REPORT: Former 1st round pick testing Free Agency - After Philadelphia Flyers REFUSE to sign him

Published April 9, 2023 at 1:47 PM

When it comes to selecting college players in the National Hockey League (NHL) draft, teams are taking a gamble. It's often difficult to predict whether a player will stay for the full four years or leave early to pursue a professional career. Those who do stay the full four years become free agents and have the ability to choose which team they want to play for. This creates a level of uncertainty for teams, who invest a lot of time and resources in scouting and drafting these players.

However, in a rare turn of events, the Philadelphia Flyers have decided not to sign one of their drafted prospects, Jay O'Brien. The 19th overall pick in the 2018 draft, O'Brien played for the U.S. National Under-18 Team before spending the last three seasons at Boston University. Last season, he scored an impressive 32 points in 39 games.

The Flyers' decision not to sign O'Brien means that he now has the opportunity to test free agency and sign with any team in the NHL. While it's not uncommon for teams to decide not to sign a prospect, it's a significant move for a first-round draft pick like O'Brien.

The Flyers and the player had to make a decision to sign and I have heard that the decision has been made, the Flyers will not sign him and that allows O'Brien to test free agency. He's 23 years old and he can pick which team or organization he wants to play for.

There could be a number of reasons why the Flyers decided not to sign O'Brien. Perhaps they weren't satisfied with his development or didn't see him fitting into their long-term plans. Alternatively, they may have decided to save their money for other signings or trades.

Whatever the reason, O'Brien now has the opportunity to explore his options and sign with a team that sees his potential and is willing to invest in his future. For the Flyers, the decision not to sign O'Brien is a calculated risk that could either pay off or leave them with regret down the line.
April 9   |   38 answers
REPORT: Former 1st round pick testing Free Agency - After Philadelphia Flyers REFUSE to sign him

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