Flyers sign 2018 first-round pick and Hockey East Rookie of the Year Joel Farabee to entry-level contract

Let’s look ahead.

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 2018 first-round draft pick Joel Farabee to an entry-level contract, the team announced on Monday. The contract will take effect at the beginning of the 2019-20 season.

Farabee was selected with the 14th overall pick in last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He spent this season at Boston University, where he was one of the best freshmen in the nation. In fact, Farabee was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. He led Boston University, as a freshman, with 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points.

Farabee was a member of the United States team at the 2019 World Junior Championships, where the Americans won a silver medal by defeating the Czech Republic and then Russia to reach the tournament final before falling 3-2 to Finland. Farabee had three goals and two assists for five points in the tournament.

The skilled forward has been making highlight-reel plays all season long.

Here’s an example.

Farabee will likely begin the 2019-20 season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL, but the Flyers signing him after his freshman season shows their confidence in him.

The flashy forward has a great skillset that Flyers fans have been missing. He has speed, a great shot, and can play with the best of them.

It’s still early, but nine months after the draft it looks like the Flyers made a good selection in Farabee.

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