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Will the Flyers Trade Up, Make a Big Splash on Draft Day As Well?

Jun 28, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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Kudos to the 76ers for embracing a long-term vision at the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The rebuilding effort will be long and at times painful, but honestly it can’t be any worse than the long and frequently painful death march to mediocrity we’ve become accustomed to from Sixers basketball.

It’s not often the Sixers steal the spotlight in Philadelphia, but it’s safe to say they’ve done exactly that with a shakeup nobody could have seen coming. The NHL selection process is right around the corner now though – on Sunday to be exact – and the Flyers are no stranger to blockbuster moves on draft day themselves.

Will Paul Holmgren try to one-up Sam Hinkie?

The Flyers aren’t likely to make any trades that change the very face of the franchise this weekend. The plan as of now is to extend Claude Giroux’s contract, while Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier are supposedly “untouchable” as the building blocks of the team’s young nucleus.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Homer is necessarily content to pick at No. 11, either. While the Flyers’ GM says he is willing to take the best player available in their current slot, it sounds like what he would really like to do is come away from the draft with an “franchise player” – somebody who could contribute at the NHL level immediately.

And yes, Holmgren is ready to trade up to accomplish that goal – perhaps as high as into the top four picks. Tim Panaccio has more:

Trades have become a common occurrence at the draft with the Flyers. What the scouts wouldn’t mind is moving higher to get into “impact” territory.

“You have to be prepared to do anything if the right thing comes up,” Holmgren said. “Every day there is more and more talk around the league. I’ve talked to more guys in the last few days. There is certainly potential for movement of picks up and down. I think some teams are looking to trade their pick for the right player.”

Again, all Holmgren would say was he feels he needs to get higher than seventh to find an impact player.

“Where we are at, we’ll get a good player at 11,” he said. “If we can move higher, and get into the guys you really like who you feel are franchise players, you probably got to get up to the top four.”

No. 4 is a long way up, so it’s unclear what the Flyers would have to send back in a swap. As long as Schenn and Couturier are untouchable, there aren’t many players left on the roster who are both expendable and enticing to the moribund franchises picking at the top. Does it take a package that involves future first-round picks to get it done?

Then there’s a question of whether or not teams are even looking to trade out of those spots.

And just who might the Flyers be targeting up there? Holmgren insists he will take the best player available, but acknowledges this a deep draft for defensemen, a clear position of need. The only blueliner going in the top six in a lot of mocks is Seth Jones, and he probably won’t slip past Florida with the second choice overall.

Perhaps they’re not looking to get into the top four at all. It’s no secret the Flyers really like D-man Darnell Nurse, nephew of Donovan McNabb. He may not be available at 11 however, so they could consider moving up just a few spots to snag him, especially if he is climbing up draft boards.

Of course, there’s no rule that says they have to trade up and go D, either.

One thing is almost for certain, and that is the Flyers will not have a quiet draft. We’ll just have to wait and see what that means exactly.

>> Flyers still plan to draft best available at 11 [CSN]

  1. bill - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    gimme valeri nichushkin! who cares about the defense! :)

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  2. Andy Schreiber - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    This is the deepest draft in a LONG time. Hope the Flyers do something to move up and/or get more picks.

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    • Sean R - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Trade Coburn for the 7th and maintain the 11th and I’d do it. Two solid prospects and impact guys. Or Trade Coburn and the 11th for EDMs 7th, a second round pick and another pick

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      • nyphilsphan - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        People keep saying Coburn for the 7th. Why would Edmonton make that trade???

      • Andy Schreiber - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Love the idea of having the 7th & 11th picks in this draft! Nurse *could* be there at #7!

      • Mostel - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        Maybe people meant to say Coburn for a 7th rounder?

  3. BenE. - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    There is no way the Flyers trade for the 7th pick without having to give up the 11th, unless it’s a king’s ransom that would absolutely have to include Scooter or Schenn. Pick your poison, I guess. Very deep draft, though. The Flyers could actually trade down for a great defenseman and STILL get a great prospect. Hell, they could trade out of the 1st round altogether and still get an extremely good prospect.

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    • Mostel - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Can we trade Hartnell and the 11th for a higher pick?

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  4. BenE. - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    The Canucks don’t want to use a buyout on Luongo and have to pay him all that money, and since they can’t find a team to trade him to, they are reportedly shopping Corey Schneider. Asking price is rumored to be a 1st and a prospect. Thoughts on the Flyers going after him? He is signed through 2014-15 at $4 million per year. Affordable enough and two years gives us a great look at Steve Mason.

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    • BenE. - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      This comes from Darren Dreger, by the way, who is very reliable.

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