NHL Draft: Flyers take Giroux

In recent years Flyers General Manager, Bob Clarke has traded away youth for veteran players. Flyers President Ed Snider said that would stop. In what can be seen as a promising move towards building a younger team Clarke did not trade away any of the Flyers picks during the entry draft instead picking up nine prospects. The big one of course came at number 22 in the first round with the selection of right winger Claude Giroux. Giroux has drawn comparisons to Doug Gilmour and Scott Gomez. In his first year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League he racked up 39 goals and 64 assists in just 69 games. He is slightly undersized, 5’11” and 169 lbs.; he can be quite feisty at both ends of the ice.

The Flyers picks:
Rd. 1 P22 – Claude Giroux – RW
Rd. 2 P39 – Andreas Nodl – RW
Rd. 2 P42 – Michael Ratchuk – D
Rd. 2 P55 – Denis Bodrov – D
Rd. 3 P79 – Jonathan Matsumoto – C
Rd. 4 P101 – Joonas Lehtivuori – D
Rd. 4 P109 – Jakob Kovar – G
Rd. 5 P145 – Jonathan Rheault – RW
Rd. 6 P175 – Michael Dupont – G
Rd. 7 P205 – Andrei Popov – RW

I’ll try and have profiles of the rest of the Flyers draftees sometime this week.

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