Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher isn’t wasting any time signing his newly selected draft picks.
Shortly after signing 94th overall pick Zayde Wisdom to an entry level contract, Fletcher inked his first-round (23rd overall) Tyson Foerster to an ELC on Wednesday.
“Tyson obviously has a lot of offensive gifts,” Fletcher said after Day 1 of the draft. “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 he 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, played the last two seasons with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, where he posted 36 goals and 44 assists for 44 points in in 62 games in 2019-20. That represented a 57-point improvement from his rookie season, when he had 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 64 games.
His 2019-20 campaign included two separate 13-game scoring streaks, 18 power-play goals and 16 power-play assists. He was named the Player of the Game for Team White in the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, scoring twice and adding an assist.
A 6-foot-2, 194-pound native of Alliston, Ontario, Foerster spent two seasons playing in Barrie’s Midget AAA program before joining the OHL club. In his U-16 season in 2017-18, he scored 20 goals and added 41 assists for 61 points during the regular season and went on to post 14 points in eight playoff games.