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select Luca Sbisa. This young man is projected to be the replacement for Kimmo Timonen on the powerplay in a few year's time. He is a puck moving, mobile defenseman with good hockey sense and lots of offensive upside. This Swiss Dman, from Lethbridge of the WHL, scored 6 goals, had 27 assists for 33 points lat year to go along with 63 penalty minutes. Sbisa led his team's defensive corps with a plus 19 rating, showing his commitment to being a two-way player. He is not going to lead the league in defensive scoring, nor will he lead in penalty minutes. What he will do is be a speedy, versatile rearguard who will quarterback the powerplay, play with intelligence and be responsible in all three zones. Nice pick.

The Genesis for this pick came from the trade of R.J. Umberger to Columbus for their 19th and 67th pick, with the Flyers' 27th and 119th overall. I would consider that to be an excellent trade on behalf of Paul Holmgren, who continues to do it again and again. This trade affords the Orange and Black two top 30 picks and one at #67, while shedding the salary of Umberger in the process. I think the Jackets had better check their pockets, because Homer just stole their wallet.

I am excited to see what the Boys do with #27 and will be back after the pick. I would not be surprised to see them go goalie on that pick - taking swedish backstop Jacob Markstrom or Guelph Storm product Thomas McCollum. Back in a bit...




Flyers trade #27 pick to Washington for Defenseman Steve Eminger and the 84th overall pick in round 3. Eminger is interesting, as he was the Capitals' first round pick in the 2002 draft at #12. He played very well against the Flyers in the opening round of the playoffs, scoring a goal in a double overtime loss to the Flyers in game 4. Eminger is 6'2" tall right handed shot who weighs 212 pounds. The book on Eminger is that he has never lived up to his billing and that a change of scenery might be just what the doctor ordered. I certainly hope so. As it stands now, he might be a 6th defenseman. While I am not crazy about it, the Flyers got a project with some skill who has upside potential. I hope the Flyers go goalie with #84.

So far I would still give Homer and his crew an A-/B+.

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June 20, 2008 10:40 PM ET | Delete
nice trade at 27.... Eminger is going to blossom in Philadelphia
June 20, 2008 11:04 PM ET | Delete
I sure hope so...kinda sounds like the Archie Manning of hockey, though.
June 20, 2008 11:22 PM ET | Delete
Eminger is a right handed player. That really helps the Flyers. Without him all defensemen on the team are left handed. This helps the PK and he is a 1st round pick that should be fine on a team as deep as Philly.
June 21, 2008 12:59 AM ET | Delete
If the Flyers get the Eminger that showed up in the playoffs, it's a steal. But his issue has been consistency.
June 21, 2008 2:52 AM ET | Delete
This is a definite good move. Eminger is a guy who you can see the upside, and I think that Kimmo will be a huge help to him.
June 21, 2008 2:19 PM ET | Delete
Eminger never really got a chance this year until the playoffs, and he actually performed pretty well. Most fans (myself included) never understood what happened that put him in the doghouse here for so long (while a pylon like Erskine was getting a lot of ice time).
June 21, 2008 5:51 PM ET | Delete
I thought they traded up to 19 in hopes of getting Jake Gardiner, and perhaps they did, but he was picked a couple of picks before. From what I've read, Sbisa is a quality pick where they got him and should be able to contribute rather quickly. The trade for Eminger kind of baffled me, but...... in Homer I Trust
June 21, 2008 9:38 PM ET | Delete
Pocono,I would have loved to see the Flyboys take a goalie at 27. I hate to think that we had the opportunity to take the best goalie on the board and opted not to. I hope that Eminger turns out to be the first rounder he was projected to be and that either goalie - Thomas McCollum or Jacob Markstrom - who were taken back to back turn out to be the real deal.
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