With a little over a week left until the 2014 NHL Draft, rumors are starting to swirl about the Philadelphia Flyers, who currently hold the 17th pick in the first round of the draft, which will be held in South Philadelphia.
According to Edmonton Oilers insiders Jack Michaels and Bob Stauffer, the Flyers are in hot pursuit of the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, held by the Florida Panthers. It is commonly presumed that the No. 1 pick will be used on 18-year old defensive prospect Aaron Ekblad, currently of the Barrie Colts of the OHL. Ekblad had 23 goals and 30 assists in 2013-2014 for the Colts in only 58 games, and is considered to be very competent offensively and defensively.
This report comes with another one by Hockey Buzz’s Josh Rimer, who says that Vincent Lecavalier, who was reported to be on the trading block, would waive his no-trade clause to go to Florida. This news suggests to some that the Flyers and Panthers have discussed the possibility of a trade, and that Lecavalier would be a part of any deal that sends the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia in exchange for No. 17. It is also presumed that the Panthers would demand at least another very solid young player or prospect, perhaps like current RFA Brayden Schenn.
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