Photo via Armada
The Flyers announced via Twitter today that they have agreed to a three year entry-level contract with undrafted center Danick Martel. Martel is a 20 year old center currently playing for the Blanville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. Martel, a 5′ 8”, 161 pound forward, is currently second in the QMJHL scoring race with 102 points in 63 games played. He can be seen here scoring a nice goal with Flyers prospect Sam Morin watching in the background.
Martel has returned successfully from a broken collarbone that happened during last year’s playoffs, posing huge career highs in both goals and points. He is obviously a small player, but has been highly touted for his speed. HockeyFutures.com had the following to say about him earlier this season:
For Blainville-Boisbriand forward Danick Martel, there has been one consistent deficiency that may be holding NHL teams back. The diminutive 5’8” forward has always been overlooked because of his size, but he doesn’t have to look any further than his linemate to prove that the NHL dream continues, even after being passed over three times.
While playing AAA hockey for the Magog Cantonniers in 2011-12, Martel posted 70 points over 82 games in his two seasons there. Heading into the 2013 season, Martel was invited to the Armada’s training camp as an undrafted free agent and was not guaranteed a spot. After impressing in camp, Martel finished his rookie season with 41 points in 68 games. He took a step forward in his sophomore season, posting 60 points in 63 games. Both years, he was passed over by NHL teams despite his offensive production.
This season, Martel has gone head-to-head against fellow undrafted forward Conor Garland at the top of the QMJHL scoring race. He started the season on an 18-game point streak, and even fought Garland in an increasingly more frequent display of his physical approach to the game. He was recently named the CHL Player of the Week shortly after his linemate, Nikita Jevpalovs, signed a contract with the San Jose Sharks. To date, Martel’s 45 goals and 45 assists have him second in QMJHL scoring. Despite his size, his offensive production should result in an opportunity at the next level.
Those who keep up with his game posted the following thoughts on Twitter after his signing today.
At first glance, this seems like a decent signing. I’d keep expectations under control for Martel, as it is important to remember that he has been playing as an 20 year old in the QMJHL this season. Regardless, a player like this is most definitely worth the small risk of an ELC for the Flyers.