2019 NHL draft profile: Could Cole Caufield drop to Flyers at No. 11? originally appeared on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com
The 2019 NHL entry draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick and eight selections in total.
"This draft's a little unique," Flahr said last week. "Especially in the top 15, there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting - some power wingers, some smaller scoring wingers, some centermen, there's a number of D, a goaltender.
"We've identified probably five or six guys that we think have a chance to be there at 11 and probably some of the other teams in front of us will dictate that. But we're really confident we're going to get a good player."
This week, we are breaking down options for the Flyers at No. 11.
Position: Right winger
The electric, diminutive winger has climbed draft boards after erupting for 72 goals and 100 points in 64 games this season with the U.S. national U-18 team. His 72 markers set a single-season USNTDP record, which was previously held by 2016 No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews (55).
Caufield has a big-time shot and an incredible sense for how to score.
"He's as advertised," Flahr said. "He's undersized, but he's a pure goal-scorer, he's a competitive kid. He's got a lot of the intangibles that should allow him to play as a small player. One thing he does is score and scores consistently against all competition."
Fit with Flyers
It's difficult to tell when Caufield will hear his name called. His size might scare clubs and he played on a supremely talented team that could see seven prospects drafted in the first round, featuring consensus No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes.
"Some teams won't draft him because of his size and others aren't worried about it," Flahr said.
"There's a grouping of the guys, his own teammates, that could go in any range there. Would I be surprised if he's there? No. Would I be surprised if he went before us? No."
If Caufield falls to the Flyers at No. 11, he'd be a no-brainer choice. It would be difficult to find a higher-value pick at that point and the Flyers won't mind his small stature; they could use some more pure goal-scoring wingers in the system.