Saturday, June 2, 2007

PHI Interested in Turris?

The Flyer's have shown great interest in centerman Kyle Turris according to Tim Panaccio of the Philly Inquirer.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - If multiple scouting interviews mean anything, the Flyers seem to have narrowed their focus for the draft to 6-foot-1, 170-pound center Kyle Turris, who has catapulted to the head of the list in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings.
The Flyers hold the second overall pick in the June 23 draft. They have had more discussions with the 17-year-old Turris than any other player."The Flyers have talked to me quite a bit," Turris said yesterday before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. "I don't know if I'm their pick, but hopefully they pick me. There are tons of great hockey players in the draft, but I'd definitely love to be their pick."

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren described Turris as "very competitive and smart."
Commentary: Smokescreen or genuine interest? Philadelphia could be the first team to show us how diversified lists and preferences will be this draft. Turris is a fine option at number two, but there is no doubt that James Van Riemsdyk or Jakub Voracek fit everything they could want and need from a top prospect with size, skating, and hands. There are a few red flags when it comes to dissecting the Flyer's prospect pool and young forwards and finding out if Kyle Turris is a good fit for them. (1) They have great, young NHL depth down the middle with Carter, Richards, and Umberger. (2) Philadelphia's forward pool is populated with smallish forwards like Giroux and Downie. Their only real forward with size and quality skill is Nodl. Turris would be a natural selection, but proceed with caution regarding anything they say.

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