Since 1980, the Flyers have not had much success with goalies they drafted — they have chosen 45 of them in that span — or signed as free agents before they played for another NHL team.
There are some exceptions, and they hope Alex Lyon, a free-agent signee in 2016, is one of them. (The jury is still out on drafted goalies like Anthony Stolarz, Carter Hart and Felix Sandstrom.)
Here are some of the notable goalies the Flyers have drafted since 1980 or signed as free agents:
Ron Hextall (drafted in 1982): Had a high-quality 13-year NHL career and was the ultimate competitor.
Dominic Roussel (drafted in 1988): Never made a big impact and was the No. 1 starter in just one season.
Tommy Soderstrom (drafted in 1990): He played two uneventful years with the Flyers before being dealt to the Islanders to reacquire Hextall.
Johan Hedberg (drafted in 1994): Had some good seasons in a 12-year career, but never played with Flyers.
Brian Boucher (drafted in 1995): Solid goalie who played most of his career in a platoon situation.
Antero Niittymaki (drafted in 1998): Serviceable goalie who was the No. 1 starter in two seasons.
Roman Cechmanek (drafted in 2000): Had three very good seasons, but was 9-14 in the playoffs.
Sergei Bobrovsky (signed as a free agent in 2010): A two-time Vezina winner with Columbus. Enough said.
Note: The Flyers drafted Pelle Lindbergh in the second round in 1979.