With an overall disregard and an organizational back turn on drafting young talent, the Flyers prospect system is among the worst in the NHL. And as of Friday, by officially losing the rights to goaltender and lead prospect Joacim Eriksson, along with defenseman Simon Bertilsson, goalie Nicola Riopel and forward David Labrecque, they began cutting it from both ends.
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During prospect camp in late July, fifth-round draft pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft, Nicola Riopel, looked like the most mature goaltender of the bunch. And it seems the Flyers noticed that too.
According to The Times &Transcript, the Flyers have inked Riopel to an entry-level deal. The 20-year is expected to start the season with the Adirondack Phantoms.
The Flyers again select a goalie, this time Nicola Riopel from Moncton of the QMJHL in the fifth round. The 6’0, 170 lbs., backstop posted a 2.05 GAA in 59 games with the Wildcats. Riopel’s signature is his speed and agility. He doesn’t have the size preferred, but he can move in the crease well. Somewhat of a long shot, Riopel has a questionable glove, but with some coaching and luck, the Flyers may have a keeper in the organization.