To the surprise of no one, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed an undrafted college free agent.
SLU grad Kyle Flanagan (UFA) agreed to terms on contract with PHI. Will report Friday to ADK (AHL) on ATO. 1 yr NHL deal for next season.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 20, 2013
This time the signee is St. Lawrence senior forward Kyle Flanagan. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Flyers and Flanagan have agreed to a one-year NHL contract. He joins the ranks of Matt Read (Bemidji State) and Harry Zolnierczyk (Brown) as undrafted free agents that Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren has inked in the last couple years. Despite not signing everyone they have wanted, their aggression has been unmatched.
Flanagan, meanwhile, joins the Flyers following the Saints' season ending at the hands of Yale last weekend. He is one of the top scorers in the nation with 47 points (15G-32A) in 35 games. The senior came back from an appendectomy to play for SLU just 11 days later against Colgate and more impressively, Flanagan scored four points in the win.
Although undersized at 5'9", 170 lbs, Kyle is more of a playmaker than a scorer. He has been successful despite playing on separate line with St. Lawrence leading goal scorer Greg Carey for part of the season.
Of course that doesn't mean Flanagan can't score highlight-reel goals.
Per McKenzie, Flanagan will report to Philadelphia's AHL affiliate Adirondack for the rest of the season before his contract kicks in.
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