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Cam Robinson


A Russian named German got Philadelphia's 2016 NHL entry draft off to a solid start.


The first thing that comes to mind when considering the Philadelphia Flyers' pipeline is defense. This is a team that is building from the back end out and they have some serious horses on the way.

However, in an effort to spread the wealth, Ron Hextall and the Flyers’ brass went to the forward well with ferocity at the 2016 entry draft. With four of their first five picks, the Flyers selected an array of talented and gritty forwards. Of their 10 total picks, seven were forwards, two were defensemen and the top-ranked North American goaltender, Cart Hart, wrapped things up.

From a scouting perspective, the Flyers did extremely well in Buffalo, leaving with many players that were ranked higher than selected.

Here’s a quick peak at each selection:

1st Round, 22nd overall – German Rubtsov – C (MHL – Russia U-18 Team)

  • The doping scandal that banished the entirety of Russia’s Under-18 team at the World U18 Championship this spring didn’t help the cause for many young Russian prospects. It obviously wasn’t a concern for the Flyers, however, as they left some nice talent on the board to select the MHL two-way center with their first pick. Rubtsov doesn’t have any one trait that stands out as excellent, but he’s a strong and dependable player who has good hands and great awareness. He projects to be more of a middle-six centre, but with the right talent around him, he could become a high-end 2C.

Here’s what I had to say about him before the draft – Bracketed number represents personal rankings, not a prediction of where he’d be selected.

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">#19: German Rubtsov-Fantastic 2way C offers complete package. Quick acceleration, strong edges and leadership skills. Needs to shoot more</p>&mdash; Cam Robinson (@CrazyJoeDavola3) <a href="https://twitter.com/CrazyJoeDavola3/status/745710884148805633">June 22, 2016</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>{/source}

 2nd Round, 36th overall – Pascal Laberge – C (QMJHL-Victoriaville Tigres)

  •  The former second overall pick in the QMJHL draft made a real run at being a first-round selection this year. A nagging wrist injury early on kept his totals down a bit, but a strong Top Prospect’s Game and second half saw him display his heavy shot, quick acceleration and gritty mentality. He scores goals in a lot of ways and with some more muscle, projects to be a top-six contributor. A standout performance at development camp earned Laberge his first professional deal. He signed his entry-level contract July 14.

Laberge fought through some personal trials last season and discusses them in his piece with The Player’s Tribune. This could turn out to be a very nice selection for the Flyers.

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The story of perseverance from top <a href="https://twitter.com/NHL">@NHL</a> draft prospect <a href="https://twitter.com/pascallaberge">@pascallaberge</a>. <a href="https://t.co/UjvIcvdgrU">https://t.co/UjvIcvdgrU</a> <a href="https://t.co/6B1ixKF9fu">pic.twitter.com/6B1ixKF9fu</a></p>&mdash; The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) <a href="https://twitter.com/PlayersTribune/status/746005026422820869">June 23, 2016</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset