The Philadelphia Flyers have signed speedy little forward Danick Martel of the QMJHL's Blainville-Boisbriand Armada to an entry-level contract, reports RDS. The Flyers have also confirmed the news.
The contract begins next season. Blainville-Boisbriand already won their division this year and have a playoff run ahead of them.
Martel, 20, is in the midst of his final junior season with the Armada, and he's the second-leading scorer in the Q this season with 102 points in 63 games so far. That's uhh, an impressive jump from his production a year ago. He is 5'8, 163 pounds. He is tiny and fast and he puts pucks in nets.
Here are his career stats:
Obviously he's a longshot, as is any undrafted FA signing, but I really like this pickup for the Flyers. He's the kind of player that stands out immediately after just a couple viewings. I'd say he's a B+ skater, and he skates with purpose. He flies around the ice with the puck on his stick and combines that with good offensive sense.
Size is obviously the big concern with Martel. As plenty of players have shown, though, that can be overcome. He's going to need to add a bit of weight and he needs to become more of a 200-foot player. Those are things that can be worked on, though. You can't teach the speed and offensive sense that he possesses. If you're going to take a shot in the dark, then why not take one on a player with high upside? I think he has a shot at following in the path of a player like Tyler Ennis.