The Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst of their offseason and have already made the notion that they’re trying to get younger throughout the organization. With the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Reading Royals each making the playoffs and the young European prospects succeeding overseas, the future looks quite bright.
The future may also include yet another top-scoring prospect from the NCAA. Prior to the finale of the season, the Flyers agreed to terms with forward Mike Vecchione, who was tied for the NCAA lead in scoring this season. Much of that had to do with the help and scouting of former-Union and now current-Flyers teammate Shayne Gostisbehere.
Around that time, another Union college player announced that he would forego his senior season to play professionally. Spencer Foo recorded 62 points in his junior season for Union College, finishing fourth in goals scored (26), second in assists (36), and just one point behind Vecchione and two others for the NCAA leading scorer at 63 points.
The college free agent has reportedly met with five teams and could make a decision as early as this weekend. The Flyers, who currently have two Union alumni on the roster, are among those teams interested.
College free agent Spencer Foo has met with 5 teams and could decide future by weekend. Philly, Edmonton, LA among teams interested.
— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) April 21, 2017
Foo has tons of chemistry with Vecchione on both 5v5 and on the man-advantage. Foo was seventh in the nation in power play goals (11) and was even a +29 on the season, for those of you who look into that stat. Foo may not be the perfect fit in Philadelphia, given the logjam among the forward position, but Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post noted that GM Ron Hextall was interested in the young forward.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) April 21, 2017
Foo was a 2016-17 All-ECAC Hockey First Team selection and a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, while also compiling a program-record 21-game point streak. He actually recorded at least one point in 34 of 38 games. Here’s a little bit of what Foo did this season alongside Vecchione, thanks to this video from Union College Athletics:
It looks like Foo will be close to making his decision sometime in the near future. Does he fit in Philadelphia? We’ll find out soon enough.
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