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Flyers sign Minnesota Gophers junior defenseman Mark Alt

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Minnesota junior defenseman Mark Alt to an entry level contract.

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University of Minnesota junior defenseman Mark Alt has signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He will report to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL on an ATO for the remainder of the season.

The St. Paul, Minnesota native who played high school hockey at Cretin-Durham Hall will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility. The towering blue liner had a big sophomore season in terms of point production last year. This year, as a junior, many observers believed his defensive game improved on the Gopher back line.

Alt was originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, but his rights were traded to Philadelphia. Alt and four other Minnesota underclassmen have turned pro since their season ended last weekend in an upset loss to Yale. Nate Schmidt, Erik Haula, Zac Budish and Nick Bjugstad are the other Gophers to leave eligibility on the table.

Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.