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Flyers hoping to strike gold in draft " beyond first round, too

Flyers hoping to strike gold in draft " beyond first round, too
Published On: Sat, Jun 03
December 27, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux (28) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

While most of the focus has been on which player the Flyers will select with the No. 2 overall choice " Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick figures to fall to them " they also will have 10 other picks in the June 23-24 draft.

You have to hit on your first-round pick. You also have to hit on some late picks, general manager Ron Hextall said in a conference call with reporters on Friday, and our guys to this point have done a really good job. Weve got to continue on. You cant take one player out of the draft and be a successful franchise.

That has been one of the reasons behind the Penguins success. Yes, Pittsburgh struck gold with first-round picks Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin many years ago, but it also hit the jackpot with third-round picks Matt Murray (83rd overall in 2012) and Jake Guentzel (77th overall in 2013).

Guentzel is a strong candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the top player in this years playoffs.

The Flyers best picks, beyond the first round, were Shayne Gostisbehere (third round in 2012) and Oskar Lindblom (fifth round in 2014) in recent years. The jury is still out on many others.

Hextall interviewed more than 70 prospects during his four days at the scouting combine in Buffalo before returning Thursday. Maybe one of the prospects will be the next Guentzel. Or Murray.

The fitness part of the combine began Friday and will continue Saturday. The Flyers have other team representatives watching the prospects perform.

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