After winning a National Championship with the University of Denver last night, third-year NCAA player and Hobey Baker Award finalist Bobby Brink has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. In a statement, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher had this to say about Brink:
We’re very excited to have Bobby under contract after an outstanding career in college hockey that concluded with a National Championship. Bobby possesses a high compete level combined with terrific hockey sense and offensive skill that has led him to succeed at every level he has played in his young career.
Brink, 20, was the 34th overall pick in the 2019 draft and broke out this past season at Denver. Brink’s first two NCAA seasons were good, especially for a player standing at five-foot-eight and 159 pounds, but this season he reached another level of production. He led the NCAA in points with 57 in 41 games and flashed significant offensive upside game after game. As with many undersized players who score boatloads of points as prospects, Brink will face question marks about how well his scoring will translate given the ruthlessness of professional hockey. But all Brink has done so far in his career is score, so it’s hard to imagine he won’t find a way to continue that as a professional.
For Philadelphia, the signing of Brink represents a moment to celebrate for a fanbase that has had little go right this season. Coach Alain Vigneault was fired earlier this year and the team faces heavy questions about its long-term future. But regardless of all of those issues, the signing of Brink means that the Flyers have added a supremely talented forward who should be able to dazzle the crowds at Wells Fargo Center sooner rather than later.