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DRAFT: One Year Later...

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
As the Flyers prepare for the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft, we take a look back at last year's crop of draftees and see how their first season as official Flyers property went...


Round 3 (89th overall): Michael Chaput (C)

The Flyers traded the rights to Michael Chaput on trade deadline day (Feb. 28, 2011) to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Tom Sestito.

Round 4 (119 overall): Tye McGinn (LW)

Coming off of his fourth full season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Flyers prospect Tye McGinn made it four consecutive years in which he posted a career-high in scoring.
Tye McGinn
The scouting report on McGinn is that he is a smart player with size and brings a high physical aspect to the game. 

Selected by the Flyers in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, McGinn recorded 31 goals and 33 assists for 64 points in just 42 games with the Gatineau Olympiques.

He finished third on the team in every major scoring category (goals, assists, points) and ranked second on the squad in power-play goals (10), points-per-game (1.52) and plus/minus rating (+30).

He added another five goals and 13 points in 14 playoff games to help the Olympiques to the QMJHL Finals.

Round 5 (149 overall): Michael Parks (RW)

The 19-year-old Parks completed his second and final season playing junior hockey in the USHL for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders where he nearly doubled his point totals from the previous season.

The 5’10’’, 188-pound speedy forward posted 25 goals and 17 assists for 42 points in 56 regular season games to help lead the RoughRiders to a first place finish among all USHL Teams with a 42-12-6 record, which included an incredible 25-2-3 record on home ice.

Parks’ 25 goals finished second on the team while his 42 points were tied for fifth. He also posted a plus/minus rating of +18 which was one off the pace of the team leader at +19, finishing third on the squad.

He also posted 11 multi-point games this past season and during the USHAL playoffs recorded three goals and four points in eight contests

A native of O’Fallon, Mo., Parks has committed to playing in the NCAA ranks with the University of North Dakota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

Round 6 (179 overall): Nick Luukko (D)

Nick Luukko had quite a successful rookie campaign in the USHL playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

After finishing the regular season with the top record in the Western Conference at 37-14-9 for 83 points, the Fighting Saints then went 9-2 in the playoffs to capture the Clark Cup Championship for the first time in the city of Dubuque in 26 years, since the 1984-85 season.
Nick Luukko with the USHL's Clark Cup.

Over the course of the playoffs, the 6’2’’, 185-pound defenseman posted a goal and four assists for five points in 11 playoff games. His five points tied for the team lead among defensemen en route to the title.

In addition he recorded a plus/minus rating of +5, while his lone goal of the postseason was the game-winning tally in overtime of a 2-1 Game 1 victory for the Fighting Saints in their first round series against Fargo.

In his rookie campaign with the first-year Dubuque club, Luukko recorded 17 points (7G-10A) and 20 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games.

In addition, Luukko finished the season strong with points in four of the last five games leading into the USHL playoffs.

A native of local West Chester, Pa., Luukko will leave the USHL as a champion and head into the NCAA hockey world. He has committed to, and will be attending the University of Vermont in the Hockey East Conference this fall.

Round 7 (206 overall): Ricard Blidstrand (D)

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Ricard Blidstrand spent his first season playing North American hockey in 2010-11.

Playing for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, the 6’3’’, 206-pound defenseman recorded three goals and 14 assists for 17 points over the course of 70 regular season games.

Prior to being drafted, Blidstrand spent his entire junior career playing in Sweden, playing for the U-20 Team and the Sweden SuperElit League.

Round 7 (209 overall): Brendan Ranford (LW)

With another break out year under his belt, Flyers prospect Brendan Ranford is showing the rest of the major junior circuit why the Flyers chose him in last year’s NHL Entry Draft.

Ranford was the Flyers’ seventh round pick (209th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and recently completed his third full season in the Western Hockey League with the Kamloops Blazers.

In 68 games during the regular season, Ranford set career-highs across the board. He posted 33 goals up from 2009-10 totals (29) and his rookie year in 2008-09 (13). He posted 53 assists this past season, compared to last year (36) and his first season (14).

In total, Ranford led the Blazers in all three scoring areas. He has improved his point total by over 20 points in each of his three seasons in junior hockey, recording 86 points this year, building on his 65 from a year ago and 27 in his rookie campaign.

Ranford also recorded multiple scoring streaks, which included an eight-game goal scoring streak and two separate 11-game points streaks (Oct. 6-27: 10G-8A--18pts) and (Nov. 5-Dec. 4: 12G-13A--25pts).

In addition to his streaks, Ranford recorded 23 multi-point games, which included six multi-goal games. 

You might recognize the name, Ranford is the nephew of former NHL goaltender Bill Ranford, who played 647 games over 14 seasons with Edmonton, Boston, Washington, Tampa Bay and Detroit, while winning two Stanley Cup titles.
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