5 forwards Flyers could target in first round

Posted: June 27, 2014

WILL THE Flyers keep their 17th pick or swap it?

Newly appointed general manager Ron Hextall has said he will take the best player available. But in one of the weakest defensive draft classes in recent history, it seems likely the Flyers will add a forward to the youth pipeline.

Here are five of the best, and likely options for the Flyers if they stay at No. 17:

Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

It's unlikely this 6-3 left winger will fall to 17, but if he does, the Flyers should not hesitate to take a chance on his power, speed and heavy shot. With the stature of a full-grown man (205 pounds), Perlini netted 34 goals and had 37 assists last season.

Alex Tuch, RW, USA U-18

Tuch moves surprisingly well for his 6-4, 213-pound frame and put up over a point per game with the American U-18 squad last season. He will be a handful for opposing defensemen and will spend next season refining his game at Boston College, along with linemate Sonny Milano.

Sonny Milano, LW, 18, USA U-18

Milano has some of the silkiest hands in the year's draft and the 5-11 winger will learn a more complete game when he plays for Jerry York's Eagles starting this fall. After playing a college game that requires defensive responsibility more than skill, Milano should emerge a dynamic big-league threat.

Dylan Larkin, LW, USA U-18

Larkin lit the lamp 31 times last season for the United States U-18 team and gets extra credit for being the only U.S. National Development Team player on this list who wasn't linemates with Jack Eichel, a projected top-three pick in 2015. Larkin has the potential to be a smooth-skating, relentless, two-way forward in the mold of Mike Richards.

Robby Fabbri, C, Guelph Storm (OHL)

The OHL's playoff MVP, Fabbri was a dangerous player in the clutch, with 13 goals and 28 points in Guelph's run to an OHL title. The 5-11 center is a bit undersized, but he's touted as one of the best skaters in the draft and isn't afraid of battling in the trenches. With 45 goals in 58 regular-season games, he's got a scoring touch as well.

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