Stolarz, who has a full scholarship to Nebraska-Omaha, said he has not set a timetable for when he hopes to reach the NHL.
"To be honest, I just want to develop at my own pace - and if that day happens, it happens," he said. "I mean, I'm not going to rush it. . . . I'm headed to Nebraska-Omaha, and hopefully play there for four years and play in the minors, and whenever I go to the NHL, if I continue to jell, it'll just be a great day and a sure honor."
With Corpus Christi (Texas) in the NAHL last season, Stolarz had a 2.84 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.
Known for his long wingspan and his quickness - he models himself after Nashville's Pekka Rinne - Stolarz said he enjoyed watching Ilya Bryzgalov in HBO's 24/7 last season.
"He's a typical goalie," said a smiling Stolarz. "Goalies have been given the name of being a little loopy. But I mean, I like to sound a little like that, too, but not as extreme and talk about the universe. He seems like a great guy and obviously he knows his stuff in goaltending."
In the third round, the Flyers selected Shayne Gostisbehere, a 5-11, 160-pound defenseman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who had five goals and 22 points in 41 games for Union last season. He said he was so surprised he was drafted so high that "I jumped off the couch. Literally."
Added Gostisbehere, who was one of four defensemen the Flyers selected out of their seven picks: "It's a team that has so much history and so much going for it. I couldn't be more proud to put on the orange and black. I can't even describe it."
As a freshman last year, Gostisbehere's Union team surged to the Frozen Four. "It was an amazing season. I gained more experience and learned the game more," he said.
Breakaways. GM Paul Holmgren acknowledged he is close to extending coach Peter Laviolette's contract. . . . Former Flyers coach Terry Murray could fill the coaching spot with the AHL Phantoms. . . . A total of 211 players from 12 countries were selected. Canada produced the most players (99), followed by the United States (56), Sweden (22), and Russia (11).