These are the flyers first 2 rd selections in the 2016 draft.The flyers still have 7 picks left in the draft with 4 rds left.Overall this is a solid start too the draft for the flyers.We shall see how the last 4rds play out for the flyers.
Logan Brown “Massive playmaking two-way center with a lethal shot who’s been centering Windsor’s top line all season. The son of Ottawa 67’s head coach Jeff Brown — a former all-star defensemen in the NHL — Logan is a physical specimen indeed, using a massive wingspan and strength to win his puck battles and transition quickly to offense. He can be a joy to watch, using above-average speed but a powerful long stride and reach to protect the puck off the rush. He’s an excellent passer, blessed with a sixth sense to anticipate and dissect the defensive scheme presented to him. Brown owns a very heavy shot — one of the draft’s best among forwards — which he can fire with accuracy off the pass via a quick release. He was a bit pass-happy the first few months of the season, but his coachability and dedication towards refining his all-around game resulted in a goal-scoring explosion since January.”
Riley Tufte Tufte’s imposing size is the first thing scouts notice, as the forward casts quite the shadow at 6 feet 5 inches and weighing in around 200 pounds. However, it’s not just his size that has NHL teams dreaming on his potential — Tufte potted an astounding 47 goals in just 25 games in his high school season, and added 10 more in his 27-game USHL stint. Tufte’s size, skating ability and lethal shot are all weapons that could turn Tufte into a consistent 25-plus goal scorer in the NHL. For such a tall young player, Tufte exhibits strong all-around skating ability and balance, albeit with room for improvement when it comes to top-end speed. His long reach is also quite the asset when protecting the puck in cycle situations and when driving to the net, and he uses his size effectively along the boards to muscle smaller opponents off the puck.
Bret Howden Heady playmaker with good size and a “Follow Me” attitude who played on Moose Jaw’s top-six thanks to a combination of strong hockey sense and tenacity. One thing we noticed is how fine a passer he is — especially off his backhand — and how he threads the needle across long distances. Brett isn’t as fast as his brother (and 2010 first rounder) Quinton, but he makes up for it with the kind of no-quit attitude and sound positioning necessary for teenage centers to exploit the obvious advantage in puck skills.”
Tyler Parsons came out of nowhere as an undrafted OHL rookie in 2014-2015, demonstrating the potential to become the London Knights’ starter with a strong showing in 33 games. After posting a .905 save percentage, Parsons entered his draft season as the presumed starter for one of the OHL’s most famous teams. Despite entering the season as one of the biggest question marks facing the Knights, Parsons has turned in one of the finest performances of any OHL goaltender and played in the 7th-most most games league-wide.
While Parsons doesn’t have the prototypical size for an NHL goalie, standing just 6’1” and weighing in under 190 pounds, Parsons more than makes up for it with what is among the best athleticism in this draft class. Parsons specializes in making spectacular saves, as he is ultra-quick when moving laterally and has strong legs to push across the crease. His impressive progression has caught the eyes of many, as shown by his invite to Team USA’s World Junior evaluation camp (although missing out on the final roster), a rarity for a pre-draft goalie. Stickhandling is a strength of Parsons’, as he can act as a third defenseman with long stretch passes and icing the puck in penalty kill situations.
Givani Smith Smith is a real strong winger who plays a heavy game and will flex his muscle to intimidate opponents into moving the puck if needed. He finishes his checks and is a force on the forecheck. Smith uses his size to his advantage, protecting the puck along the wall, swiveling his hips to keep control and adjust his protection as needed. He does a good job of fending off his check with his free arm and shows no quit in his game in all areas he tries to get control of the puck. He possesses solid puck skills, controlling the puck well in tight, but tends to look down and puck watch, seeing it get away from him at times. Smith isn’t the flashiest of players, but when he keeps it simple, he has plenty of success. He has good ability to quickly move the puck to the side of his body just enough to get off a deceptive wrist shot with power generating from his hands, which are higher than usual, and there’s not a lot of weight transfer. He doesn’t have impressive speed, but he is a real force on the attack when he gets chugging along. Smith possesses good agility, but can be a bit choppy off the start. He loves the get into the best position to get the puck and/or scoring spot, driving hard to the net and looking for a pass and/or rebound opportunity countless times throughout the game.