Flyers retain No. 13 spot in upcoming NHL Entry Draft

Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher waits to hear where his team finished in Wednesday night's NHL Draft Lottery. (Zack Hill photo)

There was no repeat of the “Miracle of 2017’’ for the Flyers at Wednesday night’s NHL Draft Lottery selection drawing.

The Flyers, who technically were slotted at No. 14 but placed 13th due to Arizona’s disqualification, stayed in the No. 13 spot for the NHL Entry Draft on June 23-24.

Buffalo, which was in the No. 1 slot prior to the lottery, wound up with the top pick. However, there was a change of places at No. 2, with No. 3 expansion team Seattle moving up one position and the Anaheim Ducks, originally No. 2 falling to No. 3.

Philadelphia made headlines back in 2017 when it moved all the way up from No. 13 to No. 2 and were able to select center Nolan Patrick.

The only time the Flyers have drawn the No. 1 pick came way back in 1975 when they secured center Mel Bridgman.

>Surgery for Hayes

The Flyers announced on Wednesday that center Kevin Hayes recently underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury in his midsection.

Hayes is expected to need about five weeks of recovery time before he can resume offseason training once again.

>Flyers mourn passing of Donna Ashbee

The Flyers Alumni Association was sad to learn of the passing of Donna Ashbee, wife of the late Flyers defenseman Barry Ashbee.

Donna died on Monday at the age of 82. She was beloved by generations of people in the Flyers organization.

Barry Ashbee was on the Flyers’ 1974-75 Stanley Cup championship team. He suffered an eye injury in the Finals that year, had to retire and went on to become a coach the following season.

He passed away due to leukemia in 1977. The Flyers created a Barry Ashbee Memorial Trophy which is annually presented to the team’s outstanding defenseman for the preceding season.

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