Flyers have to get it right in Hischier

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Only one other time have the Philadelphia Flyers drafted number two overall in the NHL Draft. That was in 2007 when James van Riemsdyk followed future Hall of Famer and number one overall pick, Patrick Kane.

Ten years later, the Flyers are without ‘JVR’ but have the second overall pick in the NHL Draft. Friday night at the United Center in Chicago, GM Ron Hextall has a monster chance to elevate his Flyers team forward after a season that saw the franchise take a giant leap backwards.

The Flyers are expected to select Halifax center Nico Hischier, who played in Halifax this past year. Although unlikely, if the New Jersey Devils select the Swiss forward we will likely see the Flyers opt for Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Personally, Hischier is the best fit for this team moving forward. The Flyers already have dead weight on their roster in Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek and will unfortunately have to continue paying their outrageous contracts. Why? Because no other team in the league wants either player with their respective cap hits.

Nonetheless, Hextall, Hakstol, and the Flyers have to push on and put other guys in the right place the best they can and it starts with Friday’s number two overall pick.

At 6-1, 175 Hischier is tremendous. He’s a dynamic skater who’s quickness separates him from everyone else in his class. He has good speed and has an elite hockey sense. He seems to always know where to be on the ice and is a magnet for the puck.

Hischier rocketed up the rankings after raking in 86 (38G, 48A) points in 57 games for the Halifax Mooseheads this past year. Over the last few years his offensive output and growth have risen aggressively.

There’s been heavy comparisons to Pavel Datsyuk. That’s a bit excessive, however, not bad to at least be mentioned in that conversation. Still, the Flyers could most certainly use a scorer of that caliber on a team who registered one 30-goal scorer and only four players over 50 points. The anemic Flyers offense needs a shot of skill and production, Hischier is that player.

It will be nice to see the likes of Travis Konecny and Wayne Simmonds play alongside this 18-year old kid.

Steve Kournianos of ‘The Draft Analysis‘ had this to say about Hischier:

“Hischier is an elite center with off-the-charts puck artistry and swift skating that combine into a lethal package. Sly and dangerous, he can strike at a moment’s notice. His agility and escapability are unmatched among draft peers, and at 18 years old his hockey sense is on par with the world’s best young players of any level. And he’s far from just a finesse player — Hischier is a fierce competitor who hates losing whether it’s a one-on-one puck battle or a seven-game series. He can kill penalties, lend support down low and do his best at physically moving opponent’s off the puck. Hischier has a good, accurate shot but it’s the way he fakes and jukes that makes beating goalies all the more simple. Blessed with sick hands, poise and a keen sixth sense, he is next to unstoppable once he takes the puck below the hashmarks.”

Mike Morreale of NHL.com:

“Hischier’s elite skill and hockey sense is combined with a complete level that allows him to be effective in any style of game. Hischier (6-1, 176) was 10th in the QMJHL with 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) in 57 games and was named rookie of the year and best pro prospect in the league.”

I personally believe the Flyers are going to end up with the best player of this draft. Nolan Patrick is real good player, don’t get me wrong, and the Devils will have themselves a franchise player to build around. All things considered, Hischier is the complete package in my book and based off the people I have spoken to about him, I don’t seem to be in the minority at all.

Let’s hope the Flyers get this one right.

Been a while…

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It’s been a tad long since I last posted something as a lot has happened in my life since the last time we were here. For this post, I’ll produce bullet points to cover the events over the last month or so.

  • After nearly six years I left my full-time position at The Barclay Group and began a new challenge and journey with another company in Bala Cynwyd, PA. It was a timely change and a blessing as well. I’m in a different spot in my life one where lots of responsibilities are about to become even greater. BG just couldn’t be in my future and that’s just a fact. I’ll miss the camaraderie I developed there, the friendships, and the experience. It was a great place to work for nearly 72 months. I’m grateful for them.
  • Started my new gig on May 30th and it’s been stressful. It is a whole new world and protocol. I am getting the hang of it and things have began to run smoother for me. I am very lucky to be in the situation I am in and am thankful for the opportunity. God continues to provide and I have to trust that He always will.
  • My Bachelor party is set! My groomsmen are second to none. They really are. I do not deserve them. Nonetheless, we will all be heading to Brooklyn, NY on August 20th for ‘The biggest party of the Summer’ WWE Summerslam! Exciting doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling about this. There isn’t a more perfect situation for a Bachelor party designed for me. This will be a night I’ll always remember and sharing with my best friends in life means everything.
  • Sadly, I’m beginning to come to the realization that my baseball ‘career’ is coming to an end. Physically, I feel better than I ever have. I’m 30 but I feel 20. There’s extenuating circumstances as to why I’ve reached this point and I won’t get into them here but after 25 years it may be time to ride off into the sunset. We will see what happens after July. I won’t need to make a decision until January of 2018 but as of right now I don’t envision myself running on a diamond next summer. There’s a lot of things I want to do with my weekends in the Summer than baseball. That’s just life and it moves in waves. I don’t get paid to play the game and that’s OKAY, which means I have that choice to do whatever I want, when I want on my terms. No commitments or stress (except stress that I create).
  • Crossfit has been amazing the last month or so. My strength has really elevated and I have finally began feeling confident in my abilities and lifts. It took a year but my goodness it’s worth it. I also have to thank Sean Sowney and Steve Clark for aiding me in my deadlift and back squat. I’m reaching numbers I never thought I’d reach. I’m excited for the future.
  • Morgan and I have dove head first into our wedding planning. We have putting together our table settings, invitations, and other ‘wedding’ related things the last week and it’s been stressful yet exhilarating. It’s really cool to be involved and have your creative ideas come to life in front of you. Morgan is phenomenal at everything she does and watching her piece every idea together has been riveting, to say the least. The finished product of things are far from finished but the rough drafts are pretty damn cool. Looking forward to everyone seeing the finished product on October 14th. No sneak peaks for anything till then! 😉
  • Friday will be the last REVO of the school year at our church. I cannot believe it’s already June and youth nights are over until September. To see the changes in these kids and young adults have been inspiring. I cant wait to see what God has in store for them. It’s been an honor mentoring them and I’m excited for next year.

There’s been a couple other things I’m sure but I can’t think of them right now. Oh well, this is more than enough.

I pray all of you have a wonderful and healthy weekend and Father’s Day! Lord knows how important my Dad is to me so I hope all the Dad’s across the nation feel loved everyday.

God bless,

CD