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Clarke: Flyers’ scouts wanted Makar over Patrick, Hextall wouldn’t listen (+)



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Bob Clarke verbally blasted former Flyers general manager Ron Hextall on Tuesday for selecting Nolan Patrick with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 draft and bypassing defenseman Cale Makar.

Patrick, 23, is now with Vegas, and his disappointing career has been filled with injuries. Makar, chosen by Colorado two picks after Patrick, has become one of the NHL’s best defensemen.

Makar, 23, has 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 28 games this season for the Avs.

“You get the second pick in the draft and we end up drafting Nolan Patrick,” Clarke, a Flyers senior adviser, said Tuesday on the Cam and Stick podcast, which is done by former NHL enforcer Cam Janssen and reporter Andy Strickland.  “None of our scouts wanted Nolan Patrick. I don’t know where Patrick should have gone. After his

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