philadelphia Flyers Prospects with the Highest Upside
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In just over three weeks, the hockey universe will turn its attention to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL entry draft.

By then, the Stanley Cup will have long since been hoisted and all 30 NHL squads will have their sights squarely set on the future.

For the Flyers, not only will the Orange and Black be hosting the event for the first time in franchise history, but they will also enter the festivities with a decent crop of youthful talent already in their system.

A team that's seemingly been in the mix for every big-name free agent or trade target for the past decade, Philadelphia finally seems committed to building from within. While the Flyers don't appear to possess a truly game-breaking prospect, they have a trio of promising defensemen, a handful of gritty, two-way forwards and an intriguing goaltender.

Here's a look at the five Philly prospects with the highest upside.

It's worth noting this isn't a ranking of the Flyers' five best prospects right now, nor is it a rundown of the likeliest players to be logging regular NHL minutes first. Rather, it's an analysis of Philadelphia's prospects who are projected to contribute the most over the course of their respective careers.

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