In most every NHL Draft, there players available beyond the first round who have the potential to become NHL regulars and sometimes are even destined for stardom. Drafting such players takes a lot of luck as well as scouting acumen.
However, generically speaking, the latter-round picks who tend to go on to NHL careers fit in one or more of the following broadly defined categories in their draft year:
Skilled but undersized,
Skilled and average pro height but narrow frame
Skilled but deficient in skating
Skilled but deficient in defensive play
Two-way player with iffy hands
Big-framed but raw power forward candidates
Athletic but unpolished goaltenders
European players, especially ones whom scouts fear may not be as effective in the smaller-rink game
North American Junior A and high school players who have dominated against low levels of competition but have not been tested yet in higher-level leagues.
The 2015 Draft had an abundance of such players in the pool. By no means am I suggesting that all or even the majority of them are going to go on to become NHL players, let alone future stars. Chances are that most of them will fall short of the NHL.
The NHL on Wednesday announced home openers for all 30 clubs, in advance of tonight's NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
The Flyers will take Wells Fargo Center ice for the first time on Oct. 12, as they play host to the Florida Panthers. That game will actually be the second game in a back-to-back series with the Panthers, as the Flyers will visit them on Oct. 10 in their home opener.