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2011 NHL Draft: Early round picks pay off for Philadelphia Flyers

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2011 NHL Draft: Early round picks pay off for Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Sean Couturier has become an effective two-way center for the Philadelphia Flyers, playing in 350 career games with the franchise. (courtesy Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers took six players, spread out over seven rounds, in the 2011 NHL Draft. The first two picks, earned from trades with Columbus, featured a first rounder and a third rounder. Philadelphia also had two fourth round picks, a sixth round pick and a seventh round pick. The Flyers, however, did not have a second round pick.

The first round pick ended up being forward Sean Couturier, now a staple for the Flyers. And the third round pick was Nick Cousins, a center who has been making his way to the NHL. Read more »

Recent first round picks prominent in Philadelphia Flyers prospect awards

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Recent first round picks prominent in Philadelphia Flyers prospect awards

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Provorov was the top defenseman in the WHL this season and is likely to jump directly to the NHL next season.

 

 

Many of the Philadelphia Flyers prospects who performed well this past season came from the most recent draft class. There was Ivan Provorov, expected to be the team’s top defensive prospect, and Travis Konency, who proved his first-round selection was a good decision by the Flyers.

There were several other players who had good seasons, including goaltender Merrick Madsen and little-known sixth-round pick Cooper Marody. While it was a successful year for many of Philadelphia’s prospects, some of them struggled.

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Goaltenders highlight Philadelphia Flyers NCAA and European prospects

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Goaltenders highlight Philadelphia Flyers NCAA and European prospects

Photo: Harvard goaltender and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Merrick Madsen emerged as a starter in his sophomore season and finished eighth in the nation with a .931 save percentage.(courtesy John Crouch/Icon Sportswire).

 

 

The Flyers have a crop of prospects playing in both the NCAA and European levels, including almost all their goaltending prospects. A couple of netminders showed improvement this year, while some played few games and others – namely Matej Tomek – didn’t play at all.

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Gostisbehere takes top spot among Philadelphia Flyers top 20 prospects

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Gostisbehere takes top spot among Philadelphia Flyers top 20 prospects

Photo: Shayne Gostisbehere will receive consideration for Rookie of the Year after an unexpected season in which he set an NHL record for points in consecutive games by a rookie defenseman (15). (Photo: Courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

There weren’t many changes to the Philadelphia Flyers top 20 prospects. But there is a new number one, with Shayne Gostisbehere taking the lead because of his impact at the NHL level. Other prospects saw jumps, including Merrick Madsen, Cooper Marody and Travis Konecny. Read more »

Gostisbehere and Laughton lead small crew of NHL-ready Philadelphia Flyers prospects

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Gostisbehere and Laughton lead small crew of NHL-ready Philadelphia Flyers prospects

Photo: Although he has only suited up for 33 games, Shayne Gostisbehere’s 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) leads all rookie defensemen in scoring, with a margin of nine over the nearest comer (Colton Parayko). (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t had many prospects graduate to the big club this season, but the few that have made the jump received monumental playing time. For a team that doesn’t have much NHL-ready young talent, it’s doubly important for the prospects it does have to pan out—and so far, so good. Read more »

Philadelphia Flyers prospects thin yet competitive at AHL level

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Philadelphia Flyers prospects thin yet competitive at AHL level

Photo: Petr Straka’s 17 goals are already three better than the 14 he had for the Lehigh Valley Flyers in 2015-16. (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley are in the middle of their division this year, and have seen some of its key players skate at the professional level. Meanwhile, other top Flyers prospects are competing in the CHL. That means the Phantoms don’t have the same talent they’ve had in the past. Read more »

Junior-league Philadelphia Flyers prospects are future of blueline

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Junior-league Philadelphia Flyers prospects are future of blueline

Photo: Radel Fazleev is showing the potential the Flyers saw when they selected him 168th overall in the 2014 NHL draft. (Courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

 

 

While the Philadelphia Flyers don’t have many prospects playing at the junior level, they have some of their top prospects skating in the CHL. Headlining the group is defenseman Ivan Provorov, the team’s best defensive prospect. Read more »

Flyers system heavy on the blueline, growing on the wings

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Flyers system heavy on the blueline, growing on the wings

Photo: Mark Alt is one of the first names on the call-up list should the Flyers need help on the blueline this season. (Courtesy of Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers organization is still heavily populated with defensemen, several of them high-end ones. But the Flyers have added some forwards with more talent and upside, which is what an organization known for gritty forwards needs. Philadelphia also has more goaltending depth for the first time in several years. Read more »

Philadelphia Flyers prospect preview: Laughton first grad in rebuild

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Philadelphia Flyers prospect preview: Laughton first grad in rebuild

Photo: Shayne Gostisbehere was a pleasant surprise in Flyers camp, scoring three goals in three games. (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers are still in rebuilding mode, and they’ve been creating the team of the future. Many of Philadelphia’s prospects are already climbing to the next level and have graduated to the professional ranks, including Scott Laughton, Shayne Gostisbehere and Samuel Morin. Read more »

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