Forward prospect Taylor Leier, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, agreed to a three-year entry level contract with the Flyers just hours before Monday’s rookie game against the Washington Capitals in Arlington, Va.
The contract is worth $2.56 million with an annual average value of $853,500 and includes games played bonuses. On cue, he ended up scoring Monday vs. the Caps.
Leier, 19, was the Flyers’ fourth-round pick in 2012. He was also the only rookie camp casualty this year, taking a puck to the face on Sunday that required stitches to his cheek.
That gives the Flyers 50 contracts, but because of his age Leier has junior eligibility remaining, allowing the Flyers to use the “slide rule” for next season.
The 5-foot-11, 181-pound left wing has 102 points in 138 games in the Western Hockey League over the past two seasons, playing for the Portland Winterhawks.