Flyers, Gendron agree to 3-year Entry Level Contract

Flyers' GM Daniel Briere
FILE – Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team newly appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager, Daniel Briere, arrives for a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. The Flyers have named long-time television analyst Keith Jones team president of hockey operations and have removed the interim tag from general manager Danny Briere’s title. Jones was a surprise choice Thursday, May 11, 2023, after he spent the last 23 years as an analyst for Flyers telecasts on NBC Sports Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Philadelphia Flyers signed prospect Alexis Gendron to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday afternoon.

Gendron’s Path to the Flyers

Gendron was drafted 220th overall by the Flyers during the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. He had an electric 2022-2023 season in the QMJHL, splitting time with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Gatineau Olympiques. With Blainville-Boisbriand, Gendron scored 34 points (22G, 12A) in 29 games played. With Gatineau, he remained dominant, posting 47 points (33G, 14A) in 34 games.

Gendron’s 55 total goals saw him finish second overall in QMJHL goal scoring. After the regular season, he ranked 14th overall in points. Gendron continued to produce in the playoffs, tallying 19 points (14G, 5A) in 13 games. Gatineau was eliminated in the semi-finals by the eventual QMJHL and Memorial Cup Champions, the Québec Remparts.

Scouting Report

Standing at 5’10” and weighing 180lbs, Gendron is a right-winger with a shoot-first mentality. Despite having a smaller frame, he’s effective. A pure goal scorer, Gendron’s shooting repertoire is powerful and accurate. He can deliver shots from the perimeter of the ice and is deadly when working below the faceoff dot.

Gendron isn’t aggressive in the defensive zone. He has the pace and agility to cause a turnover and create a counterattack, but he isn’t a physical player who will throw his body to break up a play.

He’s an underrated playmaker with a keen eye for finding passing lanes and playing one step ahead of the opposition. Without the puck, Gendron uses his speed to create space for his teammates to find scoring chances.

As the draft was winding down last year, Gendron was starting to feel stressed since he hadn’t heard his name called yet. When the Flyers selected him with one of the final picks, the stress subsided.

“I did think so that I would be selected by a team. But to be honest, there were like eight teams left in the seventh round, so I was stressed, to be honest, but the Flyers selected me so I’m pretty happy.”

Alexis Gendron; 7/8/2022

How Gendron Fits Into the Flyers

Gendron is part of a Flyers prospect pool that is on the rise. Taking swings on high-upside players was important for Daniel Briere during the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, but the 2022 draft class is showing promise, especially from the later-round selections.

Gendron will require more development before making his professional debut, but with how he’s performed over the last two seasons, the Flyers might have found a potential late-round gem.

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