Executive Vice President/General Manager, Chuck Fletcher and Vice President/Assistant GM Brent Flahr met with the Philadelphia media today to address a number of topics, including preparations for the 2019 NHL Draft Draft, held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Flyers own nine picks in total, including the 11th overall pick in the first round, which can be seen on NBC Sports on Friday, June 21. Below are a series of quotes to takeaway from the media session, some of which include non-draft topics discussed.
1. WHO WILL IT BE...
Fletcher commented on meetings with the assembled group of scouts a weeks before the NHL combine, how they built their list and challenging each other by identifying the prospect with then highest upside.
"As Brent mentioned at #11, somebody will fall to us. After the top two... I think from 3-15 there will be a lot of the same names but teams will have them ordered differently and I think that bodes well for us." - Flahr
2. POSITION AT PLAY
Assistant GM Brent Flahr, who is on point running the scouts and draft for the Flyers, stated that this year's draft is unique in the aspect of type of players (wingers, small scorers, top goaltenders, etc.), but identified restocking defensemen in the pipeline as an ideal area to check off their list.
"This draft is a little unique... especially the top 15, I think there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting... The way we look at it, we will take the best player at 11. I think as we go in the draft, we have some young defensemen that are in the NHL right now, and a couple coming, but we probably like to add defensemen depth to our organization going forward, whether it's at 11 or the second or third round, we will see." - Flahr
3. NUMBER OF DAYS FOR HAYES
Monday marked the first time GM Chuck Fletcher addressed the acquisition to the rights of center Kevin Hayes. At the forefront of getting the first chance to negotiate with him was his 200-foot game which has become so critical in today's NHL.
"He's a guy who contributes offensively and is strong defensively. He can play power play and penalty kill. He's 27 years old. We're looking through depth in the middle of the ice. He's a player we feel fits the mold." - Fletcher
4. RFA PROGRESS
One topic unrelated to the draft that frequently came up was the club's situation with their Restricted Free Agents (RFA's), which include the likes of Provorov, Konecny, Laughton and Sanheim. Fletcher addressed the possibilities of both long-term and the so called "bridge" deal.
"It's really a function of cap space. It's hard to commit to everybody long term and still have the flexibility to do what you want to do. But these kids are important players, really important parts of our future. Frankly, they're going to be really important parts of next year." - Fletcher
5. GOALTENDING OF COURSE
And it wouldn't be a press conference without goaltending coming up. This time around, the concern was centered around who will fill a back up role for Carter Hart.
"I think we have a pretty good idea of what we want to accomplish... Like anything, you put lists together and you have priorities. There's a lot of teams competing for similar players throughout the league. We have our list and we know how we rate players." - Fletcher
Video: 6-10: Fletcher/Flahr on Hayes, RFA, #11
Video: 6-10: Fletcher/Flahr on Draft Depth