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Greenberg: Recipe for Success

by Jay Greenberg / Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers GM Ron Hextall stated very plainly that the team needs to hit on this year's draft.


With their highest pick in years (No. 7) and another first rounder (No. 29), as well as eight other selections, below are the areas that Flyers columnist Jay Greenberg thinks the Flyers need to address in order to make this a successful weekend... and future.

Take the best player available. Ron Hextall, Chris Pryor and these scouts of many years service don't need our advice on this. That's what the Flyers successfully have been doing since Bob Clarke returned in 1995.

The organization is thinner on forward prospects than defensemen, something Hextall says will be a consideration should it be close between two candidates of different positions when the No. 7 choice comes up. But it's still very hard to beleive that if defenseman Ivan Provorov is available the Flyers won't select him, even with their hope that Travis Sanheim, who they took at No. 17 last June, has the potential to be a cornerstone blueliner.

The NHL game is about mobility on the back end. The Flyers will become a contender when they have their own Victor Hedman or Duncan Keith. Perhaps they will be the Stanley Cup winner when they have two of those guys. Gifted scorers aren't easy to get, just easier than a 28-minute defenseman.

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