This morning, the NHL released the protection lists each team submitted ahead of the expansion draft. So in a completely useless exercise, I’m going to break down which player on the Flyers roster is most likely heading to Vegas.
As we approach next Thursday’s NBA Draft, here is a look at my ranking of the top 50 players in the draft. As of 6/15, all international players listed have remained in the draft pool. Please keep in mind that this NOT a Sixers-centric draft board, but an overall look at the prospects from an unbiased view of the league. Player comparisons are not best-case or worst-case, but a player who in my opinion represents a fair projection of their abilities within a few seasons.
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After a decent April, I–and I’m sure many other–Phillies fans thought, “hey, maybe this year won’t be terrible.” Then May happened and I laughed at how foolish my hopes had been.
The month of May resulted in a ghastly 6-22 record with few bright spots. The only two people that shined at all were two of the younger players on the team–Tommy Joseph and Aaron Altherr.
When I first went to write this, Tommy was going to be my pick for the month’s MVP. He was slightly outperforming Altherr, but number 23 didn’t fall off the way Joseph did, so he gets the nod.
In the month of May, while the Phillies struggled, hitting just .230 and scoring just 99 runs in 28 games (3.53/game), Altherr was a force to be reckoned with. He hit .300 in 28 games while knocking in 22 runs. He had 14 extra base hits, including six long balls, coupled with a .402 on-base percentage.
This compares to a .299 average on the season with eight home runs and 28 RBI. That means the majority his production came in the second month of the season.
Joseph similarly hit .300 in May, but only knocked in 17 and going deep once more, hitting seven home runs. The big difference why I chose the six-foot-five outfielder instead though–he was consistent. Joseph set a torrid pace in the middle of the month, but the last seven days, his average dropped to .200.
I didn’t catch a lot of games, but the ones I did, Altherr was strong in all facets. He hits the ball hard, he can play defense and he’s smart.
The Phillies had the first day of June off. We’ll see if Altherr keeps this pace up or, like the team, rockets back to Earth.
The Flyers held a slew of picks heading into the 2017 NHL draft, then struck it rich moving all the way up from an almost certain number 13 pick to 2. In a draft where many experts have said depth isn’t great, it was a propitious turn of events for Ron Hextall and company.
Finally. At long last, we are reunited with ABC’s darling drama, The Bachelorette. This year’s Bachelorette crop looks like a Nick Saban recruiting class – there’s a little bit of everything. Some black, some white, a Samoan, and some wildcards. This colorful crop of men is competing for the heart of Rachel, a Texas lawyer who was outdone last year by a hillbilly and an aspiring actress in the quest for
50% of Nick’s assets love. The first episode is always a reminder to society that these people are real Americans that pay taxes and have the right to vote and procreate freely. It’s a testament to the power of love, as a group of men rely on unemployment checks and high-interest loans to live in high-end suits, $60 V-neck tees, and extremely short swim trunks in a quest for romance. It’s intro night. Let’s hit it.
First things first, take a look at this Bleacher Report article about the Rights to Ricky Sanchez Lottery Party on Tuesday night. Notice anyone in particular wearing neon shirts with a goat on it? That’s right. The sons have gone global.
Second, there will be plenty of draft coverage to come over the next month. In the coming weeks, our coverage will include:
- Top 50 Prospect Rankings
- Full First-Round Mock Draft
- Sixers Draft/Trade Alternatives
- Holden’s Mock Draft/Hot Takes/Heat Check Extravaganza
It will be a busy but fun month for us here, so stay tuned for all of your draft needs.
Top 15 Prospects
1 – Markelle Fultz (PG – 6’4” 195 lbs, Washington – FR) — previous rank: 1
2 – Lonzo Ball (PG – 6’6” 190 lbs, UCLA – FR) — previous rank: 2
As we get ready for one of the biggest nights in Sixers history, here’s a complete look at our odds for Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery.
Follow Matt and Holden on Twitter for live coverage of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez Lottery Party at xFinity Live! and tune into ESPN at 8 PM.
And as always, Trust the Process.