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2021 NHL Draft: Flyers select Ty Murchison 158th overall

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Another defenseman from California, you say?

2021 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Carlee Calfee/NHLI via Getty Images

How are we holding up, Flyers fans? The draft is still happening, the picks are rolling in, and the Flyers have picked up another defenseman!

With their 158th overall pick, the Flyers have selected Ty Murchison from the US National Team Development Program. Murchison put up modest scoring numbers in his draft year, with three goals and two assists in 23 games played (USHL) and seven goals and eight assists in 48 games played (USDP). He brings good size (6’2”, 192 pounds), but could still stand to get a little stronger. And while there’s still some polishing that needs to go into his game, all told, there’s a lot to like. He’s a smooth skater, and strong passer, and can transition the puck well. He brings a quick shot that he can get through traffic well, and that’s made him particularly effective on the power play. His defensive game needs some polishing, but his instincts are generally good, and he’s able to make use of good stick work to break up plays. The fundamentals are good.

And we have two fun facts!

He also joins the likes of Cam York and Jack St. Ivany in the group of Flyers defense prospects from California, which is pretty neat!

Murchison will kick off his collegiate career with an Arizona State University program that just seems to be on the rise.