The Flyers held nine picks entering day two of the draft and used their first early. After acquiring the 36th overall pick from Winnipeg on Friday night, the Flyers were in position to take a strong prospect.
With the 36th overall pick, the Flyers selected left winger Pascal Laberge.
With the first round complete on Friday night, Saturday shifts to the remaining six rounds, a place where the Flyers will find themselves very busy and right from the start.
As a result of Friday's trade from 18 to 22, the Flyers landed the 36th overall pick, the sixth of the second round. That has them on the clock early in Day 2. They will be on the clock often as well, returning to select with picks 48, 52 and 82 all before the third round is over.
In addition, the Flyers have five picks after the third round, starting with 109 in the fourth and ending with 199 in the seventh, and could add another fourth round pick at 120 if the Arizona Coyotes choose to use it to fulfil the Nicklas Grossmann trade from a year ago. That would make 10 Day 2 picks for the Flyers and 11 total in the draft.
With Day 2 set to begin at 10 a.m., here's a look at a few prospects left on the board that the Flyers could look to take in the second round.
When 17 picks rolled through, the Flyers had a choice: take the best player then or potentially trade back to try to gain better positioning for the second round. Ron Hextall chose the latter.
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."