The 2017 NHL Draft wasn’t going to have the headline players there were in 2016 or 2015. Chances are there wasn’t going to be an Ivan Provorov on the board that was so close to NHL ready as the Top 10 was rounded out and the middle picks of the first round were selected.
So when the Flyers were projected to pick 13th overall, it was comparing apples to oranges essentially. There would be a nice, quality prospect available, but nobody to get overly excited about immediately. There would be the usual development process and the excitement, in the upcoming season at least, would be more about the kids from drafts in 2013 and 2014 getting closer to playing in the NHL.
And then Saturday night happened and the Flyers luck changed. The lottery handed them a Top 3 pick at second overall. And suddenly, the Flyers were gifted a top prospect that could be a game-changer in the long run and NHL ready next season.