With the 20th pick in SB Nation's 2012 NHL Mock Draft, our Philadelphia Flyers delegation from Broad Street Hockey selects Brendan Gaunce, a center from the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.
Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
Photo courtesy of the OHL.
Unless the Flyers are in a top-10 spot in this draft -- meaning they're getting a player who can contribute sooner than later -- selecting a player based on current organizational need isn't the way to go.
We could have taken Slater Koekkoek or Ville Pokka with this pick (and trust us, we almost did based on name alone), but each of those players have their own risks attached. We believed Gaunce was the best player available on the board, and he was ranked 13th among North American skaters by Central Scouting.