The Dallas Stars have joined in on the March 1st signing spree, inking Tye Felhaber to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal will kick in for the 2019-20 season.
Felhaber, 20, is another undrafted free agent that is playing as an overager in junior for the Ottawa 67’s. After appearing in four games with the Laval Rocket of the AHL last spring on an amateur tryout and then attending training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Felhaber returned to Ottawa where he leads the OHL in goals with 55. The young forward attributes much of that success to working out with Claude Giroux in the offseason, but there’s nothing unexpected in his performance this year. Felhaber was pursued by at least two thirds of the league before settling on Dallas.
The Stars know their way around developing unheralded prospects, with late-round picks like Jamie Benn and John Klingberg leading the way. Ben Gleason, Joel L’Esperance and Gavin Bayreuther were all undrafted and have spent time with the Stars this season, a group that should inspire Felhaber as his professional career gets started. The young forward will likely join the Texas Stars next season.