Earlier this morning the Flyers shipped out a 2021 5th round pick to the Montreal Canadians in exchange for depth forward Nate Thompson. The Anchorage, Alaska native was drafted 183rd overall in the 2003 draft by the Boston Bruins. He played his Junior days in Seattle playing 4 seasons for the Thunderbirds before playing 3 full seasons in Providence before getting shifted to the Islanders. After some time on the isle he then went to Tampa and has been floating around ever since. He spent time with the Ducks, Gulls, Senators and Kings before playing in Montreal. He will surely add depth to the Flyers center core with Patrick more then likely not playing this season.
The Flyers then traded away Kyle Cirscuolo and a 2020 4th round pick to Anaheim for bottom six forward Derek Grant. Cirscuolo is from Southampton Township New Jersey, and was undrafted. Before his NHL days Harvard for 4 years before playing on the Grand Rapids Griffins. He also won the Calder Cup in 2017 with the Rochester Americans. The Gulls got one hell of a forward.
Derek Grant was drafted 119th overall in the 2008 draft by the Ottawa Senators, he won a Calder Cup in 2011 with the Binghamton Senators. Grant bounced around for a for a while playing for Stockton, and the Calgary Flames, Ducks, both Penguins teams, and the Anaheim Ducks.
Big things I take away from these trades are the bolster to the center depth in the bottom six. I don’t like trading away 4th and 5th round picks considering how great the Flyers drafts have been of late. This also makes me worry about the status of Morgan Frost and Nolan Patrick. It makes me worried that Frost may be done in the NHL for the year and we may not see Patrick at all.