NEWARK -- With the 162nd pick, the Flyers have selected a goaltender who will no doubt fight Steve Mason for the starting gig this season. That's a joke. They've selected Harvard commit Merrick Madsen from Proctor Academy in New Hampshire.
Madsen, standing tall at six-feet-four-inches, wears size 14 skates. NHL scouts have grown more impressed with him since the start of the season as he went from 34th in the Mid-Term Rankings to 26th in the final rankings of North American goaltenders eligible for the draft.
His coach is impressed by Madsen's strengths, but equally boasts of his goaltender's ability to identify weaknesses and improve on them. "He's got great feet. He moves post-to-post very well. He has been working on his glove and getting better on the shots upstairs," said Walsh.