Of the five players chosen by the Flyers over the weekend, none will be expected to play in the NHL this season, and maybe not even next year.
The Flyers' top choice - 18-year-old Swiss defenseman Luca Sbisa, who was acquired with one of the picks from Columbus in the R.J. Umberger trade - has the most potential, but their second selection, Marc-Andre Bourdon, could be the sleeper.
Bourdon, 18, a Canadian voted the best defenseman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, was chosen in the third round, 67th overall, with another pick the Flyers acquired in Friday's deal for Umberger.
Bourdon started the season slowly and was overlooked by the NHL and outside ranking services and fell off most teams' radars.
"He started slow and then picked it up as the year went on," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.
Bourdon had 12 goals, 47 assists and 114 penalty minutes in 69 games, and is probably going to be a tougher overall player than Sbisa.
Both players should end up being good players, according to Flyers director of hockey operations Chris Pryor.
"[Sbisa] is a well-rounded, two-way player," Pryor said in an interview Saturday for the Flyers' Web site. "He's competitive, smart, good stick. There are not a lot of weaknesses in his game. He's going to be a good player and he's getting better as time goes on.
"Bourdon, he's also gotten better as the year went on. He might be a little thicker than [Sbisa]. He's a puck-mover, smart, competitive. They've both got some offense in their game, they're both mobile defensemen."
The second biggest need the Flyers had going into the draft was goaltending, with no good prospects in their system.
Now they have two possibilities in Jacob DeSerres, 18, the 84th overall pick, and Joacim Eriksson, 18, the 196th overall. DeSerres, of Calgary, is 6-2, 195 pounds and played last year for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. He finished the season with a 20-11-0 record, 2.28 goals against average and .922 save percentage.
Eriksson, 6-1, 190 pounds, from Gavle, Sweden, played in the Swedish Under-20 league for Brynas IF. He had a 3.31 GAA and a .875 save percentage.
"Goaltending is a tough position and you've got to just keep taking a crack at these guys," Pryor said. "With both kids, patience is going to be something that will come into play, and we'll see how they develop."
In between the two goalies, with their fourth pick, 178th overall, the Flyers took 18-year-old forward Zac Rinaldo, a 5-11, 170-pound lefty who had seven goals and seven assists for the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League.
Pryor said the Flyers were happy overall with the selections and would now wait to see how they develop.