In the 2010 draft, the Flyers emerged with mostly forward prospects, taking a center, two left wings and a right wing. With no first-round pick that year, Philadelphia’s earliest choice came in the third round. The Flyers selected center Michael Chaput, who is now in the Blue Jackets organization.
Some prospects have seen NHL action, and so far the most successful of the group has been Tye McGinn, although he now plays for the Arizona Coyotes. Like Chaput and McGinn, much of the draft class has either moved to a new team, and the rest have been a bust (save for NCAA prospects Michael Parks and Nick Luukko).
Michael Chaput, C, Springfield Falcons (AHL) – 3rd round, 89th overall
NHL Games Played: 50
After being drafted by the Flyers, Chaput returned to the QMJHL for his third season with the Lewiston MAINEiacs. He served as an assistant captain that year, appearing in 62 games. He also spent the next season in the QMJHL, but this time with the Shawinigan Cataractes.
In 2011, Chaput was traded to the Blue Jackets. He signed an entry-level deal with the club in April 2012, and spent the following season with the Springfield Falcons. Through 73 AHL games. Chaput netted 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists). In the next season, Chaput saw his first piece of NHL action, recording one point in 17 games.
This season he saw a career-high 33 games at the NHL level, splitting his time between the Blue Jackets and the Falcons. He started the 2013-14 season with Columbus, serving as a bottom-six forward.
Tye McGinn, LW, Arizona Coyotes – 4th round, 119th overall
Status: NHL Player
NHL Games Played: 87
McGinn began his junior career with the OHL, but finished it in the QMJHL. He parlayed 62 points with the Gatineau Olympiques in 2009-10 into a draft choice from the Flyers. After the 2010-11 season, McGinn signed an entry-level deal with Philadelphia and joined the Phantoms.
In his first professional season, McGinn recorded 18 points (12 goals, 6 assists) over 63 games. He saw his first NHL playing time the next year, appearing in 18 games. He returned to the NHL in 2013-14 for the same amount of time, replicating his five points over 18 games. Much of his time in the Flyers’ organization was spent with the AHL affiliate, though, where he scored a career-high 35 points in the 2013-14 season.
During the offseason, the Flyers traded McGinn to the Sharks, who placed him on waivers after 33 games. He was picked up by the Coyotes, who dressed him for 51 NHL games—though he scored just two points.
Michael Parks, RW, North Dakota (NCAA) – 5th round, 149th overall
NHL Games Played: 0
After being drafted, Parks returned to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL. His 25 goals ranked second on the team, and he finished with 41 points.
Parks began his freshman season at North Dakota in 2011-12, where he skated in 42 games and recorded 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year.
Though injuries limited Parks to 25 games as a sophomore, he rebounded as a junior, scoring 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) while helping North Dakota to the Frozen Four. He also earned a spot on the All-NCHC Second Team.
As a senior, Parks had a career-high 32 points. He has not signed with the Flyers organization yet.
Nick Luukko, D, Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL) – 6th round, 179th overall
NHL Games Played: 0
In 2010-11, Luukko won the Clark Cup with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. In the next season, he joined the University of Vermont, where he appeared in 17 games before sustaining a season-ending injury.
He followed with 36 games during his sophomore season, netting 10 points—tied for the scoring lead amongst Catamount defensemen.
As a junior, Luukko finished with eight points as the Catamounts made the Frozen Four. He appeared in all 41 games his senior season, netting a career-high 14 points. After the season’s end, Luukko signed an ATO with the Phantoms. In his first AHL stint, Luukko played in six games.
Ricard Blidstrand, D, Kallinge/Ronneby (Division 1) – 7th round, 206th overall
NHL Games Played: 0
Drafted out of Sweden, where he played for AIK’s J18 team, Bildstrand joined the Regina Pats of the WHL. In his first season, he scored 17 points across 70 games. He spent the 2011-12 season split between the Pats and Prince George Cougars, but he returned back to Sweden after that season. He now plays for Kallinge/Ronneby in the Division 1 league.
He has spent the last three seasons with Kallinge/Ronneby. In a combined 122 games, he has recorded 29 points and a cumulative plus-15 rating. It is unlikely that he will ever play hockey in North America again.
Brendan Ranford, LW, Texas Stars (AHL) – 7th round, 209th overall
NHL Games Played: 1
After he was drafted, Ranford returned to the Kamloops Blazers. He put up 86 points in 2010-11, followed by 92 (40 goals, 52 assists) the next year. He played for the Blazers for a total of five seasons.
The Flyers opted not to sign Ranford in 2012, so he became an unrestricted free agent. Unable to sign with a team for the 2012-13 season, Ranford returned to the WHL, finishing with 87 points (22 goals, 65 assists). He then attended Stars camp and played for Texas in the 2013-14 season—his first as a professional.
After 65 games and 35 points, Ranford signed an entry-level contract with the Stars. He made his NHL debut during the 2014-15 season, but spent most of the year in the AHL—where he netted 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) over 73 games.
Notable Playoff Performances
Nicolas Aube-Kubel had 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) through 17 games for the Val-d’Or Foreurs, 24th in playoff scoring. The Foreurs were swept in the semifinals by the Rimouski Oceanic, who went on to with the QMJHL championship.
Prospect of the Month: Travis Sanheim
When the Flyers drafted Travis Sanheim, they expected him to be one of the organization’s better defensemen. He immediately was, and has continued to show that through his second season with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.
After leading all WHL defensemen in the regular season with 65 points (15 goals, 50 assists), Sanheim continued his point production in the playoffs. His 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) ranked 14th in the WHL and second amongst defensemen.