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2015 NHL draft: Flyers scouting director says team will take best available player at No. 7

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In a draft as deep as this, it makes sense to keep your options open.

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Aside from Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, who will without a doubt go with the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, the rest of the top 10 is pretty wide open -- and pretty deep.

Luckily, the Flyers have one of those top 10 picks, so chances are that they're going to get a very good player when they step to the microphone for the No. 7 overall pick later this month.

Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor spoke with the Inquirer on Wednesday afternoon, and he hinted that the Flyers prefer to take a forward with that seventh pick, but that ultimately they're going to pick the best player on the board.

Here's how it's shaping up: After McDavid and Eichel, any number of players could go in the next five picks: Dylan Strome, Noah Hanifin, Mitch Marner, Zach Werenski, Mathew Barzal, Ivan Provorov, Mikko Rantanen, Lawson Crouse, Pavel Zacha. Strome is probably the only player on that's a total lock to be gone before No. 7.

Otherwise it's all up in the air, and it all depends on how each team in the top 10 sees these guys. You could probably add a few more names into this potential top 10 list as well.

This is why the Flyers won't be committing to one position, because in a draft like this where there's so much talent, you really never know what's going to be available when you pick. Do you pick for need with a winger like Rantanen, or if a good, potential top defenseman like Hanifin or Provorov are on the board, do you go that way? Or do you load up on another center even though the organization is deep at center?

There are a lot of questions here, and these are arguments that without a doubt will happen -- probably on multiple occasions -- in the Flyers war room over the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are how the Flyers -- or, at least, Pryor -- feel about a few specific guys:

Hearing this makes me think Provorov is high on the Flyers board. They love to draft out of the WHL, and Provorov --  a defenseman from the Brandon Wheat Kings -- certainly fits that.

Rantanen would be the clear pick if they were going just after organizational need, and he wouldn't be a bad pick at No. 7 by any stretch. He's an 18-year-old with good scoring numbers in a top professional league in Europe, and he would absolutely fill a need in the Flyers org., especially if Pryor is right that he can play both wing positions.

Crouse would be a leap at No. 7, but we're talking about one quote from a scouting director three weeks before the draft, so this could mean nothing at all. So maybe don't get too nervous about it.