After taking a defenseman in the first round in each of the last three drafts, the Flyers had formed an excellent group of rising defensemen for their system. Entering the 2016 NHL Draft, the Flyers desperately needed to build on their forward group.
They took seven forwards with their 10 total picks in the draft.
Ron Hextall remained true to his philosophy the whole way through in two ways. First, he set his sights on a player in the first round and got him. He managed to use his stroke of magic to gain another draft pick in the early second round. He started by drafting the best available, then by need, focusing on a critical need at forward.
Unfortunately, sticking to the philosophy also means that no player from this draft will see the NHL anytime soon. So development will play a central role in determining the success of this draft. So even if there is a lack of excitement over some of the picks, Hextall stuck to the plan and shed more light on the Flyers blueprint for building a champion.
The NHL Draft reached its conclusion with rounds two to seven taking place on Saturday morning and early afternoon.
10 new players joined the Flyers organization this weekend, and we've compiled all the stories on draft picks and scouting reports in one place so you can look back at each of the 10 players drafted by the Flyers.
Below, you can read up on each of the new Flyers prospects.
Philadelphia isn't a place for players who break easily. It takes rugged, tough players, on the outside and within, to make it. Laberge may not be ready physically, but mentally, there is probably no prospect that understands adversity more than the Flyers pick at 36th overall.
The Flyers added 10 new players to the system this weekend at the NHL Draft, which made Ron Hextall a busy man on Saturday, as the Flyers made nine selections in the final six rounds.
The Flyers drafted seven forwards, two defensemen and a goalie in Buffalo this weekend.
"We’re happy," Hextall said. "Moving into the draft, we knew we’d be heavy with forwards. We ended up that way.
"We wanted speed, we wanted size and we wanted skill. It's not in every player, but we feel like we got all three elements. Some of it is combinations though, like Laberge and [German] Rubtsov and Allison. We're excited about the draft. I'll probably say that every year. You always feel good about it."
Hextall commented on each of his Day 2 picks after the Draft.