Flyers 2024 Draft profile: Michael Brandsegg-Nygård

Flyers 2023 NHL Entry Draft
NHL hockey teams participate in the second day of the draft Thursday, June 29, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)
(AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Michael Brandsegg-Nygård, a strong right-winger, is a name that has been associated with the Philadelphia Flyers’ 12th overall draft pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Level Draft. His playing style, characterized by his two-way forward skills, has caught the attention of many teams. Currently playing for Mora IK and the Norwegian national team, Brandsegg-Nygård’s skillset is one to watch. 

Brandsegg-Nygård put up 18 points total with eight goals and ten assists in 41 games played for Mora IK this past season. He also played in the World Junior U-20 Championships, tallying up three goals and two assists in five games. 

Brandsegg-Nygård is an asset on ice, but mainly regarding his physicality. Standing 6’1 and weighing 198 pounds, his strong presence can generate intelligent plays. This is something that the Philadephia Flyers need more of on the offensive side of the puck. While players such as Travis Konecny can be a physical presence, the size of Brandsegg-Nygård would elevate the offense. 

Brandsegg-Nygård’s dedication to his craft is truly inspiring. He shared, “Maybe my best skill is my shot. I think I have a heavy shot. I feel like I have great hockey sense. I can read the game well and make plays.” This level of confidence and self-awareness at just 18 years old is a testament to his commitment and hard work. He made the bold decision to move away from home at 16 to pursue his passion for hockey and continue to develop. This kind of dedication is what sets him apart and makes him a promising draft pick. 

A beacon of hope for the Flyers

Flyers' GM Daniel Briere
FILE – Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team newly appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager, Daniel Briere, arrives for a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

While Philadelphia’s had some draft busts in the past, the potential impact of a player like Brandsegg-Nygård is a beacon of hope for the Flyers during their rebuild. His unique skillset and physical presence could be a game-changer for the team, potentially elevating their offensive game and contributing significantly to their future success. 

With the amount of talent during this year’s draft, he might fall back because all the teams need defensive prospects. There is a good chance that Philadelphia will get him at 12th overall, but with Flyers General Manager Danny Briere, there is always a possibility of trading up.