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Flyers ink Tanner Lacznyski to entry-level contract

Deal avoids losing former sixth-round pick to the dreaded college free agency process, aka signing with the Rangers.

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Finally, some actual hockey news! Well, sort of!

The Flyers have signed Tanner Laczynski to an entry-level contract as per the source themselves.

Laczynski, 22, was a sixth-round pick way back in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and has spent the last four seasons in the NCAA with Ohio State. In that time he’s put together a very productive career with 143 points in 138 games for the Buckeyes.

He’s played mostly center during his NCAA career, and has represented the USA with a Gold at the 2017 World Junior Championships, but has the versatility to play up and down the lineup card.

Flyers Vice President and Assistant General Manager Brent Flair on the signing: “Tanner has completed an excellent college career at Ohio State University and we are very excited to have him under contract. He plays a mature two-way game, he’s a proven leader, and we see him as a versatile forward for the Flyers organization going forward.”

The Flyers clearly like what they see from Laczynski and wanted to get him signed before risking losing his rights. Given the strength of the Flyers’ prospect pool right now, one has to wonder what this means for other guys up for entry-level deals like Wade Allison, among others.

See where Laczynski ranks among BSH’s Top 25 Under 25, which is underway and continues through the next few weeks.

For actual hockey, check out Bill’s postgame of the epic game 7 comeback in Boston over the Bruins in 2010.