We’re coming to the end of the potential draft targets series, where Josh takes the silver lining from the Flyers bad and painful to watch play by looking at young players the Flyers could go after in this year’s draft.
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I know, another defenseman, but hear me out! Callan is a second generation defenseman, is father, Adam, recently had his number retired by the Colorado Avalanche, joining Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg as the only Players to do so. But enough about Adam, because it’s Callan’s time.. until his brother Nolan gets drafted in 2019, but we shall cross that bridge when we come to it.
Callan is a very aggressive defenseman who is responsible on both sides of the puck. He is used on the top powerplay as well as the penalty kill in Kelowna, playing with flyers’ prospect Carsen Twarnyski, giving flyers brass an extra glimpse at the young defenseman. He also fills another need for the flyers, as he stands 6’3, 209 pounds, and he’s only 18. The flyers currently don’t have a defenseman over six foot, but have a few coming in the pipeline. Oh, and he’s right handed, which is a big need in the pipeline. If it weren’t for a genius signing by Hextall to pick up Phil Myers, all high level D-prospects would be left handed.
Despite having Myers, Sanheim, Morin and Bernhardt bringing size and skill in the D pipeline, it can never hurt to add another high end prospect to the pool. He currently has 41 points in 52 games. He racks up tons of assists while adding the occasional goal, but he always jumps in the play when the opportunity arises. Like most kids his age, he doesn’t use his size for physical play just yet, but does use his big frame to win puck battles.
His draft stock has rose tremendously over the year, so the chances of him falling to Philadelphia are seemingly unlikely. Watching Callan, he reminds me a bit of John Carlson of the Washington Capitals, but more offensively gifted.He’s described as having “elite mobility” that makes him a strong defender in his own zone, and his offensive moving passes should have Dave Hakstol drooling to add him to the system.