Dear Copper and Blue Community,
I’m calling as the GM of the Philadelphia Flyers attempting to make a deal. It’s no secret that we here in Philly need help on the back end. We believe in the hype that this year’s draft is one of the best in recent memory and would like to make you an offer. We would like to make a deal involving your eighth overall pick without having to give up our eleventh overall pick.
Looking at the Oilers roster, the Flyers and Oilers could be very compatible trading partners. You guys could use a proven top six forward, another top-9 forward, and a top 4 defender. Here are the pieces that the Flyers think would fit into those holes.
Matt Read scored 47 points in 79 games as a 25-year-old rookie. He followed that up this year with 24 in 42, which is roughly the same pace as last year. With Read being an older player, he might have hit his ceiling, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a very good player. He can play the PP or the PK and best of all, he still has one more year left on his entry level deal paying him under a million bucks a year.
Scott Laughton was drafted 20th overall in last year’s entry draft. After 53 points in 64 games as a draft eligible 17-year-old, Laughton took his game to a new level this year. He earned a five game tryout with the Flyers, and impressed with his two way ability. His 56 points in 49 games in the OHL this year was a nice boost over last year. He finished his season scoring 3 points in 6 games in the AHL. Laughton projects as a center who can play against other teams top players, and could possibly do it next year. I think if he’s a Flyers he’ll be with Couturier on our shut down line. I am not too familiar with the Oilers system, but I’ve done a fair share of research and I don’t think you guys have a two-way center prospect at the level of Laughton. Ian Laperriere, who is now a scout for us, has said that he’s been told by other scouts that Laughton has been the best player in the OHL this past year.
Nick Cousins was our third round selection in the 2011 draft, a pick acquired from our Jeff Carter trade with Columbus. We snagged Cousins when he put up 68 points in 68 games in his draft eligible year. He was anointed our top prospect after he improved his point total to 88 in only 65 games in his second year in the league. He was the center of a sexual abuse case this summer, but was not charged and all of that seems to be in his past. His hockey game took off this past year as he lit up the OHL to the tune of 103 points in only 64 games. He projects as a potential second line offensive winger with questions about his defensive ability. He’s compared to Brad Marchand by everyone, so that should speak for his role as an agitator.
Nick Grossman is only 27 and he’s signed until 2016 at only 3.5 million dollars per. He was on the flyers top PK unit, which finished top-5 in the league and is a big, strong, porch clearing defender. He’s not the quickest or the best with the puck, but he is smart enough with his positioning to make up for it. He’s extremely physical along the boards and in front and could provide an immediate boost at a great price.
Andrej Meszaros is only signed for one more year at a modest $4 million. At 6’2” 223 lbs. his skating and puck moving abilities are quite impressive. At only 27 years old he’s put up 32 points or more 4 times already. He won the Flyers’ top defender award in 2010-11 over Kimmo Timonen and would be a great fit as a top-4 puck mover in Edmonton.
2013 41st overall, 71st overall (and all of our later round picks)
2014 (still have all of our picks)
Our offer is any of the above forwards, either of the above defenders, our 41st overall, and our 2014 second round pick. You guys drop from 8 overall to 41st this year, pick up a second rounder next year, get a top-6 forward, and a top-4 defender?
What are your thoughts?