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Flyers Saturday Draft Recap: Prospect Analysis & Video

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The Flyers wrapped up their weekend as host of the NHL Draft by generally staying true to their order and selecting a total of six players as part of their 2014 class. With Friday’s first round pick Travis Sandheim already in the fold, Ron Hextall and company had five later picks to continue to flesh out a prospect pool that, for all intents and purposes, is pretty barren. Here are the team’s picks from Saturday with a brief synopsis and supporting highlight videos when available.

2nd Round-Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Forward, 5’11”, 180 lbs. Alberta-CHL

2013-14 Stats (Playoffs): 22 Goals, 31 assists (4 goals, 13 assists)

Prospect Analysis (courtesy of Hockeysfuture.com):

With great wheels and a motor that doesn’t quit, Aube-Kubel’s hard-working and high-energy style of play makes him a versatile addition to any lineup. Whether it is driving the net to create scoring chances or back-checking to prevent them, Aube-Kubel fits the blueprint of a player who can slot into many roles and situations at the next level. With his offensive talents still blossoming, it is hard to say what sort of player he will finally develop into, but he is sure to be the type of player that coaches love.

3rd Round-Mark Friedman, Defenseman, 5’11”, 185 lbs. Ontario (Juniors)

2013-2014 Stats: 10 goals, 30 assists

Prospect Analysis (courtesy of CSNPhilly.com):

Friedman, a 5-foot-11 defenseman, finished Central Scouting’s rankings 124th among North American skaters. An 18-year-old offensive defender, the Toronto, Ontario native scored 10 goals and 30 assists in 51 with Waterloo last season, his second year in the USHL. Friedman is the second defenseman drafted general manager Ron Hextall and the 10th blue liner drafted by the Flyers in the last three years

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5th Round-Oskar Lindblom, Left Wing, 6’2″, 187 lbs. Sweden

2012-2013 Stats (most recent): 313 goals, 28 assists for Brynas U-18

Prospect Analysis (courtesy of Hockeys Future)

Lindblom goes hard to the net and likes to stick around once there. He’s someone who offers up his body in the corners and in the slot. Decent hands in tight and does have an eye for finding his linemates. Can play a corner rotation game. A player who is ready to go where it hurts and take punishment to make things happen. Lindblom is defensively aware and plays the game in all three zones. Sometimes shows some above-average cleverness and tends to enjoy the trust of his coaches.

Lindblom is not particularly fast nor a skater whose agility and movement sticks out at you. Seems to make no impact from more than 5-10 feet within the goal. Not a player who makes things happen much, but more a benefactor who can complement better skill players. Tends not to make an impact in games where his team needs players to step up. Lindblom has decent size, but doesn’t necessarily have a frame conducive to the addition of a lot of weight.

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6th Round-Radel Fazleev, Left Wing, 6’0″, 180 lbs. Russia (CHL)

2013-2014 Stats (Missed time with wrist injury): 5 goals, 20 assists

Prospect Analysis (Courtesy of Eliteprospects.com):

A creative playmaker with some raw but impressive tools. His skating while effective at the junior level could use some improvements. He battles along the wall and finishes his hits. His shot is strong and he has good touch around the net.

7th Round-Jesper Pettersson, Defenseman, 5’9″, 187 lbs. Sweden (SHL)

Prospect Analysis (Courtesy of Eliteprospects.com):

Pettersson is a defensive defenseman. Although small in stature, he is very stocky and plays like a much bigger man. He likes the rough stuff and blocks shots. Might also have some offensive upside.

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