About the only thing going on in Hockey since the KHL halted the Gagarin Cup playoffs, is that NHL teams are signing NCAA players to Entry Level Contracts. They are basically giving non-drafted players a shot. The Flyers on the other hand are doing something different.
The Flyers have announced this afternoon that they have signed Tanner Laczynski to an entry level contract. I am not sure of the details just yet, but typically NCAA players get a one or two year entry level contract because they are typically older than CHL draft picks.
The 6 foot 1, 205 pound, Illinois native is a right handed center. He was drafted by the Flyers in the 6th round of the 2016 NHL draft, 169th overall. He was playing for Ohio State University, where he was an assistant captain in his senior year. Before that, he played for the Chicago Steel, and Lincoln Stars of the USHL. In 111 USHL games, Tanner had 109 points. In his four years with Ohio State he had 143 points in 138 games. He also led the Big 10 in Power Play points at 17. And he won a gold medal at the 2017 World Juniors.
“Tanner has completed an excellent college career at Ohio State University and we are very excited to have him under contract,” said Vice President & Assistant General Manager, Brent Flahr. “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.”
With the NHL on hold, and the ECHL and AHL canceling their seasons. It is unsure when we will see Tanner in any form of orange, let alone purple.
The NCAA has become a major NHL feeder and I can not wait to see what Tanner can do with the Phantoms.