Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Flyers sign second round pick

With the top talent on his Golden Gophers team bailing on their senior seasons, Minnesota defenseman Mark Alt felt little need to stay in school. The Flyers officially signed Alt to an entry-level deal over the weekend. He will report to the Phantoms. Alt, 21, is a former second round pick (2010) by Carolina and was acquired from the Hurricanes in January along with Brian Boucher. Alt had a disappointing junior season, with a 15 point drop-off in offensive production, and saw a decrease in playing time under coach Don Lucia. The No. 1 ranked Gophers were knocked off in the NCAA tournament in an upset by Yale. Nick Bjugstad, Nate Schmidt, Zach Budish and Erik Haula have all signed in the NHL.

Flyers sign second round pick

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The Flyers officially signed Mark Alt to an entry-level deal over the weekend. (Janet Hostetter/AP)
The Flyers officially signed Mark Alt to an entry-level deal over the weekend. (Janet Hostetter/AP)

With the top talent on his Golden Gophers team bailing on their senior seasons, Minnesota defenseman Mark Alt felt little need to stay in school.

The Flyers officially signed Alt to an entry-level deal over the weekend. He will report to the Phantoms.

Alt, 21, is a former second round pick (2010) by Carolina and was acquired from the Hurricanes in January along with Brian Boucher.

Alt had a disappointing junior season, with a 15 point drop-off in offensive production, and saw a decrease in playing time under coach Don Lucia. The No. 1 ranked Gophers were knocked off in the NCAA tournament in an upset by Yale. Nick Bjugstad, Nate Schmidt, Zach Budish and Erik Haula have all signed in the NHL.

The Flyers are high on Alt's athleticism. He's a former star high school quarterback before shipping off to play for one of college hockey's marquee programs. His father, John Alt, was a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Alt is 6-3, he can skate, he's playing in a good program on a good team," Paul Holmgren said back on Jan. 13 after the trade. "We've liked him. He's a good, young prospect."

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