Back in February, we gave you five players that the Flyers could potentially go after in this year’s draft. Now with the standings looking a bit different and the Flyers possibly messing up their own draft position here are five more talented players that could wind up in the Flyers system.
Check out the last batch of potential draft targets
LW, Sioux City, USHL.
Outside of Oskar Lindblom, the Flyers haven’t had a left wing prospect who looks like he could be a game changer for the NHL team. They could add to their forward prospect pool if the Flyers were to draft this talented Finn. A month away from turning 18, Eeli Tolvanen is coming off a dominant sophomore season in the USHL, and an outstanding display at his first WJC tournament, with 7 goals in 7 games. He also added two assists for 9 points on a Finnish club that was desperately missing the dynamic line of Sebastian Aho, Jesse Puljujarvi and of course, Patrik Laine.
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Tolvanen also added two assists for 9 points on a Finnish club that was desperately missing the dynamic line of Sebastian Aho, Jesse Puljujarvi and of course, Patrik Laine. Eeli has 29 goals and 22 assists for 51 points in 48 games for the Sioux City Musketeers and is committed to Boston College, which has a knack for bringing in raw talent and raising them to be superstars. Eeli is likely a Top-10 pick in this draft ranked by scouting sites anywhere from 9th to 12th. With their late-season surge, it’s seeming like the flyers will finish on the outside, but it’s impossible to predict exactly how the board will fall.
Tolvanen is a fast winger who can separate himself from opposing players and knows how to get set up in scoring position. Here’s SB Nation’s scouting report on the winger:
Eeli Tolvanen, Forward, Finland, 5’10” 174 lbs. 4/22/99
Tolvanen took the somewhat unconventional route of coming to North America to play in the USHL this past season and had success with the Sioux City Musketeers. Tolvanen is a smooth, strong skater that can be disruptive to the opposition’s defense with his speed. He’s got great acceleration which allows him to create separation over short distances. He also works hard away from the puck to set himself up in good scoring positions. He has a smooth handle of the puck and can get surprising velocity on his shot.
Tolvanen would help bolster a forward group that hasn’t gained as much attention as the Flyers defensive group.