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2017 NHL Draft: Day 2

Keep up with the Flyers as the draft continues with rounds 2-7.

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Video: Hear from GM Ron Hextall on the 2017 NHL Draft

7TH ROUND

WYATT KALYNUK (196TH Overall)

POSITION: Defense

TEAM: Bloomingtom Thunder (USHL)

BORN: April 14, 1997

HOMETOWN: Virden, Manitoba

VITALS: 6'1", 174 pounds  

  • The 20-year-old defenseman was the lone blueline Philly selected in this year's Draft. He is committed to the University of Wisconsin, beginning in the fall of 2017.
  • Amateur scouts consider Kalynuk to be a puck-moving defenseman.
  • He produced six goals and 31 points in 60 USHL games for Bloomington in 2016-17.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: With the 196th pick in the #NHLDraft, the #Flyers have selected Wyatt Kalynuk! pic.twitter.com/ZrIEcEOl13

 6TH ROUND

OLLE LYCKSELL(168TH Overall)

POSITION: Center 

TEAM: Linköpings HC J18 and J20 (Swedish Juniors)

BORN: August 24, 1999

HOMETOWN: Oskarshamn, Sweden

VITALS: 5'10", 163 pounds

  •  Lycksell split the 2016-17 season between Linköping's J18 and J20 teams. He dominated the younger group and gained experience against older juniors.
  •  European scouts consider Lycksell to be a skilled and competitive forward who, despite lacking size, gets involved in the play. He may need additional Swedish junior seasoning (and possibly time on loan to a team in the Allsvenskan minor league) before he is ready to challenge for a spot in the Swedish Hockey League.
  • At the J18 level in 2016-17, Lycksell produced a combined 19 goals and 36 points in 22 games. Playing for the Linköping J20 team, he posted four goals and nine points in 29 games.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: With the 168th pick in the #NHLDraft, the #Flyers have selected Olle Lycksell! pic.twitter.com/kAczUTgga4

5TH ROUND

NOAH CATES (137th Overall)

POSITION: Left Wing

TEAM: Stillwater High School (USHS), Omaha Lancers (USHL)

BORN: February 5, 1999

HOMETOWN: Stillwater, Minnesota

VITALS: 6'1", 170 pounds

  • Cates has committed perennial Frozen Four contender University of Minnesota - Duluth, starting in the fall semester of 2017. The team is coached by Scott Sandelin, a former Flyers defenseman.
  • Scouts consider Cates to be a naturally skilled forward with the potential to make an impact at the collegiate and, later, work his way up to the pro level. Needs to fill out his lanky frame and play against a higher grade of competition. 
  • Dominated this past season at the high school level for Stillwater High (whom he captained) and for Team Northeast. Also appeared in 11 games in the USHL for the Omaha Lancers, chipping in two goals and seven points. 

4TH ROUND

MAKSIM SUSHKO (107th Overall)

POSITION: Right Wing

TEAM: Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

BORN: February 10, 1999

HOMETOWN: Brest, Belarus

VITALS: 6'0", 180 pounds

Video: Hear from Flyers 107th pick Maksim Sushko

  • One of two Belarusian-born players in the Flyers' 2017 Draft class, along with goaltender Kirill Ustimenko.
  • Amateur scouts consider Sushko to be a versatile forward with the upside to adapt to different game situations. 
  • Playing his first North American season in 2016-17, Sushko produced 32 regular season points (17 goals, 15 assists) and a plus-10 rating for Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League. Added 11 more points (three goals, eight assists) and a plus-five rating in 17 playoff matches.
  • At age 17, Sushko represented Belarus in the 2016-17 Under-20 Division I World Championships. He scored one goal in five games. The previous year, he posted six points in five games at the Under-18 Division I Worlds.

MATTHEW STROME

(106th Overall)

POSITION: Left Wing

TEAM: Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)

BORN: January 6, 1999

HOMETOWN: Mississauga, Ontario

VITALS: 6'3", 207 pounds 

  • Matthew is the younger brother of Arizona Coyotes forward Dylan Strome and Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Strome. 
  • Amateur scouts consider him to be a pure sniper with good size and offensive instincts. Needs to work on his skating.
  • Strome scored 34 goals and 62 points in 66 Ontario Hockey League games for Hamilton in 2016-17. Started the season on a tear, scoring 29 goals in the first 47 games. Struggled in the latter portion of the season. MAKSIM SUSHKO (107th Overall) POSITION: Right Wing TEAM: Owen Sound Attack (OHL) BORN: February 10, 1999 HOMETOWN: Brest, Belarus VITALS: 6'0", 180 pounds
  • One of two Belarusian-born players in the Flyers' 2017 Draft class, along with goaltender Kirill Ustimenko.
  • Amateur scouts consider Sushko to be a versatile forward with the upside to adapt to different game situations.
  • Playing his first North American season in 2016-17, Sushko produced 32 regular season points (17 goals, 15 assists) and a plus-10 rating for Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League. Added 11 more points (three goals, eight assists) and a plus-five rating in 17 playoff matches.
  • At age 17, Sushko represented Belarus in the 2016-17 Under-20 Division I World Championships. He scored one goal in five games. The previous year, he posted six points in five games at the Under-18 Division I Worlds.

Video: Hear from the Flyers 106th pick Matthew Strome

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: With the 137th pick in the #NHLDraft, the #Flyers have selected Noah Cates! pic.twitter.com/OIpWnMGFcb

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: With the 107th pick in the #NHLDraft, the #Flyers have selected Maksim Sushko! pic.twitter.com/Qq2XMNJ1cN

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: With the 106th pick in the #NHLDraft, the #Flyers have selected Matthew Strome! pic.twitter.com/7BlIJa0vT9

3RD ROUND

80th overall

KIRILL USTIMENKO (80th Overall)

POSITION: Goaltender

TEAM: MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)

BORN: January 29, 1999

HOMETOWN: Gomel, Belarus

VITALS: 6'3", 179 pounds

  • The left-catching Belarusian-born goaltender has played junior hockey in St. Petersburg, Russia since age 14.
  • Scouts consider him to be typical of many modern-day goaltending prospects -- naturally athletic with a big frame.
  • Ranked 5th among European goaltenders by Central Scouting, he posted a 1.74 GAA and .938 save percentage in the MHL (the top Russian junior league) for MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg, and made five playoff appearances as well.
  •  He impressed in a pair of outings for Team Russia at the 2017 Under-18 World Championships.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: With the 80th pick in the #NHLDraft, the #Flyers have selected Kirill Ustimenko! pic.twitter.com/6ZdJAwAgp5

2ND ROUND
 

ISAAC RATCLIFFE 35th overall

(35th Overall)

POSITION: Left wing

TEAM: Guelph Storm (Ontario Hockey League)

BORN: February 15, 1999

HOMETOWN: London, Ontario

VITALS: 6'6", 200 pounds

Video: Hear from Flyers 35th pick Isaac Ratcliffe

  • The Flyers traded their second-round (44th overall), a third round (75th) and a 4th round pick to Arizona to move up to 35th overall pick. 
  • Amateur scouts consider him to be a player with a heavy shot and quick release in addition to his huge frame. He needs to fill out and continue to refine his skating. 
  • He scored 28 goals and 54 points in 67 games for Guelph during the 2016-1u7 season; his second campaign in the OHL. 
  • Ratcliffe represented Canada at the Under-18 World Championships in 2017, tallying a pair of goals in five games.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: With the 35th pick in the #NHLDraft, the #Flyers have selected Isaac Ratcliffe! pic.twitter.com/EqMXfLbAE0

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