2015 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers draft review

By Jashvina Shah

Samuel Dove-McFalls - Philadelphia Flyers - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs left wing Samuel Dove-McFalls, a fourth round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2015 NHL Draft, was one of seven Sea Dogs players to be chosen at that draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

Felix Sandstrom, G, Brynas J20 (SuperElit)
3rd round, 70th overall
Height: 6-2 Weight: 191 Ibs

Sandstrom was regarded as a top goaltending prospect for the draft, but he missed much playing time this season due to injuries and illness. His lack of minutes has made it difficult to project what type of goaltender he is—and what he will become.

The 6’2 goaltender spent last season playing at different levels for Brynas, although he did not appear in many games. At the U18 World Junior Championships, Sandstrom played in four games and recorded a .909 save percentage.

“We’re happy we came out, our reserve list in goalies is light, very light and we weren’t comfortable with it,” Hextall said. “We might have over swung but we’re happy with the guys we got.”

Sandstrom is another Flyers draft pick that was invited to the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine. He chatted with the media at that event, with his comments being included in this HF video.

Matej Tomek, G, Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL)
3rd round, 90th overall
Height: 6-2 Weight: 180 Ibs

Tomek was also drafted in the third round, adding to Philadelphia’s goaltending depth. He was originally recruited to play at North Dakota by current Flyer coach Dave Hakstol.

“That kind of Swedish style is what I try to do, just stay square to the puck because that gives you the best position and opportunity to stop the puck,” Tomek said.

The 6’2 netminder just finished a season in the NAHL, where he recorded a .928 save percentage and a 1.83 goals-against average in 33 games for Topeka and was named the NAHL Goaltender of the Year.

“It’s a really good league for developing goaltenders so it’s I think we have a pretty good setup for the goaltender, and I’m really happy.”

Tomek, who also played for Slovakia in the U18 World Junior Championship, will attend North Dakota this season.

“I’m looking forward to [going] to North Dakota and my goal is to be the number-one goaltender, compete for a job and we’ll go from there,” Tomek said.

Tomek met with the media after his selection on Day 2 of the NHL Draft, with his comments being captured in this HF video.

Samuel Dove-McFalls, LW, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
4th round, 98th overall
Height: 6-2 Weight: 207 Ibs

Dove-McFalls was Philadelphia’s second forward pick of the draft, adding depth to the left wing position. But Dove-McFalls isn’t expected to have much offensive upside, and could serve as a lower-line forward.

Dove-McFalls spent the last two seasons with Saint John of the QMJHL. Last season he appeared in 66 games and recorded 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists). The 6’2 forward said that hockey IQ is his biggest strength.

“I always try to make not necessarily the most simple, but the most effective play that’s going to get the most positive things out of the play,” Dove-McFalls said.

Mikhail Vorobyov, C, Tolpar Ufa (MHL)
4th round, 104th overall
Height: 6-2 Weight: 194 Ibs

The center spent last season with Tolpar Ufa in Russia’s junior league, where he played in 39 games and recorded 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists). Vorobyov also represented his country at the World Junior A Challenge and the U18 Five Nations Tournament this season.

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