Flyers Sign Forward Tanner Lacyznski to ELC
Hey look, positive news! There's something we haven't seen in a while.
Even with hockey itself suspended, the Flyers made a nice move Monday afternoon, signing left winger Tanner Laczynski to a two-year, entry-level contract with a cap hit of $925,000, avoiding unrestricted free agency.
Lacyznski recently finished his senior year at Ohio State University, putting him at 22 years old, which is why his ELC is only two years instead of the normal three. The Flyers 2016 6th round pick (169th overall) had a very productive collegiate career, scoring 143 points (48 goals, 95 assists) in 138 games (1.03 points per game). As a freshman, he played for Team USA in World Juniors, scoring 2 points in 7 games. He broke out in his sophomore season, scoring 47 points in 41 games. He scored 34 points in 36 contests during the 2019-20 campaign.
Lacyznski has been regarded as a very complete player. He doesn't have the high-end skill of a Morgan Frost, but he is a good two-way player, can handle himself physically (6'1'', 190 lbs). Of course, you don't put numbers like his if you don't have some skill, and Lacyznski certainly does, in addition to a solid shot. There aren't a lot of holes to his game, other than there isn't one big thing that stands out.
Going forward, Laczynski projects as a quality third-liner, perhaps not too different than Scott Laughton. There is a decent chance that he could even make the Flyers out of training camp this fall, although that's far from a guarantee and some AHL time couldn't hurt. But after playing four years of college hockey, Laczynski is on the cusp of making the NHL. Whether he pans out remains to be seen, but Lacyznski is a very solid prospect the Flyers should be happy to have locked up.