When you think of some of the greatest Flyers of all time, clearly you have to start with Bobby Clarke. A former 17th overall pick for the Philadelphia Flyers who would go on to win 2 Stanley Cups and 3 Hart Trophies. But after that you have a guy like Bernie Parent who was undrafted, Eric Lindros was infamously drafted by the Quebec Nordiques after saying he'd never play there, John LeClair was originally in Montreal, Reggie Leach and Mark Howe were drafted both by Boston. The fact of the matter is that up until just a few years ago, the Flyers never really had many chances to actually draft a player who would drastically alter the franchise's course of history. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were probably the best draft picks the Flyers had made since Bill Barber in the early 70s.
Then you get to Claude Giroux. The first captain since Bobby Clarke who will have the chance to lift the Stanley Cup over their head in a Flyers sweater next season after the Flyers go out and acquire either Patrik Laine or Alex Pietrangelo this offseason. One of the 3 most important draft picks in the history of this organization to go along with Bobby Clarke and Carter Hart. So when Bob Clarke steps up to the podium to make this momentous decision that would forever alter the course of Philadelphia Flyers history....
Ummmm, whoop, I forget.
First moment for Giroux in Philly was a little rocky. Then it's been a pretty bumpy road along with the way with some great teams and some aggressively shitty teams. But again, you make a trade for Laine at the draft today and continue to build off of this past season and keep the development of Carter Hart on track? Next thing you know, the kid whose name the general manager forgot at the draft will be handed the Cup first.
Just a little inspiration for any of the kids who get picked up in the draft tonight or tomorrow and the GM freezes on the Zoom call trying to remember your name.
P.S. - Lafreniere, Byfield, Stutzle