The Best Fit at Each Position for Philadelphia Flyers in 2014 NHL Draft
The Flyers have needs across the board, as their farm system is relatively weak with multiple guys primed to move up to the big club next season.
Let's take a look at the prospects who are the best fit for Philadelphia at each position.
Goalie: Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth (OHL)
Alex Nedeljkovic is a talented and athletic goalie who has a chance to last into the second round and would be an ideal pickup for the Flyers at that spot.
While Steve Mason was solid (read: average) this season and Anthony Stolarz is a promising prospect, the Flyers have been burned for decades by not investing enough in the goaltender position.
Grabbing Nedeljkovic, formerly named to the OHL's First All-Rookie Team in 2012-13, First All-Star Team in 2013-14 and the OHL Goaltender of the Year in 2013-14, in the second round would be a great addition for Ron Hextall.
Defense: Roland McKeown, Kingston (OHL)
If you watch the Flyers play enough, you'll notice that their defense is not very good, and the biggest reason it isn't very good is because as a unit, they are very poor skaters.
Today's NHL is incredibly fast, and while size is nice, skating ability is far more important. Enter Roland McKeown, one of the best skaters in this entire draft.
He's got decent size at 6'1", 197 pounds, and he put up 43 points in 62 games, proving that he can be a force on both ends of the ice because of his agility and speed.
While he wouldn't immediately jump to the NHL over current Flyers like Shayne Gostisbehere, he could help form a great future blue line.
Left Wing: Sonny Milano, USNTDP (USHL)
Even though he's a bit undersized at 5'11", Sonny Milano is incredibly gifted with the puck on his stick and would give the Flyers a lot of talent on the left side, a spot in which they are currently very weak.
The New York native has played with the U.S. national team and was part of the group that went to the World Junior Championship, where he put up a respectable 10 points in seven games.
His stick-handling skills and ability to play the game with pace allows for him to drive possession and create in the offensive zone.
He would be a welcome addition at left wing, as the group is currently pretty depleted of talent, and Milano could even push to play right away.
Center: Robby Fabbri, Guelph (OHL)
The Flyers really do not need a center. Even if they manage to give away Vincent Lecavalier, they will still have four current NHL centers on the roster plus Scott Laughton hopefully making the team. And their other top prospect, Nick Cousins, is also a center.
But there's still obviously the chance they still target one. Robby Fabbri, like every other player on this list, sacrifices size for skill, but he more than makes up for it. There isn't much to dislike about his offensive game.
He's got speed, agility, hands, finishing ability and a creative tendency that helps him generate offense and make everyone around him better.
Those abilities helped him notch an impressive 87 points in 58 games for Guelph this season, and if the Flyers are dumb enough to pick a center in the first round, hopefully it will be a talent akin to Fabbri.
Right Wing: Joshua Ho-Sang, Windsor (OHL)
Joshua Ho-Sang has seen his stock waver a bit in the past few months, but that could be a good thing for the Flyers, as there is now a good chance he will be available at No. 17.
He's played time at both center and right wing, but he seems more suited for the outside in the NHL due to his smaller size and offensive-minded game.
Continuing with the theme of this list, the 5'11", 165-pound winger will certainly need to put on some weight, but it's hard to argue with his production: he registered 85 points in 67 games for Windsor in 2013-14.
He would likely need at least one or two seasons to grow and mature before heading to the NHL, but his upside is massive.