With the 23rd overall selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers have selected right wing TYSON FOERSTER from the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Below are news & notes on Foerster:
POSITION: Right Wing
TEAM/LEAGUE: Barrie Colts - OHL
VITALS: 6'2", 194 lbs
BIRTHDATE: January 18, 2002
BIRTHPLACE: Alliston, Ontario
* In 62 regular season games, he led the team in every offense category: goals (36), assists (44) and points (80), including power-play goals (18) and power-play assists (16).
* 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.
* He played in the 2020 CHL/NHL top prospects game where he was named Player of the Game for team white after he posted three points (2g-1a) in the contest.
Brent Flahr, Flyers Assistant GM
"We had a group of players ranked near one another, with different skillsets. Tyson is an outstanding shooter; he loves to fire the puck. Good offensive instincts and can set up a play. Wth 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 him about that, and he knows that. He put in a lot of work during the pandemic."
Chuck Fletcher, Flyers GM
"We felt there'd be a group of about 4-5 players, with 1, 2 or 3 available for us. There weren't a lot of surprises today. Tyson is a player we thought might be there when we picked and he was."
Bill Meltzer, Flyers Contributor
"Barrie was a middling team this past season but Foerster was the club's biggest bright spot. He is right up with a select few players in the Draft as a pure shooter -- one publication ranked him 3rd in that category, one spot ahead of even Alexis Lafreniere. Good size, and could play at about 205 or even 210. For all you hear about his shot, he is a fine passer, too. The rest needs time to develop; his feet and attention to off-puck detail. The skating concerns are an issue at this point in his career, but something that can be worked through."
Rick Pracey, Flyers Scout
"First off, we're real happy to add that offensive dimension to the team. Excellent hockey sense. His offensive ability. His blue lining game is very attractive to us. He has size. He can shoot the puck. He can really make plays for a big guy."
NHL Central Scouting
"A gifted offensive player who displays excellent vision and playmaking ability. High hockey IQ. Excellent puck protection ability. Has a lethal shot with a quick release and the ability to score from multiple angles."
Craig Button, TSN Analyst
"Plays the game in all areas and all situations. He plays with skill, smarts and is very competitive. He has progressed significantly in two seasons and as he becomes more mature, he will only get better."