A List of the Flyers Picks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft
1st Round, 11th Pick -- Sam Morin - Defenseman - Rimouski (QMJHL)
Morin is a big guy at 6'6", 202 pounds. He idolized Chris Pronger growing up, who had a hand in drafting Morin.
Morin is an intimidating presence at the blue line, plays physical, has a heavy slap shot and isn't afraid to drop the gloves. He's at least two years away from cracking an NHL lineup, which is normal for a teenage defenseman.
“Samuel's come a long way in a short period of time," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He's ultra-competitive... for a guy that's that big, he skates very well. Great range, obviously. Pretty good understanding of the game, and his puck skills have just gotten so much better in not a very long period of time. I think he's a very good prospect with a chance to really blossom over the next year or two.”
Morin registered four goals and 12 assists for 16 points, along with 117 PIM, in 46 games for Rimouski during 2012-13.
Here's more on Morin.
2nd Round, 41st pick -- Robert Hagg - Defenseman - Modo (SEL)
Hagg is an offensive-minded blue liner. He possesses great skill with the puck as a passer. His defense leaves a bit more to be desired, but that's an area of his game that's certainly improving. He's also a good hitter according to some scouting reports.
"Obviously he has good size, he moves good, and he's pretty good with the puck. We liked his overall game,” Holmgren said. Hagg was ranked 8th among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Holmgren said Hagg was on the Flyers' list for the second round. "Obviously when he was there, we were happy to snap him up,” he added.
Hagg had a great 2012-13 campaign, playing for both Modo teams in the Swedish Elite League and J20 SuperElit. While captaining the SuperElit team, Hagg scored 11 goals and 13 assists in 28 games, but only registered one assist with the SEL club in 27 games.
Hagg has a high ceiling much like Morin, but plays a different style of defense and is considered more of a project. He will certainly require time before he's NHL-ready.
Here is a highlight video of Hagg during the 2013 U20 World Junior Championships. He's wearing #14.
3rd Round, 72nd pick -- Tyrell Goulbourne - Left Wing - Kelowna (WHL)
The Flyers got themselves a tough guy with the 72nd pick in the draft.
Goulbourne is a fighter (135 PIM - 19 of them fights - in 64 games in 2012-13), but he's also a gritty defensive player. He has flashed some scoring skills too, potting 14 goals and adding 13 assists for 27 points.
Scouting reports say he's a hard-worker, "willing to go through a wall for his teammates" and will block shots. His WHL teammates all loved playing with him.
Basically, he's another Zac Rinaldo-type player. Even Holmgren refered to him as "Z2"
5th Round, 132nd pick -- Terrence Amorosa -Defenseman - Holderness (NH)
Amorosa is a high school defenseman out of Holderness School, a prep school in New Hampshire. He's very raw and unknown, but another defenseman that the Flyers can hopefully mold into a professional hockey player.
He's a left-handed shot, and considered to be a two-way defender. Scouts say he has good feet for his size and a few big colleges have been scouting him heavily.
He will play in Sioux City of the USHL next season. Here's a highlight video of him.
6th Round, 162nd pick -- Merrick Madsen - Goalie - Proctor Acedmy (NH)
Madsen, 17, is a high school goaltender out of New Hampshire. He's a 6'4", 177 pound netminder, who should fill a lot of room in net once he fills out his tall frame.
Madsen posted a 3.20 GAA and .908 sv% in 20 games for Proctor in 2012-13.
Madsen will play for Des Moines of the USHL next season. After that he will attend and play for Harvard in the 2014-15 season.
7th Round, 192nd pick -- David Drake - Defense - Des Moines (USHL)
Drake is a bit undersized for his 6'3" frame to start (only 155 pounds), but as a teenager, he'll certainly grow into the frame.
He plays for Des Moines of the USHL and will most likely still play there. He joined Des Moines in February after being called up from the Chicago Fury (Tier I Midget) and scored a goal in 12 games. (Drake had two goals and four assists in 40 games with Fury.)
He will be the teammate of Madsen, who was picked in the previous round.