Flyers scouting director Chris Pryor thinks this year's NHL draft, which is loaded with gifted forwards, may be as good as the star-studded 2003 class.

"Obviously we don't want to be picking this high every year," Pryor said in a conference call Wednesday from Buffalo, site of the NHL scouting combine. "But if we had to, we're fortunate to have some nice options. . . . It's a good year to have the picks we have."

The Flyers have two first-round picks and seven selections in the first four rounds of the draft, to be held June 26-27, making this year's combine more intriguing than usual for the team's scouting staff.

About 120 prospects are going through fitness testing this week at Buffalo's HarborCenter and First Niagara Center. The majority of the testing will be done Saturday.

Scouts and general managers can do one-on-one interviews through Friday, in a process that started Monday.

The Flyers have the No. 7 overall pick and, depending on how the Stanley Cup Finals play out for Tampa Bay, the 29th or 30th selection in the first round. The latter pick was acquired as part of the deal that sent Braydon Coburn to the Lightning.

Defenseman Ivan Provorov (6-foot, 193 pounds) and Zach Werenski (6-1, 201), two-way winger Mikko Rantanen (6-4, 209), and left winger Lawson Crouse (6-3, 200) are among the invited combine prospects whom the Flyers could select with the seventh overall pick.

There are many candidates for their other first-round choice, including left wingers Jake Debrusk and Paul Bittner; centers Pavel Zacha and Travis Konecny; and right winger Daniel Sprong.

"We're doing our due diligence as much as we can - not only at the combine, but our guys have talked to most of these kids during the year," Pryor said. "This is always a good thing because it ties up the loose ends, and you get to spend a little more time with the kids, and not only from the interview standpoint, but from a fitness standpoint."

Fitness testing will include vertical jumps, standing long jumps, pull-ups, leg squats, and bench-presses. There will also be a test to measure the explosiveness of a skater. Players will be measured for body fat, and tested for grip strength and endurance.

Pryor, who is at the combine with the team's entire amateur scouting staff, hinted that the Flyers will select a goalie with one of the picks they have stockpiled in the first four rounds.

The scouting director said that if two players are equal, the Flyers will lean toward taking a forward with their first pick. If there is a discrepancy in their abilities, they will take the best player available.

Pryor believes that after the first two picks, the third through 12th selections are "pretty close" in talent.

The Flyers have four top-flight defensive prospects, but some scouts believe that Provorov, who starred for Brandon in the WHL, may be more NHL-ready than any of them and that he is a future first-pairing player.

"He's acclimated to the North American game and to the language," Pryor said. "He's adjusted really well."