Quick hitters: Somewhat of a surprise pick, given that he was 53rd among North American skaters, according to the NHL's predraft rankings . . . Enforces new general manager Ron Hextall's strategy of building the team through defensemen . . . Joins 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin, 2013 second-round pick Robert Haag, and Shayne Gostisbehere to form a core of blueliners for the future.
Personal: Lists his favorite team as the Penguins and his favorite player as Sidney Crosby. That will change in a hurry . . . His goal celebration is "one knee, scrape the ice with hand."
Last three defensemen taken by Flyers in first round: Samuel Morin (11th, 2013), Luca Sbisa (19th, 2008), Joni Pitkanen (4th, 2002).
- Shamus Clancy