The Philadelphia Flyers kicked off its development for the future with its first selection of the 2020 National Hockey League entry draft on Tuesday night.
Tyson Foerster was selected No. 23 by the Flyers after impressing many in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 18-year-old right winger will be joined in the Flyers system by several other draft picks made on Wednesday.
“We had a group of players ranked near one another, with different skillsets,” Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said. “Tyson is an outstanding shooter; he loves to fire the puck. Good offensive instincts and can set up a play. With the skating, a lot of it is strength. We can work on that with him. With the two-way game, it’s a 200-foot game up here, and he needs work there as do many young players who like to attack. We’ve talked to him about that, and he knows that. He put in a lot of work during the pandemic.”
Foerster impressed with the Barrie Colts of the OHL, scoring 36 goals and adding 44 assists in 62 regular season games. His 80 points were 33 more than the next closest teammate and were 57 more points than his rookie season when he had 23 points in 64 games.
He also recorded two separate 13-game point streaks during the 2019-20 season and played in the 2020 CHL/NHL top prospects game where he was named Player of the Game.
“We felt there’d be a group of about 4-5 players, with 1, 2 or 3 available for us,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “There weren’t a lot of surprises today. Tyson is a player we thought might be there when we picked and he was.”
Its unlikely Foerster will join the Flyers for the 2020-21 season, but is an exciting prospect for the future of the organization.