For several of the last few seasons, the Flyers have used the NHL Draft to attack their blue line problem head on. The Flyers aren't rolling out a defensive group among the best in the NHL just yet, but it's safe to say they don't have a problem there anymore.
Last season provided only a glimpse, as Shayne Gostisbehere was the first of those draft picks to reach the NHL and become a permanent fixture. Sam Morin and Robert Hagg are closing in on that opportunity, molding their game in the AHL. Travis Sanheim got a taste of the AHL last season and is expected to get his first pro experience next season. Ivan Provorov may be nearing his NHL debut after another tremendous season in the WHL. Even a virtual unknown like Philippe Myers has emerged as a strong prospect for the Flyers.
Morin, Sanheim and Provorov were all first-round selections in the last three drafts for the Flyers.
Bottom line: the Flyers did a lot of their building through the draft and started to shift the focus of that building from defense to forward by using their second first-round pick to select Travis Konecny, another budding young prospect. That was the first forward the Flyers had drafted in the first round since selecting Scott Laughton at 20th overall in 2012.
The time has come for the Flyers to use their first round pick to again add to the forward position and after years of bolstering the blue line, the Flyers will have plenty of options at this year's draft.