Philadelphia Flyers Sign College Free Agent Kyle Flanagan
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By Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky)
As the NCAA hockey season begins to wrap up, many college prospects are on the hunt for NHL teams to call home. In Kyle Flanagan‘s case, the Philadelphia Flyers were more than happy to oblige. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Philadelphia has come to terms with Flanagan, who spent the last four years at St. Lawrence Unviersity.
Flanagan compiled 29 goals and 65 assists over the course of 117 games, and put up a career high in all major stat categories this past season. He was certainly a valued member of SLU’s hockey team, as the team named him captain before the start of his junior season. Flanagan’s former head coach at St. Lawrence, Greg Carvel, had nothing but positive things to say about him:
Kyle is a very impressive hockey player. He has NHL ability. He is undersized, but with his hockey ability and hockey sense, he’s the complete package. He can score points and is defensively responsible.
He also happens to be 24 years old, but GM Paul Holmgren seems to do quite well with older college free agents. You may recall a one Matthew Read, who signed with the Flyers at age 24 as an undrafted free agent from Bemidji State University. Not all turnout to have the same success as Read is currently having in Philadelphia, but with attention garnering moves like this one versus Alabama-Huntsville, Flanagan could be a solid pro player.
He’ll report to Adirondack on Friday on an amateur tryout, and will be on a one year NHL contract next season.
Furthermore, Philadelphia has expressed interest in another college free agent: 6-foot-8 defenseman Andrej Sustr. Sustr spent the past three years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (formerly the college of Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz), and was one of the prominent defensemen in the college ranks. But Philadelphia is not alone in their pursuit of the 22 year old, as a reported 20-25 teams are hopeful to acquire his services.