The Philadelphia Flyers own the 11th overall pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and are in position to draft a high-impact/near-NHL-ready player. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports the club may have an eye on a “tough” defenseman like Rasmus Ristolainen (Finland) or Darnell Nurse (OHL). However, Nurse and/or Ristolainen may not be available by the 11th selection. If they aren’t available ESPN Insider/NHL scout Grant Sonier suggests another imposing defenseman Mirco Mueller of the Everett Silvertips (WHL) may also suit the Flyers.

Sonier says “Mueller is a big, elite, smooth-skating D-man, he has an excellent first pass that will help the Flyers get the puck out of their own end and to the firepower up front. I don’t think Mueller really knows how good he can become, but over time I see him playing in the top-two parings. His transitional game, lateral mobility and puck-retrieving are all dimensional, and when he physically matures, he has a chance to be one of the top players out of this draft class. Added strength is needed, but that can be addressed easily enough at the pro level.”


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