Flyers pick Bourdon and DeSerres

June 21, 2008 7:04:33 PM PDT
The Flyers were beaten to the punch on the goalie they wanted on the first day of the NHL Draft, so they made up for it by selecting two goaltenders on Saturday's second day. After choosing defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon 67th overall with the first of their two picks in the third round, the Flyers drafted goalie Jacob DeSerres (87th overall). They added another goalie in the seventh round, picking up Swedish goaltender Joacim Eriksson with the 196th pick.

The Flyers wanted to land goalie Chet Pickard in Friday's first round, but he was taken by the Nashville Predators 18th overall, one spot before the Flyers were due to make a selection. They opted instead for Swiss defenseman Luca Sbisa.

The 6-foot, 215-pound Bourdon plays for a Rouyn-Naranda team in Northern Quebec. He was ranked as the 125th North American skater by the Central Scouting Bureau.

"I did score a lot in junior but I like to play physical too," said Bourdon. "I'm going to the Flyers and that's the way they like to play too, so I think it's a good (fit)."

DeSerres plays junior hockey for Seattle in the Western Hockey League. The Central Scouting Bureau ranked the 6-2, 195-pound Canadian the No. 6 goaltender in North America available in the two-day draft.

"I'm a pretty big guy, but I think I'm very fast for my size," DeSerres said. "I'm aggressive when I can be, but I'm patient in a way I wait for the shot to be taken and wait for the player to react before I do.

"I'm not a purebred butterfly goalie, but I do have that style incorporated in how I play," he said.

Eriksson was the backup goalie on both the Swedish U-18 national team and on the gold-medal winning Swedish World Junior Championship squad.

The Flyers also added center Zac Rinaldo in the 6th round at pick No. 178. The 5-11, 169-pound Rinaldo is an agitator for Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League. He was fifth in the OHL in penalty minutes with 191 in 63 games.

The Flyers traded their final draft pick in the seventh round to Anaheim in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft.

"I'm happy with the draft," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "We restocked our cupboard in certain areas, and adding (Washington Capitals defenseman Steve) Eminger (in a late first round trade) can help the Flyers right away."


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