The Flyers’ selection of Elliot Desnoyers is looking better by the day

The 2020 fifth-round pick is going ballistic in the QMJHL.

Flyers fifth-round draft selection Elliot Desnoyers is having himself an outstanding start to his draft-plus-one season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

After a pair of two-point nights for the Halifax Mooseheads, Desnoyers exploded for not one, not two, not three, but four goals against the Cape Breton Eagles on Saturday, giving him six markers and as many assists on the season thus far.

For what it’s worth, he scored just 11 goals in the entire 2019-20 season.

This isn’t the first time Desnoyers has stood out this season. He now has four multi-point games under his belt with the Mooseheads and leads Halifax in points through eight games.

Not too shabby for a fifth-rounder.

The Flyers’ selection of Desnoyers was initially met with a fair amount of skepticism. The 18-year-old managed just 35 points in 61 games for the Moncton Wildcats last season and ultimately was not ranked highly on many draft boards. The Athletic even had him going No. 216 overall to the Sabres with the second-to-last pick of the entire draft.

With the Flyers trading a pair of picks to move up and take Desnoyers at No. 135 overall, it was easy to be critical of the selection. Now, though, it appears the Flyers saw something in Desnoyers the 30 other NHL clubs did not. If he continues the stellar play with his junior club, he could win over a large portion of his critics very quickly.