LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren speaks on the phone during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2012 NHL Mock Draft: Flyers Going Defensive

The NHL draft is set to take place tomorrow and Saturday in Pittsburgh

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NHL Draft Results 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Select Goalie Anthony Stolarz in Round 2

The Philadelphia Flyers used their second-round pick (No. 45 overall) in Saturday's 2012 NHL Draft to select goalie Anthony Stolarz, who played with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the NAHL this past season.

Stolarz, a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder who has signed to play at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, was actually cut by two Eastern Junior Hockey League team's last summer. But the 18-year old landed with Corpus Christi and impressed, posting a .920 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against average.

The Flyers used their first-round pick Friday night to select Scott Laughton, a 6-foot, 177-pound center who played with Oshawa of the OHL during the past season.

Laughton was fifth on Oshawa in points with 21 goals and 32 assists for 52 points. He also played for the Canadian national team at the 2011 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament -- and he was the hero, scoring the game-winning goal in the gold medal game.

Read more about the Flyers at Broadway Street Hockey and SB Nation Philly. For additional news, notes and analysis on the NHL draft and headlines around the league, be sure to check out our dedicated NHL hub page.

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2012 NHL Draft: Rounds 2-7 Preview, TV Schedule

Rounds 2-7 of the 2012 NHL Draft take place Saturday at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center, with television coverage beginning at 10 a.m. on the NHL Network.

The Philadelphia Flyers used their first-round pick (No. 20 overall) to select center Scott Laughton, who played with Oshawa of the OHL last season. The 6-foot, 177-pounder was fifth on the team with 53 points, including 21 goals and 32 assists. He has also competed for the Canadian junior national team, notching the game-winning goal in the gold medal game of the 2011 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Laughton was considered a bit of a reach in the first round, as he was projected in most places as a second-rounder.

Read more about the Flyers at Broadway Street Hockey and SB Nation Philly. For additional news, notes and analysis on the NHL draft and headlines around the league, be sure to check out our dedicated NHL hub page.

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Philadelphia Flyers To Host 2014 NHL Draft

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be hosted by the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

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NHL Draft 2012: Results, Draft Order, TV Schedule And More

The NHL Draft starts tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The Edmonton Oilers have the first selection in the draft, while the Philadelphia Flyers will make their first selection with the 20th pick in the first round.

The entire draft will be televised live, with the first round being aired on NBC Sports Network Friday night. The NHL Network will air rounds 2-7 starting at 10 a.m. The first round draft order is below.

Draft Order:

1. Edmonton Oilers

2. Columbus Blue Jackets

3. Montreal Canadiens

4. New York Islanders

5. Toronto Maple Leafs

6. Anaheim Ducks

7. Minnesota Wild

8. Carolina Hurricanes

9. Winnipeg Jets

10. Tampa Bay Lightning

11. Washington Capitals (from Colorado Avalanche)

12. Buffalo Sabres

13. Dallas Stars

14. Calgary Flames

15. Ottawa Senators

16. Washington Capitals

17. San Jose Sharks

18. Chicago Blackhawks

19. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit Red Wings)

20. Philadelphia Flyers

21. Buffalo Sabres (from Nashville Predators)

22. Pittsburgh Penguins

23. Florida Panthers

24. Boston Bruins

25. St. Louis Blues

26. Vancouver Canucks

27. Phoenix Coyotes

28. New York Rangers

29. New Jersey Devils

30. Los Angeles Kings

Read more about the Flyers at Broadway Street Hockey and SB Nation Philly. For additional news, notes and analysis on the NHL draft and headlines around the league, be sure to check out our dedicated NHL hub page.

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2012 NHL Mock Draft: Flyers Linked To Derrick Pouliot

With the NHL Draft tonight, almost everyone with a mock draft published have the Philadelphia Flyers going defensive with the 20th pick.

In his latest mock draft, Kevin Allen from USA Today have the Flyers taking defensman Derrick Pouliot from the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.

20. Philadelphia Flyers: D Derrick Pouliot, (5-11, 190 Portland, WHL). Considered to have good offensive potential, Pouliot, left, had 11 goals and 59 points in 72 games last season.

Here is what Winterhawks' General Manager Mike Johnston had to say about Pouliot,

“As a player, Derrick has great vision, excellent puck skill, and is a guy who is very good at helping the team escape the defensive zone in a hurry. I think his vision and his puck movement, his ability to control the pace of a game, his ability to join the rush, quarterback a power play, and be a cornerstone in many parts of the game is what attracts attention.”

Read more about the Flyers at Broadway Street Hockey and SB Nation Philly. For additional news, notes and analysis on the NHL draft and headlines around the league, be sure to check out our dedicated NHL hub page.

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NHL Mock Draft: Philadelphia Flyers Go Defense

Jordan Schmaltz is the Philadelphia Flyers draft pick in the latest NHL mock draft.

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2012 NHL Mock Draft: Slater Koekkoek Linked To Flyers

With the NHL Draft just a day away now, the mock drafts are at a premium and SB Nation's own Defending Big D blog projects the Philadelphia Flyers selecting Slater Koekkoek.

Koekkoek is an 18-year-old Canadian playing in the Ontario Hockey League. He was a first round selection of the Peterborough Petes in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection and won a world gold medal last year in the under-17 competition.

This is what Big D had to say about the potential Koekkoek selection of the Flyers:

The flyers could have the real steal of the first round here picking up a talented potential top pairing defenseman. It helps add strength and point production to their blueline.

You can read more about the Philadelphia Flyers at Broad Street Hockey. For more on the NHL draft and additional news, notes and analysis around the league during the season and offseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated hub page.

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Amid Draft Rumors, Flyers Should Stay The Course

For years the Flyers have had no consistent direction, opting for younger players to help the club, only to be cast aside in favor of seasoned veterans, then attempting to get younger again. The current youth movement has the team on the right path.

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Holmgren, Flyers Hope To Re-Sign Carle, Improve Defense As NHL Entry Draft Approaches

GM Paul Holmgren hinted at a quiet upcoming week leading up to the NHL Entry Draft, but sometimes the apparent calm precedes the storm as the Flyers attempt to improve their blue line heading into the new season.

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