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A Look Ahead

Posted 8:18 AM ET | Comments 16
Missing the playoffs for the first time in years, the Flyers need to begin looking towards their future. They've already addressed this somewhat in-season by trading away veterans for younger players and draft picks. They've acquired their new #1 goaltender in Martin Biron, fiesty winger Scottie Upshall and three solid defensemen in Lasse Kukkonen, Braydon Coburn and Ryan Parent. All five of these players will play huge parts in the Flyers immediate future and long-term plans.

With yesterday's official announcement that the Chicago Blackhawks have won the draft lottery, the Flyers (despite finishing in last place) will select 2nd overall in June's NHL Entry Draft.

So let's take a look at some of the top prospects in this year's draft class:

--- RW Patrick Kane (18 yrs. old) - Kane is currently playing for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League. Through 58 games, Kane 62 goals, 83 assists and 52 PIM. And although he wears the jersey #88, he definitely does not possess the size or attitude of Eric Lindros. Kane is listed at 5'10" 165 lbs. He is considered the "safest" pick of the top prospects.

--- RW Alexei Cherepanov (18 yrs. old) - Cherepanov, who is currently playing for Omsk Avangard in the Russian Super League, is widely considered to have the most talent of any prospect in this draft. He is compared to Pavel Bure, but without the blazing speed. In 47 regular season games, Alexei totalled 18 goals and 11 assists. He also has three playoff goals. But to put those numbers in perspective, he is only one of two 18 year olds (or younger) to amass 20 goals in one season in the Russian Super League - the other being Sergei Samsonov. Cherepanov is 6'0, 183 lbs. The knock on him is that he is inconsistent and that he wasn't really considered a top prospect until this season.

--- C Kyle Turris (17 yrs. old) - Turris is currently playing for the Burnaby Express of the British Columbia Hockey League. He has 36 goals and 36 assists in 57 games. He is listed at 6'0, 170 lbs. He is not a physical hockey player, but for his age, has shown a nice scoring touch and should develop nicely into an NHL player. Turris has committed to playing hockey at the University of Wisconsin this fall. Not unusual for a player of his age and skill level. He is considered a notch below Kane among scouts and also has not played against the same level of competition as Kane and Cherepanov.

So there are arguably the top three prospects in the upcoming Entry Draft. There are other prospects that could be considered in the top 3-10 selections. They include: C Angelo Esposito, C Sam Gagner, D Karl Alzner, LW James Van Riemsdyk, D Keaton Ellerby, RW Jakub Voracek and C Logan Couture.

One of these players will surely add to the Flyers ever-growing cache of quality, young skaters.
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April 11, 2007 9:49 AM ET | Delete
What UFA's do you think the Flyers will pursue. I would like to see them go after Briere, Drury, Timonen (Nash). But my uncle seems to like Gomez. Is it just me, or is Gomez not even close to having as much talent as a Briere or Drury at this point?refbob
April 11, 2007 10:17 AM ET | Delete
Gomez is def up there with Briere and Drury, I think it all is going to depend on their performances in the playoffs, how fast the sabers get bounced out, and which one (hopefully not both as Garth has stated) they resign. I would rather have Drury but thats just me.
April 11, 2007 10:35 AM ET | Delete
My order of preference is: 1. Gomez 2. Drury 3. Briere ...although I think we'll have a tough time signing any of them. Sweet Lou in NJ always finds away to keep his stars (sans Neidermayer). Briere will probably be re-signed in Buffalo and I believe Drury will out west. I think our best bet to acquire a #1 center (which we desperately need) is via trade.
April 11, 2007 10:42 AM ET | Delete
I'm working on another blog for tomorrow that will dissect who is available in the free agent market this summer (based on the Flyers' needs) and who may be available via trade.
April 11, 2007 10:51 AM ET | Delete
Thanks. It must be my hatred of anyone from the Devils that has my mind so against Gomez.
April 11, 2007 10:53 AM ET | Delete
refbob, Gomez is a great playmaker that would do wonders on a top line with Gagne and Knuble. I feel your pain about the Devils but you have to think about this, not only would Gomez make the Flyers better but we would be removing him from the Devils line-up, making them worse off. It would be the ultimate win-win scenario.
April 11, 2007 12:03 PM ET | Delete
Your wisdom is blinding! My uncle has said the exact same thing. I really need to be a little more open minded when it comes to certain players.....I just like the speed that Briere and Drury have, and I don't quite see it in Gomez. Well, I must agree with your assessment of Gomez now that you and my uncle, who I consider to be a hockey god in his own right, agree on this...Thanks for the dialogue..
April 11, 2007 12:49 PM ET | Delete
yup we can most likely get Gomez for alot less then drury or briere, even tho we could use both because as I stated in my blog we really don't have much depth in the center position as most think.
April 11, 2007 1:46 PM ET | Delete
I agree that we need two centers...but not two star centers. Gomez...and someone like an Eric Belanger, a gritty, face-off specialist would give us plenty of depth to go along with Carter, Richards and Potulny.
April 11, 2007 4:10 PM ET | Delete
The Flyers do need a hard working gritty defensive centre, what about wayne primeau, he brings great work ethic and he is gritty as they get. Not much offense but you would get offense from the other 3.
April 11, 2007 4:10 PM ET | Delete
The Flyers do need a hard working gritty defensive centre, what about Wayne Primeau, he brings great work ethic and he is gritty as they get. Not much offense but you would get offense from the other 3.
April 11, 2007 4:20 PM ET | Delete
I don't have a problem with Wayne Primeau. Is he a good face-off guy, though? I think that'll be an important trait considering that Carter and Richards are not masters of that skill yet.
April 12, 2007 11:47 AM ET | Delete
Here's my question, how much cap money are you willing to spend on Gomez?
April 12, 2007 3:14 PM ET | Delete
I believe, as I've stated in my 2nd blog posted today, that Gomez is a $5-$5.5 mil/yr. player.
April 12, 2007 8:16 PM ET | Delete
You forgot Jakub Voracek in your look at the top draft prospects. At this point, I'd say it's probably going to be him or Kane for the Flyers, whichever the Hawks don't take.
April 24, 2013 7:50 PM ET | Delete
Flyers should have had me scouting... ;)
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