Weekly Buzz: Another Trade And An Eventual Buyout For The Flyers – FanSided

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 06: Andrew MacDonald #47 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes a slapshot against the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 6, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

What Does Matt Niskanen Bring To The Philadelphia Flyers? by Benjamin Gabrych

This week’s serving of Broad Street Buzz content you might have missed.

We kicked off the week with another Philadelphia Flyers only three round NHL mock draft, with a full seven rounder soon to come.

Continuing with our Free Agent Profile series, Matt Duchene is far and away the best centerman to potentially hit the free agent market and should be under consideration from the Flyers if they’re unable to sign Kevin Hayes.

Raphaël Lavoie has an excellent offensive skill set, but a slight knock on his defensive game could have General Manager Chuck Fletcher looking elsewhere at 11th overall.

Flyers 2015 Third Round pick and goaltending prospect Matej Tomek left his NCAA team and will play professionally in Slovakia for the 2019-20 season.

Philadelphia coughed up a fifth-round pick in the Hayes deal last week so we took a look at fifth-round selection through the past decade to see just how valuable that pick can be.

Fletcher made another trade! The Flyers acquired Matt Niskanen from the Washington Capitals for Radko Gudas in a swap of defensemen.

Gustav Nyquist would be an excellent wing option for the Flyers due to his talents on offense, but the cost might be too high if Hayes is signed and the Restricted Free Agents are taken care of.

Y’all, it finally happened. Philadelphia placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on unconditional waivers with the purpose of terminating his contract with the team. Fletcher finally went through with the buyout we’ve all been waiting for.

Niskanen will likely play in the Flyers Top-4, and possibly top pairing, when next season starts, so what does he bring to the team on the ice and in the locker room?

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The 2019 NHL Entry Draft is already this Friday. Expect a solid amount of prospect spotlights and a full Flyers only seven round mock to come leading up to June 21st.

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