The Philadelphia Flyers season may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any reason to watch the handful of games left.
Announced by the team on Tuesday morning, the Flyers signed an entry-level contract with the prospect of college defenseman Ronnie Attard.
OFFICIAL: We have signed the defender @RonnieAttardthe club’s third-round pick (72nd overall) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, to a two-year entry-level contract beginning this season. https://t.co/JXKDO7PIaO
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 29, 2022
Due to his age, Attard’s entry-level deal only lasts two years – just like the deal for Noah Cates – and he will start this season, meaning he will hit restricted free agency. after the 2022-23 season and is available to play in the NHL right away. There is no official report that he will be in the upcoming roster, but if the team give Cates a solid look before the end of the season, Attard should be expected to do so. also.
After the Flyers beat Attard in the third round of the 2019 season NHL Draft from the USHL’s Tri-City Storm, the big defenseman signed up at Western Michigan University and has been with the Broncos ever since. In his three seasons there, he has steadily produced more and more, most recently scoring 13 goals and 36 points in just 39 games this season.
For some important insight into what Attard has done so far in his college career, our very own Maddie Campbell analyzed his game in a blog post earlier this season. Here are a few statements that stood out:
Since his draft season and senior year in the USHL, Attard’s offensive play has been the only thing that has really erupted, and the area that was going to have to continue to develop if he was to succeed at the next levels was his game. .in his own zone, on the defensive side. And the good news here is that he’s made leaps and bounds in polishing that defensive play, and that’s a big reason why he’s risen to the level of a top-tier defender in college hockey.
One area where we see him stand out is his ability to clear in front of the net. We saw that suggested in his on-ice numbers from last season, how his team topped the high danger chance share when he was on the ice, but diving into the boards we see it wasn’t only him who was supported by the effects team, but rather his individual work behind this success.
It’s an ability we hope to see in the size of an Attard defender (6-foot-4, 210 pounds), but we know that doesn’t always translate as easily as we’d like. But Attard has shown real strength (no pun intended) in leveraging his height to improve his defensive game.
Attard likes to play like a sort of rover in the offensive zone, and his instincts are strong enough to make him dangerous both in setting up and finishing scoring chances.
We see him showing good skill when he gets busy in the offensive zone and looking for scoring opportunities, but he also does it without any cheating in his game. … It’s a bit rare to see a unique opportunity for him in the offensive zone, he does not let go of a game.
This team may suck, but at least there are things to watch with intrigue.