Flyers defense prospect Wyatte Wylie was a late riser last season on the 2018 NHL Draft radar. Playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for his hometown team, the Everett Silvertips, the Washingtonian was especially good during the playoffs for a team than fell two wins shy of claiming the WHL championship.
Wylie parlayed his strong second half and playoff performance into being selected by the Flyers in the fifth round - 127th overall.
Although primarily known as a solid defender who was a regular on the Tips' penalty kill, the righthanded shooting defenseman emerged as an all-situations player for his team last season. Wylie's fluid skating is an asset, and he can move the puck up ice and chip in periodic offensive (31 regular season points in 72 games, eight playoff points in 22 games). He plays well within structure and maintains good gaps. Physically, while the 6-foot-1, 192-pound defenseman would never be described as an "old-school crusher," he is sturdy and does not back down.
"His makeup is he's a solid, steady guy. He's a pretty good defender with a nice compete level and he has the ability to make the simple play going forward, so there's nothing really flashy but he's a pretty effective guy," Flyers western-based amateur scout Mark Greig said after the 2018 Draft.
Top Flyers goaltending prospect Carter Hart played behind Wylie for the last two seasons in Everett. He said that his now-former (and potential future) teammate is the type of teammate that goalies in particular appreciate because they help make the netminder's job a little easier.