The 2018 NHL Draft was one of the shallower classes for prospects from the three Canadian Hockey League (Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) circuits in recent memory. Correspondingly, the Flyers only selected one CHL player -- American defenseman Wyatte Wylie of the WHL's Everett Silvertips -- among their eight picks in the Draft.
This year could be different, at least to some extent.
"We can go league by league," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said. "Last year was a particularly weak year for the WHL, but it's a better group this year. This year is a little below average for the OHL in terms of the top-end candidates but there are some players there. With the QMJHL, there's only a couple higher-end kids but there's some mid-range players who have a chance to play."
Here's a brief synopsis of some of the more notable Draft-eligible players available from each of the three CHL circuits. Note: Another name to watch, possibly even within the top 12 to 15 picks is a junior A forward from the BCHL, Alex Newhook. The BCHL is not one of the CHL leagues, but any draft lift of prominent candidates playing Canadian junior hockey this past season should include Newhook.