Flyers get defensive in draft

PITTSBURGH _ Throughout their history, the Flyers have had problems producing quality, home-grown defensemen and goalies.

Maybe that's why they drafted so many of them this weekend, hoping there is strength in numbers and that SOME will blossom.

Out of their seven picks, four were defensemen and one was a goalie.

"We're very happy with the way things turned out," said Chris Pryor, the team's director of hockey operations.

Their No. 1 pick, however, was center Scott Laughton.

"You can never have enough strength up the middle," Pryor said. "Our guys had Scotty rated higher" than some of the marquee defensemen that were available.

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The Flyers' PR staff won the Dillman Award, presented to the Eastern Conference's best media-relations unit. It was a well-deserved honor for a group headed by Zack Hill.

Nashville won in the West.

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