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Flyers Could Sign NCAA Prospect Before End of Season



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Flyers prospect Bryce Brodzinski's decorated career with the University of Minnesota came to an end on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

The 2023-24 regular season is almost done, but the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t.

Sitting in the final wildcard spot in the east, the Flyers are in the thick of the playoff chase, and more reinforcements could be on the way soon.

After adding Ivan Fedotov and seeing defenseman Nick Seeler return over the weekend, the Flyers could also add prospect Bryce Brodzinski to the mix.

Brodzinski, 23, just played his last game of collegiate hockey with the University of Minnesota, as the Gophers were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Devin Kaplan and No. 2 Boston University on Saturday night.

In his two tournament games, Brodzinski had two assists against Omaha and a goal and an assist against Kaplan and Boston. The Flyers’ 2019 seventh-round pick finished his five-year NCAA career with 60 goals, 59 assists, and 119 points in 185 games.

Brodzinski is also coming off a career year where he posted a personal-best 22 assists and 36 points.

Now, all signs point to the 23-year-old prospect turning pro and joining the Flyers organization.

Brodzinski’s father, Mike, is ready for the Flyers to seal the deal. If unsigned on Aug. 15, Brodzinski will become a free agent and Philadelphia will lose his NHL rights.

And, for those who might not be aware, Bryce Brodzinski’s older brother is Jonny Brodzinski, a 30-year-old forward plying his trade for the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Rangers.

Jonny has played 313 games at the AHL level and 153 games at the NHL level, and has appeared in a career-high 52 NHL games with New York this season.

With 16 forwards occupying their roster at the moment, it’s unlikely the Flyers give Bryce an NHL roster spot out of the gate. However, Brodzinski could join Alexei Kolosov in the AHL in order to gain pro experience, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are in the middle of a playoff push of their own.

Let’s get it done.

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