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Mark Alt signs entry-level contract with Philadelphia Flyers

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Defenseman Mark Alt has opted to leave college early, signing an ATO with the Phantoms and an entry-level contract with the Flyers.

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are facing a bit of an exodus after their NCAA tournament loss to Yale, and Flyers prospect Mark Alt is among that exodus.

The 21-year-old junior defenseman has opted to skip his senior season with the Gophers, signing an entry-level deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. He'll join the Phantoms on an amateur-tryout contract for the remainder of the regular season. The Flyers acquired Alt's rights during training camp this January in the trade with Carolina that saw Brian Boucher return to the organization.

Alt's a big defenseman -- 6'5, 200+ pounds -- and has yet to play a professional game. He's lacked a bit on the offensive side of the puck but has been a serviceable defenseman on a very good Gophers squad, playing in their top four. The Flyers are obviously weak organizationally at the defensive position, so Alt probably sees this as a good opportunity to get some minutes at the pro level. Hopefully he earns them and can grow into an NHL player over the next year or so.

As of now, Alt represents the 37th contract on the Flyers' reserve list -- 46th if you count the nine restricted free agents under organizational control for next season.