31 in 31 Series: Philadelphia Flyers 2018 Draft Review and Development Camp Notes

Edric Joseph




It was more of the same for the Flyers on the 2018 draft floor as they made savvy, good-value picks that are calculated gambles in the worst case. Not a lot of flash, although this year’s crop of picks makes up for it in substance.  While the team wasn’t busier and normal, for a draft day, they had some accommodations to make with their draft boards as they were without a third-round selection as that pick went to Detroit to complete the Petr Mrazek trade. On the plus side, the team had a second first-round pick due to last year’s Brayden Schenn trade and a second fifth-round pick after the lower-profile Nick Cousins trade with Arizona took place. The team started with nine picks and made selections with eight of them after having dealt one away. With those eight selections made sound investments with each relative to the rounds that the players were selected. Will have to wait and see like most prospects this side of Connor McDavid, that being said the team bolstered its depth and breadth of prospects at all positions with this draft day haul. Needless to say, Hextall and company did well with their selections.


Round 1 – 14th Overall: Joel Farabee, LW


It started at the tail end of the lottery for the Flyers where they selected Joel Farabee 14th overall. They get a good hard-nosed winger that can get his hands dirty in the corners. Bonus that he has good hands that allow him to create for others. Not unlike a lot of players on draft day, size is a concern. Addressing this caveat will only help him in future scrums along the boards. That being said, the Flyers liked what they saw leading up to the draft and have continued to be enamored with what he has to offer. See development camp notes below for more information. He has two-way forward potential in the style of a Mikael Backlund with regards to how he approaches the game. He will look to ply his trade and fi