Flyers ink Greyhounds overage forward (Updated)Friday, March 01, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
Alderson signing (Mar. 1, 2013)
By Brad Coccimiglio
Thanks to an impactful overage season with the Soo Greyhounds, forward Brandon Alderson has earned himself a National Hockey League contract.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday they have signed the overage forward to an entry level contract.
“It’s pretty exciting but at the same time it’s hard to harness my emotions,” Alderson said prior to the Greyhounds game against Guelph on Friday night. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.”
Undrafted, Alderson has posted career highs this season in goals (25), assists (32) and points (57). The veteran forward said there was interest from other teams as well as the Flyers but he and his agent felt that Philadelphia was “the best fit” when agreeing to a contract.
Alderson becomes the second member of the Greyhounds to be inked to a contract by the Flyers. High-scoring forward Nick Cousins was selected by the Flyers in the 2012 NHL draft and signed an entry level contract with the team last summer.
The Greyhounds have two other players under contract to NHL teams as David Broll (Toronto) and Ryan Sproul (Detroit) were drafted, and signed, by their respective NHL clubs.
Goaltender Matt Murray (Pittsburgh), defenceman Colin Miller (Los Angeles) and forwards Andrew Fritsch (Phoenix) and Michael Schumacher (Los Angeles) have been selected by NHL teams but have yet to sign.
The Flyers also announced on Friday they have signed London Knights goaltender Anthony Stolarz to an entry-level deal as well.
Stolarz was a second round pick of the Flyers in the 2012 NHL Draft an began the season in the NCAA with Nebraska-Omaha before signing with the Knights as a free agent.