Danny Briere: “We Never Thought Michkov Would Be There”
The Philadelphia Flyers are relevant again! The organization made drastic changes to the front office this season, ushering in the Danny Breier/Keith Jones era of Flyers hockey. The duo used the dreaded “R” word that previous GM’s treated like Harry Potter’s friends treated Voldermort. They refused to say “rebuild.” But one of the first things Briere did when getting the job was admitting that the team would be trying to get younger through a rebuild and there was a definitive plan in place. The plan took shape at the draft.
In a year where Connor Bedard became a household name to even the non-hockey fan, the Flyers grabbed another franchise talent in Matvei Michkov with the 7th overall pick. Michkov, who dropped in the draft because of a 3 year contract with his KHL team, would likely have been the 1st overall pick in any other year. Getting a player of Michkov’s caliber at 3 was a coup.
“It was an exciting draft… We never thought that a talent of Matvei Michkov’s level would be available at 7,” Briere told the group. “This was one chance to get a player of that caliber because of everything that’s happening in the world, so we’re pretty excited. The downside is we have to wait for him a little bit, but it kind of fits what we’re trying to do.”
The Flyers made an interesting move in the 2nd and 3rd round by taking back to back goaltenders. Briere went on to explain the philosophy behind those selections.
“I know a lot of people raised an eyebrow when we drafted back-to-back goalies in the 2nd and the 3rd round. We didn’t have a 2nd round pick, so we wanted to move up and make sure we secured a goalie because we didn’t draft one last year. We want to keep building the stable of goaltending in the organization.”
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