Flyers add Ohio State forward Laczynski to entry-level contract

The Philadelphia Flyers continued to bolster its roster long-term with the 2019-20 NHL season still on hiatus due to the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic.

University of Ohio State forward Tanner Laczynski signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers on Monday. Laczynski, a sixth-round pick by the Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft, comes from Ohio State, where he played collegiately for the last four seasons.

“Tanner has completed an excellent college career at Ohio State University and we are very excited to have him under contract,” Flyers Vice President & Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr said. “He plays a mature two-way game, he’s a proven leader, and we see him as a versatile forward for the Flyers organization going forward.”

Laczynski stands at 6-feet-1 and 205 lbs. and comes from Shorewood, Ill. He totaled 143 points (48 goals 95 assists) for the Buckeyes while also serving as alternate captain in his senior year. He led the Buckeyes in points in 2019 with 34 points, which was tied for third in the Big Ten Conference.

A right-handed forward, Laczynski led Ohio State in scoring in two of his last three seasons and was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2018. Internationally, he’s represented Team USA at the 2017 World Junior Championships, helping them win a Gold Medal.

He’s also played for the Chicago Steel and Lincoln Stars in the USHL, totaling 63 points in 52 career games.

The Flyers are currently second in the Metropolitan Division, but have not played since March 10th due to the impact COVID-19 has made in the United States, Canada, and around the globe. It is undecided if the NHL regular season and playoffs will continue in 2020 with only 13 games remaining.

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