NEWARK, N.J. _With the 11th overall pick in the NHL draft Sunday, the Flyers selected Sam Morin, a raw but talented 6-foot-6 200-pound defenseman.
The Flyers bypassed Ryan Pulock (100 mph slapper) and 6-5, 228-pound Nikita Zadorov, two defensmen rated much higher.
Morin was rated No. 32 by International Scouting Services. He is a stay-at-home defender.
The 17-year-old Montreal native was the fourth defenseman to be drafted by the Flyers in the first round since 1988 _ and the first since Luca Sbisa in 2008.
In the second round (41st overall), the Flyers selected defenseman Robert Haag, a mobile 6-2, 204-pound defenseman from Sweden. He was actually ranked one slot higher, at No. 31, by the International Scouting Services.
Colorado used the first pick to select center Nathan MacKinnon at the Prudential Center in Newark.
MacKinnon figures to be a high-quality player, but i tt says here the Avs will regret not taking defenseman Seth Jones, who has the tools to be a franchise player.
In a stunner, Florida selected center Aleksander Barbov No. 2. He was the fifth-rated prospect by the International Hockey Service. Tampa Bay took Jonathan Drouin at No. 3 before Jones went to Nashville at No. 4.
That means the Preds have Shea Weber and Jones _ who was rated No. 1 by Central Scouting _ on their blue line.
That just doesn't seem fair.
Edmonton drafted defenseman Darnell Nurse, Donovan McNabb's nephew, at No. 7. Nurse was high on the Flyers' wish list.
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