On the surface, it didn't look like the right move, as Kieffer Bellows went to the New York Islanders at 19 and Julien Gauthier went at 21 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Bellows scored 50 goals for the US U-18 team. Gauthier scored 41 for Val d'Or this season. Both had the sniper quality the Flyers really needed to find.
But that's the thing about draft picks: there's always risk, and there is really nothing that is certain about an 18-year-old.
For the second straight year, the Flyers first pick went to a Russian player, German Rubtsov.
"We wanted him," Hextall said. "It’s always risky, but in the end it was a good move."