The Philadelphia Flyers have the 7th and 22nd overall pick in this year’s 2023 NHL entry draft. Philadelphia notably made a trade with the St. Louis Blues giving them Kevin Hayes and in return getting a sixth-rounder in the 2024 draft.
Unlike previous years, Philadelphia is in a full rebuild mode and was able to retain their newly acquired 22nd pick by trading defenseman, Ivan Provorov, to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The last time the Flyers had the 7th overall pick is when they drafted Ivan Provorov in the 2015 NHL entry draft. This past season the Flyers made a lot of big changes.
In addition to the firing of former GM, Chuck Fletcher, the Flyers hired Danny Briere as GM, and Keith Jone as President of hockey operations. The team also came out with new jerseys and a new slogan, “A New Era Of Orange.” While trading away Provorov, Hayes, and rebranding may seem minute to some; unlike previous years this is a change in the right direction.
This year’s draft class is the best the NHL has ever seen with talent ranging from some of the best forwards to high-end defensemen. Briere and Jones know what they need to rebuild this team and it starts with having a strong forward who can put pucks behind the net.