Flyers’ Hextall: ‘We’ll listen’ to calls on No. 2 pick, doesn’t anticipate deal

Posted: 13/06/2017 in NHL, Sports
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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall expects his club to be on the podium when the second overall selection is made at this year’s draft.

Speaking at the NHL Combine on Friday, Hextall admitted that the team is listening to calls regarding the No. 2 pick, but that he expects to keep it.

“I’ve said this a couple times, but we’ll listen,” Hextall said, according to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman. “I’m not doing my job if I don’t listen. You never know what’s going to come along. As I said initially, I don’t anticipate trading the pick but you never know what comes along. You gotta be open to making your franchise better. If something comes along that makes us better we’ll consider it. But I do anticipate making the pick.”

The Flyers finished the season with the 12th-worst record in the NHL, but were gifted the second overall selection at the draft lottery.

The pick will be the team’s highest since 2007 when the club drafted current Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk second overall.

With Nolan Patrick as the consensus No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, it’s looking more and more likely that the Flyers will end up plucking Halifax Mooseheads forward Nico Hischier.

That is unless someone is able to sweep Hextall off his feet.

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