Victoriaville Tigres forward Pascal Laberge was selected in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft this summer, when the Philadelphia Flyers picked him up with the 36th overall selection.
Now, they’ve inked him to an entry-level deal.
The Philadelphia Flyers confirmed on Thursday that Laberge, who put up 68 points in 56 games for the Tigres last year, has inked an entry-level deal with the Metropolitan Division club.
Per Cap Friendly, the deal comes with an annual average of $842,500, and comes with games played bonuses. The deal will likely see at least a one year slide before it goes into effect, as the forward will almost certainly return to the QMJHL next season instead of jumping directly into the NHL.
A native of Chateauguay, Quebec, Laberge led his team in scoring last season by a full eight points during the regular season, despite playing in seven fewer games than a full schedule. He then pitched in with a point per game in Victoriaville’s five game postseason run, helping the team to win a game in their series against the higher-seeded Moncton Wildcats.
Next year, the Tigres should expect to see Laberge return to the lineup; due to the CHL-NHL agreement, he’s unable to play in the minor pros until his 20-year-old season. If he can be even more successful during that tenure, though, the Flyers should be able to see him have an impact in their own system before too long.