Recapping the Flyers Day 2 of the 2019 NHL Draft
After taking defenseman Cam York following a trade down to pick fourteen, the Flyers still had plenty of work to do before calling the 2019 NHL Draft complete. The Flyers wound up making seven picks during the final six rounds of the draft, after making two pick(s)-for-pick swaps on the floor. Here's the newest players to join the Orange and Black.
RW Bobby Brink
Selected: Round 2, Pick 34
Team: Sioux City Musketeers (BCHL - Committed to Univ. of Denver)
Stats: 43 GP - 35 G, 33 A, 68 PTS
After jumping back into the second round by acquiring pick 45 from Arizona, the Flyers decided they weren't done dealing. Chuck Fletcher sent picks 45 and 65 to the Nashville Predators to move eleven spots, where the Flyers took Bobby Orr Brink. Yes, that is his actual full legal name.
While most fans were disappointed the Flyers passed on Caufield at fourteen, Brink possesses a lot of the same traits as his fellow American winger. Brink has a knack for goal-scoring, as evident by his nearly goal-per-game pace at the BCHL level. Brink also has very good hockey IQ, allowing him to make smart plays.
Like Caufield, there is a size concern with Brink (he's just 5' 8'' and 165 lbs). The main area separating the two is skating, where Brink needs a bit more work. However, the Flyers have hit before on players with high skill but needed to improve their skating (Oskar Lindblom and promising prospect Matt Strome to name two). Brink could very well become an impact scorer at the NHL in the future.
D Ronnie Attard
Selected: Round 3, Pick 72
Team: Tri-City Storm (USHL - Committed to Western Michigan Univ.)
Stats: 48 GP - 30 G, 34 A, 64 PTS
Being twenty years old, Attard has already been passed over entirely in each of the last two NHL drafts. However, the over-age defenseman posted a breakout 2018-19, hitting the 30-goal mark and captaining the Storm to the playoffs.
As a right-handed defenseman, the odds of making it pro will be a little bit more in Attard's favor. Still, he has a lot of work to before he takes to NHL ice. The good news is his strong frame (6'3'', 207 lbs) and his older age could help him sign his ELC sooner rather than later. Until then, he'll be at Western Michigan, the same school as Flyers right-wing prospect Wade Allison.
D Mason Millman
Selected: Round 4, Pick 103
Team: Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Stats: 66 GP - 3 G, 22 A, 25 PTS
You ever had a moment where you felt old? Seing Millman, who is just over three months older than me being picked, qualifies as such for myself. The good news for the Flyers is that Millman is much better than hockey than I am, which isn't saying much. Millman is a good skater and smart player, the latter of which seems to be a prevelant trait in all of Fletcher's first four picks.
NHL Central Scouting had Millman ranked 125th among North American Skaters. He had an ok first full season in the OHL with Saginaw. Perhaps more importantly, he is the third defenseman taken in four picks by Fletcher and company, showing their desire to restock the defensive prospect pool. At just 17, the Flyers are banking on big improvements from Millman in the years to come.
RW Egor Serdyuk
Selected: Round 6, Pick 165
Team: Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL)
Stats: 63 GP - 20 G, 45 A, 65 PTS
An 18-year old coming off a point-per-game rookie season in the Q? Sign me up. Serdyuk, a Russian born winger who came over to North America last year, put up very solid numbers for an 18-year old. Central Scouting ranked him as the 71st North American skater.
Serdyuk, who played on his off-wing with Victoriaville, has an excellent shot and, you guessed it, has good vision and hockey IQ. At just 5'11'', 165 lbs, there's work to do. But this certainly isn't a bad bet at pick 169. In fact, it's the perfect high-ceiling pick you should look to make in the later rounds.
G Roddy Ross
Selected: Round 6, Pick 169
Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Stats: 25 GP - .919 SV%, 2.76 GAA
There is a classic saying that you can never have too many goalies. Apparently, the Flyers are taking that to heart. Ross is an eighteen year old netminder who started the year in the AJHL. He put up very solid stats in limited action for Seattle. He's 6'2'', which is about avergae size for a goalie these days. Obviously, the Flyers have had success recently taking a goalie from the WHL - they're hoping Ross can turn out to be even half the goalie that Carter Hart will hopefully become.
RW Bryce Brodzinski
Selected: Round 7, Pick 196
Team: Blaine High (Committed to Univ. of Minnesota)
Stats: 23 GP - 32 G, 44 A, 76 PTS
Bryce, the brother of LA Kings defenseman Jonny Brodzinski, might fool some with his gaudy numbers. But you'd expect that from a high-school player. He also played 19 games in the USHL, putting up a solid 17 points. He is very good with the puck on his stick, both in terms of putting the puck in the back of the net and setting up teammates. And being 6'0'' actually makes him one of the bigger players the Flyers wound up picking.
Oh, and one last funny note. The Flyers traded their final 7th round pick (#201) to Montreal for their 7th next year. The funny part? The two clubs have made that exact same trade three years running. It's their funniest moment together since the Hextall-Chelios fight.
(All Stats, Teams, and Info Courtesy of Elite Prospects)