GM Chuck Fletcher and assistant GM Brent Flahr certainly had an interesting draft. They stunned the Flyers faithful by drafting Cam York 14th overall Friday night and their second-round pick sat at #45 with plenty of talent still left on the board.
Well, the Flyers opened the second day of the draft with a bang by trading up to acquire the 34th pick and drafting the highly touted stud, Bobby Brink. The Flyers didn’t snag the sniper everyone wanted in the first round, but they got a very good pick in the second. Brink was considered by many experts to be a top-20 pick, so him falling was a golden opportunity for Fletcher to pick up a long-awaited goal scorer.
Brink put up 35 goals and 68 points in only 43 games in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers, winning USHL Player of the Year honors. He possesses elite level hockey IQ and is incredibly crafty with the puck. His skating isn’t quite up to par according to some scouts, but his vision and creativity put him one step ahead of his opponents at all times. Here are some examples:
I think you get the picture, he’s good. Very good.
In round 3, the Flyers went back to the blue line to snag another USHL stud. This time, it was overager Ronald Attard. He put up great numbers for the Tri-City Storm, which is expected from an overage player, but he still scored 30 goals. No matter how you look at it, 30 goals from a defenseman in a good league is quite the accomplishment.
Attard plays a very aggressive style of defense. He’s not afraid to throw his big 6-foot-3, 207-pound frame around and uses it to his advantage in all areas of the ice. His sound defense and offensive explosion allowed him to be named the USHL Player of the Year.
In the following rounds, the Flyers proceeded to draft Mason Millman (D), Egor Serdyuk (RW), Roddy Ross (G) and Bryce Brodzinski (RW).
Millman played in his first OHL season and performed quite well, notching 25 points on a solid Saginaw squad.
Serdyuk was a sneaky good pick at #165. He was ranked in the top-100 by many and was over one point-per-game in QMJHL last season with the Victoriaville Tigers. While he isn’t an imposing force physically, he’s a good playmaker that could explode for a big season in 2019-20. He led all rookies in goals (25) and points (65) in the Q.
With their other sixth-round pick, the Flyers finally took a goalie, Roddy Ross. He put up steady numbers in the WHL, splitting time with Liam Hughes as the starter. He was 16-5-1 on a weak Seattle team and posted a 2.76 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
With their final pick, they selected Bryce Brodzinski who had seven goals in 19 games for the Omaha Lancers. He will head to the University of Minnesota next season.
Overall, this was a great first draft for Fletcher and Flahr. They smartly acquired and traded away picks to get the players that they saw as good fits for the organization. While fans are still upset with not picking Caufield in the first round, York and Brink are excellent players with high upside that will see the NHL in a few years.
Draft Grade: B+