Elliot Desnoyers, a 2020 fifth-round draft pick who had a breakout season in the QMJHL, signed his entry-level contract with the Flyers on Wednesday. The contract begins in the 2021-22 season.
The 19-year-old forward played a prominent role for the Halifax Mooseheads this season, putting up 49 points (21 goals, 28 assists) in 37 games.
After Halifax's season ended, Desnoyers recently visited Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, and had an on-ice workout. He has one more year left of junior hockey eligibility before turning pro.
The Flyers snagged Desnoyers at 135th overall last October. In his draft year, Desnoyers played on a deep Moncton Wildcats team that led the QMJHL with 101 points at 50-13-1, so he didn't put up flashy numbers. He finished with 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) over 61 games in 2019-20. Prior to this past season, he was traded to the Mooseheads and went on to lead the club in goals, assists and points.
John Torchetti, who worked in the Wild organization under Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr when the two were in Minnesota, was Moncton's head coach and director of hockey operations for a part of 2019-20. He told Flahr to keep an eye on Desnoyers.
"Very smart 200-foot player, really good engine," Flahr said last October. "A guy I think coaches will enjoy to coach."
This season, Desnoyers, who can play center or winger, had two four-goal games and another hat trick.
"He’s got desire, willpower and the physical wherewithal to get to areas that, quite frankly, a lot of players don’t want to get to on a consistent basis," Charlottetown Islanders general manager and head coach Jim Hulton said last December. "Every time we play him, we talk about that, we talk about having an awareness when he’s on the net and then particularly for a defenseman, be ready to engage physically to keep him from the front of the net because he’s very driven at what he does to get there."
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