Taking a break from sitting at the Flyers’ table, general manager Paul Holmgren met with reporters during the fourth round of Sunday’s NHL Entry Draft, the only round in which the Flyers didn’t have a pick. For only the fourth time in team history, the Flyers used both of their first two picks on defensemen. In 1976, a year after the Flyers drafted Holmgren, it was Mark Suzor and Drew Callander, two players who didn’t amount to much in the NHL. In 2013, it’s Sam Morin and Robert Hagg, blueliners the Flyers hope can be a big part of their future. A reason the Flyers started this year’s draft by nabbing two defensemen is the same reason for a lot of things they’ve done recently: the salary cap. “Obviously to have young players that you have developed and (are) ready to play, they’re cheaper,” Holmgren said. “The more you have, the better off you’re gonna be.” The Flyers considered trading back from their spot at No. 11, but when the 6-foot-6 behemouth was still available, Holmgren said it was an easy decision to take Morin. Hagg, a Swede picked 41st overall, was appearing in some mock drafts in the first round and the Flyers were happy he slipped to them. The Flyers think the 6-foot-2, 193-pound defenseman can become special because of his size, skating and ability to play the puck. Hagg idolizes former Flyer and countryman Peter Forsberg and talked to him about Philadelphia, but he expected to be drafted by someone else. He had only had one conversation with the Flyers at the combine.
Flyers put the accent on 'D'
Courier-Post | Jul 1