NHL Mock Draft: Philadelphia Flyers Go Defense

May 8, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers players Philadelphia Flyers center Maxime Talbot (27), right wing Wayne Simmonds (17), center Brayden Schenn (10) and right wing Matt Read (24) sit on the bench after they lost to the New Jersey Devils in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center. The Devils defeated the Flyers 3-1, to win the series 4 games to one. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

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

It seems as the Philadelphia Flyers are thinking defense in the 2012 NHL draft. They won't officially make a selection until the draft begins on Friday, but as of Thursday, the mock drafts are everywhere. And everywhere you'll look, the Flyers will be pursuing defense.

In this particular mock, Jordan Schmaltz is at the center of Philly's attention

This American defenseman is a great skater. He has a pro one-timer already. His excellent stick and puck control is something the Flyers like. He currently needs more of a challenge, and therefore will attend North Dakota in the fall. He once had a verbal commitment to play for the University of Wisconsin at the age of 14 (really!).

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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