After a smoking hot night for the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans on Friday June 22, 2018 during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft, it would be very, very, very hard to replicate that type of success throughout the the draft. Not so fast as Ron Hextall was apparently looking for a stud Defenseman in Round 2 of the 2018 NHL Draft.
Hextall stumbled upon a gift on Saturday in the way of Adam Ginning from the Linkoping from the SHL. Ginning is a 6’4,” 205 pound, mammoth or tower that could be the steal of the draft. Hextall knew the importance of snagging a Defenseman, as it has become apparent that Hextall wants to restock the Flyers cupboard with Defenseman. Will they all work out? Maybe not, but some will.
Ginning was born on January 13, 2000, in Linkoping, SWE. He breathed, and started playing the sport of hockey practically from birth. His passion for the game found himself playing for the Linkoping HC J20 in the Superelite league to start the 2016-17 season. For the season, he registered 0 goals, and 10 assists for a total of 10 points in 29 games played.
The young 18 year old prospect worked his tail off in the off-season to improve his game. Ginning’s hard work paid off in a big way, as he enjoyed a career year for the Linkoping HC J20 in the 2017-18 season. For the season, he tallied 1 goal, and 5 assists for 6 points in 17 games played. This really solidified his status for the upcoming NHL Draft.
If one saw Ginning play this season for the Linkoping, then one would have instantly noticed that his hockey IQ vastly improved from the prior year. Ginning is becoming a really good, stay at home Defenseman that plays a complete and consistent game. He clears the porch with the best if them.
The Flyers are starving for consistent, reliable Defenseman that can clear the porch. Ginning may be the answer to their prayers. His passion and dedication to the game could have instant ramifications in the Flyers locker room. One thing is certain the future is bright in Flyer land.