Without a round three pick due to Justin Braun’s trade in June 2019, the Flyers decided to slip right up to the front of round four during Day 2 of the 2020 NHL draft.
On Wednesday the Flyers traded their 116th and 147th overall selections to take first place in the fourth round, where they led Zayde Wisdom to 94th place.
Wisdom is a winger who scored 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) in 62 games for OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs in 2019-20.
The 5 foot 10, 195 pounds was the 71st ranked player in the draft by TSN’s Craig Button.
“We really like it from a complementary standpoint,” amateur scout Rick Pracey said Wednesday, via Flyers̵
Wisdom comes to Philadelphia with a tremendously inspired background of perseverance from a difficult childhood, detailed here on “TSN Original: Nothing Given” and in a story by The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler.
Beloved former Flyer Wayne Simmonds is a mentor of Wisdom. Simmonds introduced E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence to Wisdom this week. Honor is given to the junior hockey player who best exemplifies the commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism.
In his post-draft video interview, Wisdom was thrilled to call Simmonds later to talk about Philadelphia.
“Having a guy like that in your corner where he gives you advice and lets you know what your best decision would be and advises you helps a lot,” Wisdom said Wednesday.
On day one of the draft, the Flyers took out another winger from Tyson Foerster’s OHL in 23rd place overall.
“I’ve known Tyson since I was 5 or 6 [years old]”Wisdom said.
The Flyers opened Day 2 of the draft by taking Swedish defender Emil Andrae to 54th overall.