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Flyers Daily News: Previous No. 7 Picks Include Barber, Ryan Sittler 



Bill Barber
Bill Barber

When the Flyers select No. 7 in the draft on June 28, it will be the fifth time in team history they’ve done so. They’ve hit a grand slam and they’ve struck out at No. 7.

Their first No. 7 pick became a Hall of Famer. Left winger Bill Barber was drafted in 1972. He was an integral part of the Flyers’ two Stanley Cup champions. He scored 883 points in 903 games over 12 seasons, all with the Flyers.

The next No. 7 pick was center Ken Linseman in 1978. “The Rat” had a 14-year NHL career, the first five with the Flyers. He scored 73 goals and 184 assists in 269 games with Philadelphia.

Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler’s son, Ryan, was the Flyers’ seventh overall pick in 1992. He never played an NHL game. He played in the minors from 1994-99. His career was marred by injuries.

In 2015, Ivan Provorov was picked seventh. He’s played seven years in Philly as a top-line defenseman.

The Flyers have had 19 picks in the top 10 over 55 drafts. They’ve only had one first overall pick — Mel Bridgman in 1975.

Here are the Flyers’ top 10 picks:

1967 – 5th overall (Serge Bernier)
1968 – 8th overall (Lew Morrison)
1969 – 6th overall (Bob Currier)
1971 – 8th overall (Larry Wright)
1971 – 9th overall (Pierre Plante)
1972 – 7th overall (Bill Barber)
1975 – 1st overall (Mel Bridgman)
1978 – 6th overall (Behn Wilson)
1978 – 7th overall (Ken Linseman)
1982 – 4th overall (Ron Sutter)
1990 – 4th overall (Mike Ricci)
1991 – 6th overall (Peter Forsberg)
1992 – 7th overall (Ryan Sittler)
2002 – 4th overall (Joni Pitkanen)
2007 – 2nd overall (James van Riemsdyk)
2011 – 8th overall (Sean Couturier)
2015 – 7th overall (Ivan Provorov)
2017 – 2nd overall (Nolan Patrick)
2022 – 5th overall (Cutter Gauthier)

Editor’s note

Check back at about 10 a.m. for a quick analysis on the reported hiring of Keith Jones as president of hockey operations. NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman reported that Daniel Briere will have the interim tag removed and he will be the Flyers’ new general manager.

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Last night’s results:

The Maple Leafs stayed alive with a 2-1 win at Florida. The Panthers lead the series, 3-1. There was a major scrum at the end, as calling cards were left for Friday’s Game 5 in Toronto. Maple Leafs goalie Joseph Woll, making his first playoff start, stopped 24 of 25 Panthers shots.

In Edmonton, the Oilers tied their series with Vegas at 2-2 with a 4-1 win. An old-time fight broke out toward the end between Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse and Nic Hague. Nurse got the instigator penalty and since the fight was in the final five minutes, a review for suspension will be conducted.

Tonight’s playoff games:

Carolina can close out the visiting Devils in Game 5 at 7. In Game 4, the Hurricanes blitzed the Devils for four goals in a 5:20 span in a 6-1 victory.

The Kraken-Stars series is tied at 2-2. Game 5 in Dallas starts at 9:30.

Both games are on TNT.

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