The Flyers got themselves some depth.
The Philadelphia Flyers rounded out their 2018 NHL Draft with five picks in the final four rounds, going with two centers, two defensemen, and a goalie. Ron Hextall made it imperative that he’d like to add depth and went with a well-balanced approach in filling out the final parts of the draft.
4th round (112th overall) – John St. Ivany
Weight: 198 lbs
2017-18 Team: Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
St. Ivany is the right-handed defenseman that the Flyers wanted to target. He played in the USHL last season and is committed to Yale University to play his collegiate hockey.
St. Ivany is a puck-moving defenseman with good size. He showed huge improvement after going undrafted last season.
Here’s a bit more on St. Ivany:
Goes by the name Jack… recorded 36 points (6g-30a) in 54 games for Sioux Falls…his 30 assists ranked first on the Stampede this season…scored one goal and added two assists in three playoff games this season…ranked 119th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings…selected to All-USHL Third Team in May…named to U.S. Junior Select Team for World Junior A Challenge in 2017 where he played five games and contributed two assists…tallied 10 points (1g-9a) in 52 games for Sioux Falls in 2016-17…competed with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings in 2015-16 and recorded 13 points including 10 assists in 31 games…will attend Yale University in the fall.
5th round (127th overall) – Wyatte Wiley
Weight: 192 lbs
Team: Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Wylie is another right-handed defenseman that the Flyers drafted late in this year’s draft. He plays for the Everett Silvertips in the WHL.
Wylie is a two-way defenseman that can play on both sides. He can move the puck well while also playing on the penalty kill. He was a late riser this season and could continue that growth in the coming years.
Here’s a bit more on Wylie.
Completed his second season playing for his hometown Everett Silvertips (WHL), becoming the first player from Everett Youth Hockey to play for the Silvertips… won the team’s Iron Man Award and Most Improved Player Award for the 2017-18 season… played a year of junior hockey in Dallas in 2015-16 before returning home to Everett… was drafted by the Silvertips in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft (6thround, 128th overall)… teammate of Flyers prospect Carter Hart the last two seasons.
5th round (143rd overall) – Samuel Ersson
Weight: 176 lbs
Team: Brynas J20 (SuperElit)
The Flyers got another draftee from Brynas, following in the footsteps of forward Oskar Lindblom and fellow goaltender Felix Sandstrom.
Ersson played in 40 games with a .920 save percentage with the J20 team this season.
Here’s a bit more on Ersson.
Played in 40 games, including one shutout game for Brynas Jr. of the Sweden-Jr. league with a 2.53 GAA and .920 save percentage this season…competed in three games in the 5 Nations tournament for SWE U-20 where he recorded a 2.67 GAA in 180 minutes played…appeared in one SHL contest for Brynas IF, current Flyer Oskar Lindblom’s former club…played in 14 games for Brynas U-18 with a 1.64 GAA in 2016-17…also played in 12 contests for Brynas Jr. during the same season where he posted a 2.95 GAA and .906 save percentage…awarded J18 Best U-18 goaltender in 2016-17…named J18 Elit (West) Best GAA with 1.45 and Best SVS% with .940 after his 2016-17 season…tallied four shutouts in his 2015-16 season.
6th round (174th overall) – Gavin Hain
Weight: 194 lbs
Hain is another center for the Flyers after drafting Jay O’Brien in the first round.
Hain is a two-way forward who was a teammate of first-round pick Joel Farabee this season. He chipped in 15 goals while playing primarily in the bottom-six. He will play for North Dakota this fall.
Here’s a bit more on Hain.
Posted 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points in 61 games with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program… member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team that took second place at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Chelyabinsk and Magnitigorsk, Russia, and the team that placed fifth at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in in Břeclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia… previously played two years at Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where he was named to the USA Today All-American 1st Team and the Minnesota State High School State Class AA Hockey All-Tournament Team in 2016-17… will attend the University of North Dakota in the fall.
7th round (205th overall) – Marcus Westfalt
Position: Center/Left Wing
Weight: 203 lbs
Team: Brynas (SuperElit/SHL)
The Flyers have heavily scouted the SHL, and Brynas in particular, to land another Swedish player.
Westfalt is a big, strong center who played in 31 games as a teenager in the SHL. He is a defensively sound center who plays a North American style game.
Here’s a bit more on Westfalt.
Spent most of this season playing for Brynas Jr. with 27 points (12g-15a) in 26 games…in 31 games with Brynas (SHL) he added one goal and three assists…also competed in eight playoff games on the season for Brynas…appeared in seven games for Sweden in the 2018 U-18 World Championship where he scored two goals…played in five games for Brynas U-18 and contributed five points, including three assists…earned the Hlinka Memorial Bronze Medal and the U-18 WJC Bronze Medal this season…tallied 15 goals and 40 assists in 34 games for Brynas U-18 in 2016-17…also competed in 15 contests for Brynas Jr. last season where he recorded five points (3g-2a)…was named J18 Elit (West) Most Assists with 26 and Most Points with 36 in 2016-17…scored seven goals and added 14 assists in 19 games for Vallentuna Jr. in 2015-16…ranked 37th among European Skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s ratings…teammate of fellow Flyers draftee Samuel Ersson this season in the BIF system.
All in all, it was a productive and quiet draft for the Flyers. With free agency on it’s way, things are sure to be heating up across the league.
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