Flyers pick goaltender, defenseman

June 27, 2009 7:36:46 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Flyers selected a goaltender and a defenseman with their two third-round selections in the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal on Saturday. Philadelphia, which traded away its No. 1 pick (21st overall) in Friday's Chris Pronger deal and had no second-round pick, chose goalie Adam Morrison in the third round (81st overall). With their other third-round pick, the Flyers took defenseman Simon Bertilsson (87th overall).

Morrison played last season for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western (Junior) Hockey League. In 13 games, Morrison had a 2.49 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. The 18-year-old Edmonton native, 6-3 and 166 pounds, was ranked 24th goaltender by the Central Scouting Bureau.

Bertilsson, 6-0, 185, hails from Karlskogan, Sweden, and played in the Swedish Junior Elite League last season, scoring nine goals and amassing 31 points. He was ranked 17th European defenseman by Central Scouting Bureau and also played on Sweden's entry in the World Under-18 Championships.

"He is really good with the puck," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said of Bertilsson. "We're ecstatic we were able to get him."

Philadelphia thought enough of Morrison to send goaltending instructor Neil Little to watch him at Saskatoon. Morrison was a No. 2 goalie on the Blades but will be the starter this year.

"We've done our homework on him and we're very high on him," Holmgren said.

The Flyers, who had no selections in the fourth round, selected goaltender Nicola Riopel in the fifth round (146th overall). Riopel, 20, a native of St. Pie De Bagot, Quebec, played in 59 games for Moncton of the Quebec Junior League last season, compiling a record of 43-11-4 with a 2.05 GAA and .930 save percentage.

In the sixth round, the Flyers chose center Dave Labrecque (153rd overall), a 6-0, 170-pound center from Vanier, Quebec, who played for Shawinigan of the Quebec League, registering 13 goals and 61 points in 59 games.

Later in the sixth round (172nd overall), Philadelphia selected Eric Wellwood, a 5-11, 179-pound left wing from Oldcastle, Ontario. Wellwood played for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Junior League, posting 16 goals and 34 points in 61 games.

In the seventh and final round, the Flyers took defenseman Oliver Lauridsen of Denmark. Lauridsen, 20, 6-6 and 220 pounds, played for St. Cloud State of the Western Collegiate Hockey League last season and had one assist in 28 games.

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