Meltzer’s Musings: The Risk and Reward of Drafting Defensemen in Round One

As a followup to the recent discussion on the Flyers' historic and recent problems in drafting and developing defensemen who go on to become long-term contributors to the club at the NHL level, I thought it would interesting to revisit an issue that I raised last year: Selecting a defenseman in the first round of the NHL Draft is a dicey proposition.

First of all, defensemen have a steeper lear

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