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2009 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers select G Nicola Riopel with 142nd pick

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The Philadelphia Flyers have selected another goalie with the 142nd pick -- Nicola Riopel from the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. He won two awards in the Q this past season: the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy for the league's lowest GAA and the Michel Briere Memorial Trophy for player of the year.

Riopel compiled a 2.05 GAA and a .930 save percentage in 59 games with Moncton this past season.

Wildcats head coach Danny Flynn told Sportsnet the following early in the 08/09 season.

"From what I've seen my last few years at camp, he's right there with all the goalies I've played against and played with at NHL camps. There's no doubt in my mind he has what it takes to be an NHL goalie or an NHL prospect. He's very focused, he's very dedicated, he's very committed to being the best he can be and it's great to see someone who puts so much into something get his just rewards. If Nic continues to improve, and I know how committed he is, I think he has a chance (of playing in the NHL)."