The Flyers have the 23rd overall selection in the first round of the draft Tuesday, and, unless they make a deal to move up, won’t have a chance to choose forwards Alexis Lafreniere, Tim Stutzle, or Quinton Byfield — or any of the other marquee prospects.
But according to draft experts, they will get a quality player if they stay at No. 23.
Scouts believe there are about a dozen top-notch players in the draft before there is a drop-off, with the rest of the first round filled with very good (but not outstanding) prospects.
Forwards should dominate the first round, especially centers. Conversely, it is not a strong draft year for defensemen and goalies.
General manager Chuck Fletcher says the Flyers are more likely to trade down than up, but if they remain at No. 23, here are the players who might be available, along with comments from Ryan Wagman, director of prospect scouting at McKeen’s Hockey.
Jacob Perreault, 5-foot-11, 192 pounds
Noel Gunler, 6-2, 175
Jake Neighbours, 5-11, 195
Lukas Reichel, 6-0, 172
Hendrix Lapierre, 5-11, 180
Dylan Holloway, 6-0, 205
Connor Zary, 6-0, 178
Brendan Brisson, 6-0, 185
Ridly Greig, 5-11, 165
Mavrik Bourque, 5-10, 180
Justin Barron, 6-2, 195