Well by the end of the first round, the Flyers got their puck moving defenseman.
In a move that screams win now, the Flyers traded the 27th overall pick to the Washington Capitals for 24 year old quick, puck moving defenseman Steve Eminger and Washington’s 84th pick. Eminger, a former first-round pick and Kitchener teammate of Flyers’ forward Mike Richards, is loaded with talent but struggled to translate his scoring touch with the Capitals. He was rushed into the NHL by the Caps at the age of 19 and struggled out of the gate. The struggles soon turned mental and Eminger found himself stuck as a 6-7 dman, making many trips between the NHL and AHL. Many believe in the 2007-08 season Steve showed glimpses that he was on his way to breaking out of his mental slump. Experts say a change of scenery will do wonders for him, and hopefully for the Flyers — allow him to reach his high potential.
Eminger’s game peaked in 2001-02 with Kitchener when he scored 19 goals and 39 assists. If he can use the change of jersey to re-inspire his game, this transaction could give a legimate talent (and economic) boost to the Flyers’ blueline.