The Flyers go into Friday’s first round of the NHL draft at Wells Fargo Center a bit shorthanded.
Because of the acquisition of defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the Islanders last season, which saw the Flyers trade away two picks, they have just five total selections in this draft.
The Flyers have no third- or fourth-round picks of their own, which is why a betting man would say the Flyers are more likely to trade down to pick up extra picks in the second or third round.
New GM Ron Hextall has emphasized the importance of the draft and stockpiling players.
“You want your core filled from within,” he said this week. “Sometimes that guy comes in the form of a Wayne Simmonds or Brayden Schenn this young in their career where they become Flyers.
“It can be that way, too. But I really believe in the draft. Drafting well is huge. No organization has been successful without drafting well in all sports. It’s few and far between.”
The Flyers' picks are: 17th (1st), 48th (2nd), 138th (5th), 168th (6th) and 198th (7th).
They also hold a conditional pick from Boston (56th or 86th overall) as part of the Andrej Meszaros trade last season, depending upon his signing status with the Bruins this weekend.