With two picks in the top 20 of this year’s NHL draft, Ron Hextall’s fifth draft as general manager of the Flyers could go in any number of different ways. While the prospect pool is still reasonably deep, no one group is dominant to the point where anything should be off the table with either of the Flyers’ two picks (at 14th and 19th overall). And we also can’t rule out a trade of some sort, given that the Flyers have made trades in the first round in three out of NHL 18 Coins Hextall’s four drafts in charge.
There are a lot of ways it can go. Which is what makes trying to play it all out entertaining. And every year, we get a chance to do that with the SBNation NHL mock draft. With the help of the other 30 team sites in our network, we go through the entire first round, picking players, making deals, and generally having some fun.
For us, last year’s draft had about as little suspense as possible, as we took Nolan Patrick with the second pick (which the Flyers, of course, would then do themselves a few days later in real life). In 2016, we deliberated between a few guys on the board before taking Julien Gauthier at No. 18; in the actual draft, Gauthier would go at No. 21 after the Flyers traded out of the 18th pick and then took German Rubtsov at No. 22. And in 2015, we ended up drafting Ivan Provorov at No. 7 (hey, the Flyers did that too!) and Brock Boeser at No. 29 (Boeser went at No. 23 in the real thing, one pick before the Flyers moved up to snag Travis Konecny).