Flyers director of scouting assesses the draft choices

Travis Sanheim #32 of the Calgary Hitmen skates with the puck past Jaedon Descheneau #14 of the Kootenay Ice during a WHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 15, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Here is what Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor had to say about each of the six draft choices:

1st Round (17th overall) – Travis Sanheim, D, Calgary (WHL)

6-3, 189 lbs.

Born March 29, 1996 in Elkhorn, Manitoba (age 18)

Pryor: “He probably has talked to a few of our guys already but I think if you get consensus throughout the scouting community I mean he’s on his way, he’s kind of a upper trend, he started out coming up into the league, no one really knew about him by the end of the league he was one of the bigger contributors in April on the Canadian team. So that tells you his growth this year and our scout Mark Greig says he is a big guy, skates well, handles the puck, got some poise and it may be repetitive here but once again he’s on the upper trend.”

 2nd Round (48th overall) – Nicolas Aube-Kubel, RW, Val d’Or (QMJHL)

5-11, 187 lbs

Born May 10, 1996 in Slave Lake, Alberta (age 18)

Pryor: “Nicolas Aube-Kubel is another guy that probably is a little bit under the radar, probably a little over shadowed a little bit over Val d’Or because  the big line he played a lot of minutes there. Todd Hearty and Simon [Nolet] saw a lot of him in Val d’Or in the Quebec league. We are excited because I think next year you are going to see big things from him, because he is going to get some of that quality ice time.  So we are expecting he is going to have a big year coming up.  He brings speed, he is a good hockey player and he is competitive. Those are attributes from a forward side that are pretty exciting.”

3rd Round (86th overall) – Mark Friedman, D, Waterloo (USHL)

5-10, 185 lbs

Born December 25, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario (age 18)

Pryor: “Our guy in the USHL saw a lot of Mark.  He is going to Bowling Green next year. 5’10”- 5’11” competitive, skilled defenseman. He plays both sides of the puck, he’s got some skill and can run the power play, he is mobile, and he competes and he is going into a good situation at Bowling Green – he is going to get a lot of ice time. He committed real early, people are going to ask about Bowling Green. Why Bowling Green? Well they stepped up early, and he committed and he stuck with his commitment so he is going to attend Bowling Green in the fall and we will see what happens.”

5th Round (138th overall) – Oskar Lindblom, LW, Brynas Jr. (Sweden)

6-0, 185 lbs

Born August 15, 1996 in Gävle, Sweden (age 17)

Pryor: “I think if you were to look at, and we were to have a conversation last summer with him there is predictions that he could have been late 1st, early 2nd round pick. He had a really good tournament with the Under 17’s last year and for whatever reason it happens, he slipped a little bit this year. We were on him from day 1, we’ve seen him a lot this year, he’s got a big body, a lot of skill. From the blue line in he’s really good. Like I said he could have been an easy early 2nd pick and we didn’t think he’d be there when we picked him there.”

6th Round (168th overall) – Radel Fazleev, C, Calgary (WHL)

5-11, 174 lbs

Born January 7, 1996 in Kazan, Russia (age 18)

Pryor: “One thing about Radel, he plays a North American game. Hardworking kid, plays both ends. He had a little trouble… he got hurt a little bit this year so he is a little under the radar but if you look at his playoff numbers he had really good numbers in the playoffs, so I think you are going to see as with Travis Sanheim they are both kids that are on the upper trend. So right now he is trying to out for the under 20 team in Russia, so he has a really good chance of making that under 20 team in Russia next year.”

 7th Round (198th overall) – Jesper Pettersson, D, Linkoping (Sweden)

5-8, 180 lbs

Born July 16, 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden (age 19)

Pryor: “Well he is a little bit older guy.  He has been through the draft a couple times already, but just by the scouting fraternity we have seen him a lot in the last couple years.  Not overly flashy guy, just plays the game the right way, he’s not big but he’s very thick, he’s competitive, got a good stick, has a really good head for the game, and he plays the game the right way. He is a big leader with the Swedes this year, I think they missed him, he got a suspension there at the end of the tournament.  They got a little pushing and shoving with a Russian, he got kicked out for the last game and I think it really hurt the Swedes there. So I don’t know if you guys remember the kid we had Freddy Meyer a few years ago, he has kind of a similarity there. Not real big but he’s really solid on his feet, highly competitive and he’s a character kid. Each one of these kids have spent a lot of time with individual scouts so they stepped up on these guys and they like them.”