(Photo courtesy of Doug Beghtel – The Oregonian)
The Flyers have announced that they have come to terms on an entry-level contract with 2012 4th-round pick Taylor Leier of the WHL Portland Winterhawks.
While this is the 50th contract for the Flyers it is very likely to slide along with Anthony Stolarz and Scott Laughton. Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio reports the contract is a 3-year deal, worth $2.56 million. He’ll be paid $853,500 per year with bonuses for games played.
Leier was a member of the Memorial Cup-winning Winterhawks last year, the same team as Nashville Predators’ first-round pick Seth Jones. He put up 62 points (27G, 35A) last year for the Hawks in 64 games as an 18-year old, despite missing time due to an abdominal injury. He also added 16 points in 21 games during the WHL playoffs, until his season was cut short after a brutal head shot from Saskatoon Blade Dalton Thrower.
Leier, who participated in the 2013 Flyers Rookie Camp, and also playing in today’s rookie scrimmage vs. Washington, will likely return to the Winterhawks next season as a 19-year old, but the Flyers see much upside in his game.