The Flyers opened up their college free agent season with the signing of a 5'9" center from St. Lawrence University.
We all know that Paul Holmgren enjoys this time of year, in which the best free agents from the NCAA ranks leave their schools to try their luck with the NHL. The Flyers usually find some space in their reserve lists for a few college players every year, and TSN's Bob McKenzie reported tonight that the first of those guys will be a forward from St. Lawrence University named Kyle Flanagan.
Flanagan, who centered St. Lawrence's top line, just capped off a senior year in which he put up 47 points in 35 games, after tallying 37 points in 28 games last season. He got off to a torrid start, collecting 15 points in his first six games and even finding his way onto Hobey Baker Award watchlists through much of the season. He cooled off a bit as the year went on, but obviously ended with nice numbers, regardless.
A two-year captain at SLU, Flanagan is 24, measures at 5'9" and weighs 170 pounds. His coach, Greg Carvel, described him before the season began as such:
"Kyle is a very impressive hockey player," St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. "He has NHL ability. He is undersized, but with his hockey ability and hockey sense, he's the complete package. He can score points and is defensively responsible. I expect him to be a Hobey Baker finalist."
Oh, and apparently he can do this, so that's neat. (s/t @jakepavorsky)
Flanagan will spend the rest of the season in Adirondack with the Phantoms on an amateur tryout contract and has a one-year deal with the Flyers' organization for the 2013-14 season. Additional financial terms have not yet been disclosed.