NEWARK, N.J. - Many analysts had ranked Robert Hagg higher than fellow defenseman Sam Morin, but the Flyers called Morin's name with the 11th pick of the NHL draft. So Hagg waited.
Hagg thought he would likely go in the first round, but that round came and went. So Hagg waited longer. His wait ended in the second round when the Flyers took the defenseman from Uppsala, Sweden, with the 41st overall pick.
Now it's the Flyers' turn to be patient: By Hagg's own admission, he needs a couple of years of seasoning in Sweden.
For the first time ever, the Flyers selected defensemen with their first- and second-round picks in the draft. But Morin and Hagg will follow vastly different paths to the NHL. Morin expects to compete for a roster spot immediately.