DAY 2 IN THE BOOKS ANTHONY STOLARZ INTERVIEW FLYERS GM PAUL HOLMGREN
Everything you need to know
and follow along during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
FLYERS HEAD COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE (Coming Soon)SIX FLYERS SELECTED ON DAY 2 #201 OVERALL - VALERI VASILIEV
- The final Flyers pick of the draft came in the form of another big defenseman. Valeri Vasiliev stands 6'1'' and 203 pounds as an 18-year-old. The Russian native is currently playing for Spartak-2 of the Russian junior League.#141 OVERALL - REECE WILLCOX BIO
With the 141st pick in the draft, the Flyers took another big d-man. At 6'3'' Reece Willcox of Merritt joins the Flyers prospect list after his second year in the British Columbia Hockey League where he posted five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 52 games. He is committed to playing for Cornell University in 2012-13. #117 OVERALL - TAYLOR LEIER BIO
- With two picks close together in round 4, the Flyers choose left winger Taylor Leier, who posted 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in his first season of major junior hockey. He appeared in all 72 games for the Winterhawks and recorded a plus-minus rating of plus-10.
He helped Portland come within one win of the WHL Championship, losing a seven-game series to the Edmonton Oil Kings. In the postseason, Leier recorded five goals and seven points in 22 games.#111 OVERALL - FREDRIC LARSSON BIO
- The Flyers grab a 6'3'' defenseman from the Swedish Junior League.#78 OVERALL - SHAYNE GOSTISBEHRE BIO
- At 78th overall in the third round, the Flyers select defenseman Shayne Gostisbehre out of Union College. #45 OVERALL - ANTHONY STOLARZ BIO
- The Flyers kick off Day 2 of the Draft by taking goaltender Anthony Stolarz from Corpus Christi of the North American Hockey League 45th overall. Stolarz is a 6'5'', 200-pound native of Edison, NJ.
Stolarz went 23-22-4-3 with a 2.84 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in his first season in the North American Hockey League. He appeared in 50 of the club's 60 games during the season and will play for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2012-13.
- Rounds 2-7 are underway in the second day of the NHL Entry Draft... The Flyers own the 45th overall pick after their trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. ROUND 1 RECAP: ALL ABOUT LAUGHTON
- With the 20th overall pick in the Draft, the Flyers select Scott Laughton
, a 6'0", 177-lb. center from the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.
HOLMGREN ON LAUGHTON:"We really like Scott. I've seen him play a couple of times and he kind of reminds me a little bit of Mike Richards, a little bit of Adam Henrique; he's a good, solid, hard-nosed two-way player."
- Laughton ranked fifth on Oshawa with 53 points (21G-32A), and third on the team with 101 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games during the 2011-12 season. He also added five points (2G-3A) in six games during the OHL Playoffs.
- After a slow start to his second season, Laughton went on to produce at over a point per-game pace since the start of December, posting 41 points (18G-23A) in 39 games.LAUGHTON ON BECOMING A FLYER"I'm not sure of the timetable for me right now to play there, but I'm just really excited to go to an organization with such young talent and a good group of core guys. I'm really honored."
- Over two seasons in the OHL with the Generals, Laughton has totaled 33 goals and 43 assists for 76 points to go along with 159 penalty minutes in 127 games. He improved his point total by 30 points from his first season with Oshawa and combined, Laughton recorded a plus-minus rating of plus-13 in his junior career.TRADE NEWS:
Flyers have traded goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for three draft picks – a 2nd-round pick (45th overall) and 4th-round pick (117th overall) in this year's draft, as well as a 4th round pick in the 2013 draft that originally belonged to Phoenix. MORE DETAILS HERE... HOLMGREN ON BOBROVSKY TRADE:"It's a decision that we made with an opportunity to replenish draft picks and maybe give Sergei a chance to be in a better situation for himself. Columbus was one of the teams that inquired about him a lot over the last while here and that's what we did."ROUND 1 RECAP1ST OVERALL
Forward Nail Yakupov, selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers, is the third Russian-born player to be made the top choice in the NHL Draft, following Ilya Kovalchuk (2001, Atlanta) and Alex Ovechkin (2004, Washington).D-FENCE
For the first time in the history of the NHL Draft, eight of the top 10 overall selections were defensemen. A total of 13 blueliners were picked in the first round, tying the record set in 1996. Of the eight defensemen taken in the first 10 picks, five of them came from the Western Hockey League.BY BIRTHPLACE
- The 30 players selected in the first round were born in seven different countries: Canada (14), United States (six), Russia (three), Czech Republic (two), Finland (two), Sweden (two) and Latvia (one).
- Of the first 10 players chosen, six were from Canada, two were from the US, while one was from Russia (Yakupov - EDM, 1st) and one from Sweden (Lindholm - ANH, 6th)TRADES ANNOUNCED
- Anaheim traded D Lubomir Visnovsky to the New York Islanders for a 2nd-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
- Washington traded C Cody Eakin and a 2nd-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft (54th overall) to Dallas for C Mike Ribeiro.
- Pittsburgh traded C Jordan Staal to Carolina for a 1st-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft (eighth overall), C Brandon Sutter and D Brian Dumoulin.
- Calgary traded a 1st-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft (14th overall) to Buffalo for a 1st-round pick in 2012 (21st overall) and a 2nd-round pick in 2012 (42nd overall).FLYERS 1ST ROUND HISTORY
- The Flyers have selected 20th overall three other times in their history and have taken a defenseman each time - Larry Goodenough (1973), Kerry Huffman (1986) & Darren Rumble (1987). Flyers' 1st round draft picks since the year 2000 have been:
- Justin Williams (F-28th)2001
- Jeff Woywitka (D-27th)2002
- Joni Pitkanen (D-4th)2003
- Jeff Carter (F-11th) & Mike Richards (F-24th)2004
- Steve Downie (F-29th)2006
- Claude Giroux (F-22nd)2007
- James van Riemsdyk (F-2nd)2008
- Luca Sbisa (D-19th)2009
- Sean Couturier (F-8th)