Brent Flair said sarcastically that he hopes the pilots won’t capture that altitude again in a long time.
However, Flahr and his staff of amateur scouts are confident of getting a really good player into the top five of the 2022 NHL Draft.
“Yeah, I think we’ve got past the players we feel are the top five, and we’ve reviewed different scenarios of what we think the teams ahead of us will face. There are still some unknowns,” Flahr said on June 10 in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. “But I think we’re happy with the number of different players in the position, maybe more. Depending on how he falls, maybe you could redeem a few points even or look to trade. We’ll see how it goes.”
After the 25-46-11 season, the Flyers are ranked fifth overall in this year’s draft, which will take place July 7-8 at the Bell Center in Montreal. Flyers have six choices total. Round 1 starts at 7 PM ET on Thursday, while Rounds 2-7 begin Friday starting at 11 AM ET.
“I think it’s well documented, there’s no Conor McDavids in the draft or something. But there’s some depth to the early draft,” Flaher said. “There are different positions – there are a few in the middle, there are two right-handed defenders with skill and volume, there are two players who score on the right wing, and there is a strong winger.
“There are some very interesting players early on. I think it will be a really interesting first round. … I think it will be surprising to a lot of people, I think there could be a lot of surprises at the beginning of this draft.”
In the lead up to July 7-8, we’ll break down the draft goals for the pilots at No. 5.
Site: center / suite
to rise: 5 feet – 9
Shoots: the correct
Team: Winnipeg ICE
Flyers saw Savoy and his team in groups this season. Winnipeg has been featured on former Flyers Conor McClennon and two top 10 potential picks for Savoie and Conor Geekie.
Savoy is a smaller striker but a great skater with some kind of game-breaking skill. TSN’s Bob Mackenzie named him the fourth-best draft player in January, as did Athletic’s Scott Wheeler earlier this month.
“There is no player in this recruiting class whose game is more exciting than that of Savoy when he shoots,” Wheeler wrote. “Within the attack area, he’s a killer.”
The 18-year-old led ICE with 90 points (35 goals, 55 assists) through 65 games and finished with the WHL third-best plus-minus rating at plus-54. He was limited to 10 playoffs due to a shoulder injury, but put up 12 points (six goals and six assists) and a +13 mark.
Some will have questions about its size. According to various draft experts, he can move between the fourth and twelfth options.
Fits the flyers
As Flyers looks to aggressively retool it, General Manager Chuck Fletcher has pointed to the organization’s need for more talent.
“Part of that is we have to get younger, we have to be more talented, we have to get faster,” Fletcher said on May 3rd.
Savoy, being one of the most talented players in this draft, will help launch this initiative.
A major aspect of Flyers’ talent shortage is the organization’s lack of elite registration threats. Even in the 2019-20 season, when the club scored a shy win in the East Final, it was balanced offensively but not dynamic.
The Savoie and Flyers project will drop the top six who scored the highest points in their pool of odds.
It’s hard to tell if he’s a center or a winger at the NHL level. The center is, of course, a privileged position and Flyers hasn’t taken many pivots over the past three years.
Savoie’s size would be a well-founded concern, but his speed and goal-scoring ability could meet some of the needs in the Flyers system.
Zachary Peters / Winnipeg Ice
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