Over the course of the last few years, the Philadelphia Flyers' farm system has gone from virtually barren -- the after-effects of being strip-mined of high-end draft picks in "win now" drives -- to one of the main reasons for long-term optimism. In particular, the pool of defense prospects has received considerable attention and hype after the Flyers have used three straight first-round picks on defensemen.
Some have gone so far to say that the current pool of defense prospects may be the best in franchise history in terms of players with high-end upside, overall depth and diversity of skill-sets and potential roles at the NHL level. As a group, they can all skate well and have good puck skills. The forward pool -- while rather undersized on the whole -- has skill, speed and character. In the meantime, the 2015 Draft saw the Flyers select three goaltenders in an effort to achieve some depth in the game's most difficult-to-project position.
While only time will tell how the current group ultimately stacks up at the NHL against Flyers prospect pools of the past, it is fair to say that the bar is set pretty high if the current group is to some day rank among the best collections of young talent the organization has assembled.
Working backwards chronologically, here is a look at the historical periods at which the Flyers' farm system was at its deepest.