After a disappointing season, the Flyers have to start making player development a priority. The 2013 NHL Draft will be held on June 30, and it may seem far away, but the Flyers really need to focus on their options when they head into the first round.

Since the Flyers have the No.11 pick, they will not draft well sought after defenseman Seth Jones, who is likely to be drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. Their next best option would be to draft the second ranked defenseman Darnell Nurse.

According to’s Adam Kimelman, the Flyers might not have the opportunity to draft Nurse either. In his first installment of the NHL’s mini-mock draft, Kimelman instead has Nurse going to the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 7 pick and the Flyers drafting Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from TPS in the first round.

Kimelman thinks the Flyers will pick Ristolainen mostly because a “big, tough, nasty blueliner is something the Flyers have needed since Chris Pronger left the lineup.” The 6’3”, 200 pound defenseman is practically built to be a Flyers defenseman and he has a Pronger-esque mean streak which is something we like in Philadelphia.

If the Flyers don’t jump at the chance of signing this emerging defenseman, it will be a huge mistake. The Flyers flaws have always been due to a lackluster defense so their top priority is to start developing young defenseman. In this year's draft, they have to seriously consider drafting Ristolainen in the first round before another team scoops him up.