The Flyers' drafting has been fine – is that enough?
The Flyers' drafting over the years hasn't been as awful as it seems – but is "fine" enough to build a contender?
One of the most common complaints I see about the Phiadelphia Flyers is that they don't draft well. "Their picks never hit." "They're too safe." "Cam York and Jay O'Brien were bad picks when Cole Caufield and K'Andre Miller were sitting right there."
Calling York a bad pick is a bit unfair; he looks like he'll be a very good top-four, maybe even top-pair defenseman. The O'Brien pick is a different story, of course, but at least the Flyers will be getting a compensatory pick either this year or next. If you look at the other prospects on the team and in the pipeline, there are several mid/late-round picks that are either performing well at the NHL level already, or project to perform well when they make the jump full-time.