Since the 1967 draft, the Flyers had chosen defensemen with their first two picks three times, but they weren't in the top two rounds - as they were Sunday.
The real outcome of Sunday's draft won't be known for a while because defensemen take much longer to develop than forwards, but at least the Flyers addressed one of their biggest needs.
Turns out it was by accident.
During a break in the fourth round, Holmgren said it was a coincidence that the Flyers chose defensemen with their first two picks. He said the best players available just happened to be defensemen.
Pundits on Twitter were upset that Holmgren & Co. picked Morin over higher-rated defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Ryan Pulock, and because they chose Hagg over the more highly touted Steven Santini, a defenseman who went to New Jersey with the next pick of the second round.
But no one really knows.
Did anyone know that 6-foot-9, 255-pound Zdeno Chara would develop into the NHL's most imposing defenseman when he was chosen in the 1996 draft?
Of course not. That's why he wasn't selected until the third round - 56th overall - by the New York Islanders.
"It's a very inexact science," said Chris Pryor, the Flyers' director of hockey operations.
Morin, scouted by former Flyer Simon Nolet, is intriguing because of his size and physicality - and because of the way his game has vastly improved in the last year. Scouts say he reads plays well, has good puck skills, and is ultracompetitive.
Maybe he won't be the second coming of his idol, Chris Pronger, but his confidence level is off the charts and he seems willing to work hard to polish his weaknesses.
"Our guys liked Morin from the start - unless one of the top five became available," one Flyers source said.
That said, Holmgren conceded he talked to Edmonton, presumably about dealing up to No. 7, the pick the Oilers used to nab Nurse. "But I wouldn't say we were ever real close," Holmgren said.
Four of the Flyers' six selections were used on defensemen. They figure to scatter to different junior leagues, different schools.
"It'll be a work in progress," Pryor said, "but we think there's a lot of upside."
Pryor was informed that Morin, who realistically will return to juniors next season, said he hopes to earn a spot with the Flyers in training camp.
Just the words Pryor wanted to hear.
"You have to love the enthusiasm," he said with a faint smile. "That's one thing that was special with the kid in his interview" with the Flyers. "He has a lot of that going for him."
Pryor politely declined when asked whether Morin reminded him of any current NHL defensemen.
"Let the kid be his own player," he said.
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