Ranking the 5 Best 1st-Round Draft Picks in Philadelphia Flyers History

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Ranking the 5 Best 1st-Round Draft Picks in Philadelphia Flyers History
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Claude Giroux is among the 5 best 1st-round picks in Flyers' history.

The draft is the lifeblood of most NHL teams and the Philadelphia Flyers are no exception. If you have success in the draft, success on the ice will usually follow.

Here is a look at the five best first-round draft picks in Flyers' history. Keep in mind a few ground rules for this list: Players are judged solely on how they performed for the Flyers. Therefore, a player like Peter Forsberg, who the Flyers drafted but traded to the Quebec Nordiques in the Eric Lindros deal before he played for Philadelphia, is not on this list even though he has now been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Only players drafted in the first round of the draft are eligible for this list. If the Flyers drafted two players in the opening round of the draft, they are both eligible. If the Flyers didn't have a first-round pick but made a great selection in the second round, he cannot be included.

Feel free to comment on any player on this list or to mention a player you feel deserves to be included. As always, indicate why you feel the way you do.

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