With their second round pick, 50th overall the Flyers selected left handed defender Adam Ginning.
Following the trend of Oskar Lindblom, Olle Lycksell, and Linus Hogberg, Ron Hextall grabbed another Swedish player.
Ginning had 1 goal in 28 Swedish league contests this past season. His defensive game is his biggest asset, and scouting reports compare him somewhat favorably to current Flyer Robert Hagg.
He’s likely back to Sweden for another year or two but he is eligible to make the jump directly to the AHL should be choose to do so. Most likely, he goes back to Sweden for another year, but should his Swedish team miss the playoffs, he can step in on the Phantoms on a tryout basis without burning any of his ELC.
He’s a left shot defender, so there is no reason to rush any development as the Flyers current left crop of defenders is very deep with Ivan Provorov, Shayne Gostisbehere, Travis Sanheim, Sam Morin, Robert Hagg and Andrew MacDonald already under contract. While Hagg, Ghost and MacDonald all play the right side on occasion, Phil Myers will likely take some of that off them should he make the step.
Ginning isn’t a pick designed to make an impact today, he’s a pick designed to refill the farm for 3-4 years down the road when the current crop moves on via trade or UFA.