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Flyers GM Ron Hextall used the team’s seventh overall pick at the NHL Draft to get the player he had always coveted. Ivan Provorov wasn’t selected to be part of the future. He was picked as a big piece of it.
Hextall has shown his emphasis on building the Flyers blue line with patience and careful selection. And it certainly appears, in the early stages at least, that Hextall hit a home run with both of his top picks. Along with Provorov, Travis Sanheim appears to have the ceiling of a top-pair defenseman as well.
The excitement for these prospects – Sam Morin, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg are also part of that group – is palpable in the Flyers fan base. And it is obvious why.
The Flyers have the star forwards that attract attention at all times in Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. They have the number one goalie they have been searching for in born-again Steve Mason. And now, they have the defensemen. It’s just a matter of when for the cornerstone players of the blue line.