The Philadelphia Flyers have gotten in on the entry-level dealing today, signing their 2016 first-round pick German Rubtsov to a three-year contract. The forward was taken 22nd overall.
Since coming over to the QMJHL in January the Russian-born Rubtsov has dominated, scoring 20 points in just 14 games. Playing for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, he’s been skating periodically with leading scorer and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Nicolas Roy and has played both center and wing for the team.
A natural centerman, Rubtsov came up through the Russian development program and only hit the KHL this year. In his short stint there before heading to North America he was held pointless, though often played very little.
The ELC signings will come fast and furious over the next few weeks as teams get their prospects under contract and add undrafted players to professional deals.