According to a team release, the Philadelphia Flyers have extended minor league forward Greg Carey. Financial details have not been disclosed. Carey was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Carey is in the midst of his second straight excellent AHL season, scoring 26 goals and 43 points through 57 games. The undrafted forward has matched his output from last year in seven fewer games and is becoming more and more confident at the professional level. Originally signed by the Arizona Coyotes prior to the 2014-15 season, Carey wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer the following summer and played on an AHL contract last year. Last summer he was given a two-way contract worth the league minimum, though hasn’t yet suited up for an NHL game.
Carey never did play in the CHL growing up, instead spending time in the OJHL before heading to St. Lawrence University for four years. Setting several school records and leading the team in scoring all four seasons, he ranks second in the Saints’ history for points scored. A finalist for the Hobey Baker award in 2014—when the trophy was awarded to Johnny Gaudreau—for the Nation’s top player, Carey has worked incredibly hard for everything he’s done in hockey. While he is likely a career AHL forward, don’t be surprised if he’s given a few games in the NHL this season as a reward should the Flyers fall out of playoff contention.