Flyers own 11th pick in NHL draft

The Flyers' season came to a disappointing end, as they ended their season 23-22-3 and failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
The Flyers' season came to a disappointing end, as they ended their season 23-22-3 and failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Posted: May 01, 2013

The Flyers did not overcome astronomical odds in Monday's NHL draft lottery. As a result, they will select 11th in the first round.

Colorado won the lottery and is expected to select defenseman Seth Jones with the No. 1 pick in the June 30 draft in Newark, N.J. Coincidentally, Jones, whose father, Popeye, used to play and was an assistant coach for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, learned how to skate while growing up in Colorado.

Colorado had the second-worst regular-season record and had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the top pick in the weighted lottery. Florida, owner of the league's worst record, had a 25 percent chance, but it will draft No. 2.

The Flyers, who had the league's 11th-worst record (23-22-3), had a 1.5 percent chance. By scoring a season-ending 2-1 win in Ottawa on Saturday, the Flyers fell from eighth to 11th in the draft.

Chris Pryor, the team's director of hockey operations, called it a "very deep" draft and said the Flyers would get a high-quality player.

The last time the Flyers selected No. 11 overall was in 2003, when they chose Jeff Carter.

If the Flyers land a player like the high-scoring Carter, "we'd be ecstatic," Pryor said.

The Flyers have a need on defense, but Pryor said they would select the best player available because "what can be a strength on your team today can be a weakness tomorrow."

Defensemen Darnell Nurse (Donovan McNabb's nephew), Ryan Pulock, Rasmus Ristolainen, Mirco Mueller, and Robert Hagg are among the highly rated players who may be available at No. 11. So should forwards Sean Monahan, Frederik Gauthier, Hunter Shinkaruk, Valentin Zykov and Elias Lindholm.

"We're excited about who could be there," Pryor said.


 

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