aPRIL 30, 2018 | 3:04pM ET
FLYERS MAY PACKAGE BOTH 1ST ROUND PICKS
Ron Hextall, GM
As part of the Brayden Schenn trade with the St. Louis Blues last summer, the Flyers will be picking 14th in the upcoming NHL Draft.
The first-round pick the Flyers obtained from the Blues was lottery protected, and with the Blues not winning one of the first three spots, the pick will indeed belong to Philadelphia.
In addition to the 14th overall selection via St. Louis, Philadelphia will be picking 19th with their own first-round pick.
According to Dave Isaac of the Camden Courier Post, the Flyers may look to use their two first-round picks to trade up, possibly into the top-five, of this year’s draft to land one of the highly touted forward prospects.
With the Flyers looking to become more of a contender next season, it’s logical to assume that General Manager Ron Hextall may be looking to draft a more NHL-ready player.
The Flyers will have forward spots available next season, as Hextall revealed this week that the team does not plan to bring back pending free agent forward Matt Read, while the futures of Valtteri Filppula and buyout candidate Jori Lehtera are still up in the air.
Forwards like Dale Weise and pending restricted free agent Taylor Leier fell out of favour from the coaching staff late in the season, and both could end up in the AHL if they don’t impress in training camp.
Wayne Simmonds has been at the centre of numerous trade rumours since training camp, as his future as a Flyer moving forward is uncertain.
Two forwards the Flyers would likely target are Boston University’s Brady Tkachuk and Czech Republic sniper Filip Zadina if they do in fact find a way to slip into the top-five. Both are natural left wings (while Tkachuk also plays centre), a position the Flyers are not particularly deep at.