Flyers Expected to Sign Defenseman Prospect Mark AltBREAKING NEWS, Flyers, News, NHL Saturday, April 6th, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers have not made it official yet, but multiple news outlets have reported that they have signed defenseman Mark Alt to an entry level contract.
Diana C. Nearhos of the Post Star also reported, via twitter, “Last night, I was told the Flyers had not signed Alt. Today, I’m told they have. So he will likely be here (Glens Falls) soon.”
Alt, 21, was acquired by the Flyers as part of the trade with the Carolina Hurricanes that brought Brian Boucher back into the organization. While he scored an impressive 5 goals and 22 assists as a sophomore, he traded in his production for playing steadier defense as a junior. He finished this season with the University of Minnesota Gophers with only seven assists, but was second on the team in +/- with a +18 rating.
Alt is still an open book when it comes to his talent ceiling. He has good size (6′-3″) and very good skating abilities, but is still refining his game. If he can continue to develop into a steady defensive defenseman, with the potential for some two-way play down the road, then Alt is a good player to have in the system.
This signing suggests that the Flyers will not be signing their 2011 fourth round pick, Colin Suellentrop. Suellentrop plays a similar role to Alt, including the fact that they are both right shooting defenseman. It is always difficult to gauge the quality of defensive defensemen at the junior level, but the Flyers have likely seen a lot of Suellentrop’s game considering he’s a teammate of Scott Laughton’s on the Oshawa Generals.
Once his signing becomes official, Alt may make his AHL debut with the Adirondack Phantoms some time before the season ends. Heck, considering the long list of injuries with the Flyers, maybe he gets a look with the big club sooner.
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