The Philadelphia Flyers have done some quick paperwork with their top draft selection, inking Tyson Foerster to a three-year entry-level contract. Foerster was selected 23rd overall in last week’s draft and received some effusive praise from his general manager Chuck Fletcher:
Tyson obviously has a lot of offensive gifts. He can shoot the puck tremendously well. Goal scorer. Playmaker. Great hockey sense. Really good size. He’s got a lot of attributes. I think the good thing about Tyson was very good with self-awareness, of his strengths and the areas that he needs to improve. He’s worked very hard on those areas during the pause. We expect he’ll continue to develop into a pretty good player.
Foerster, 18, is a big, talented winger from the OHL that scored 36 goals in his second year of junior and earned himself a chance to join what has become a strong prospect group in Philadelphia. He’ll be headed back to the Barrie Colts should the OHL ever get their season off the ground, but is now officially part of the Flyers organization.
The three-year contract will not kick in this season unless Foerster somehow makes the NHL team out of camp, and even then he would have to play in ten games before losing his slide eligibility. That’s very unlikely at this point, meaning this deal won’t actually expire in 2023, but rather 2024 or even 2025.