From the Associated Press:
“BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to a one-year entry level contract with University of Maine forward Brian Flynn.
An undrafted free agent, Flynn just completed a four-year college career in which he finished second on the team — and ninth in the nation — with 48 points (18 goals, 30 assists). Overall, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound player from Lynnfield, Mass., finished with 69 goals and 156 points in 153 career games to rank 11th on Maine’s points list.
Flynn’s contract doesn’t begin until next season, though he’ll finish this year with Buffalo’s minor-league affiliate, AHL Rochester.”
“If there’s one undrafted collegian that could potentially become a top scorer at the pro level, it’s Brian Flynn. Since arriving in Orono four years ago, Flynn has been one of Maine’s top point producers. And while the Lynnfield, MA native is an outstanding playmaker; it is his ability to score goals that is among the attributes getting the attention of several NHL teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers. Flynn attended the Flyers’ prospect camp over the summer.
Flynn currently ranks second on the Black Bears roster with 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) playing in all 33 games to date. His plus-23 leads Maine and is tied for second nationally. Flynn centers the Black Bears’ explosive top line that includes national top scorer Spencer Abbott and junior Joey Diamond. Back on February 17 versus UMass, he became just the 17th player in the program’s history to reach the 150-point career mark. Most recently, Flynn was named a semi-finalist for the annual Walter Brown Award, which recognizes the top American-born collegiate player playing in New England.
At 6’1, 185 lbs, Flynn is the biggest of Maine’s top line players. He has excellent finishing ability and great net presence. Two characteristics that separate Flynn from many other collegiate point producers are his ability to position himself for the best possible scoring opportunities and capitalizing on rebounds. These attributes are especially noticeable is on the Maine power play, where seven of Flynn’s 17 goals have come this season. He has also shown a knack for scoring timely goals as well.
Another of Flynn’s attributes that has NHL scouts taking notice is his terrific stick work. He utilizes his stick-handling skills quite well, both offensively and defensively. As the Black Bears’ top centerman, Flynn also excels in face-offs, winning well over 50 percent of his draws. He possesses a very good shot and can get pucks off quickly and smartly.
While Flynn isn’t an overly physical player, he has added some grit to his game. That has made him more effective in battling for pucks and in the defensive end. It’s unlikely that Flynn will ever become a physical force at the pro level, but he certainly has the potential to become a dominant offensive force.”
Sounds good. A center, Flynn could be a gem of a prospect signing by Sabres GM Darcy Regier.
Hopefully, Flynn will be an instant contributor for the Amerks
as they continue their playoff push with only 8 games remaining in the AHL regular season. Rochester currently sits in 8th place
, with critical back to back home games against the leading Toronto Marlies
tomorrow and Saturday at Blue Cross Arena.