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Thursday Morning Fly By: Is it a lottery if we all lose?

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Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Flyers news and notes…

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*The balls were drawn and, in a way kind of befitting this cursed hockey season, the results were nearly identical to the pre-draft order. So it’s lucky number 13 for your boys! [BSH]

*So what should the Sabres expect from Owen Power and his top-tier hockey name, if they choose to take the consensus route? [The Athletic]

*We learned yesterday that Kevin Hayes had surgery to repair a sports hernia and things went well. [NBC Sports Philly]

*No one likes excuses but this does kinda explain why he looked like crap for most of the season. He’ll be fine for camp, though. [Inquirer]

*Now that the first round is behind us, we can reflect on a few things that should make us feel something resembling “positive” about the Flyers right now. [BSH]

*The nominees for this year’s Ted Lindsay award were announced yesterday. The Lindsay is essentially the league MVP as decided by the players, so the names are no real shock. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Joe Thornton has been one of the favorite Old Guys Without A Cup for the last... many years among lots of hockey fans. Does he need a Cup to be considered one of the best? [NBC Sports Bay Area]

*Checking in on the World’s tourney, which heads into the quarterfinals. [BSH]

*And finally, when it comes to this year’s Conn Smythe, there’s really only one name to consider. Trailer Park Boys alumnus Nathan MacKinnon. [The Athletic]