It’s not a secret that the Philadelphia Flyers have way too many defenseman on their roster, but that didn’t stop them from drafting so many blueliners in the 2013 NHL entry-level draft. This made sense only because the Flyers have a future need at the position. With Kimmo Timonen on the cusp of retirement, the team is going to need to have some strong blueliners in the system to call upon.
There’s a lot of talk about how strong some of the defensemen in the system are, but there is one blueline prospect that has not gained a lot of media attention. That player is Mark Alt, and he plans to change that.
The Flyers acquired Alt from the Carolina Hurricanes along with goaltender Brian Boucher in exchange for prospect Luke Pither. The media has kind of forgotten about the kid, but he is determined to prove himself as a future star on the blueline.
After Trial on the Isle, Alt decided to stick around for the summer to stay close to the team’s SkateZone in Voorhees, N.J and train. This isn’t uncommon, since prospects have done this before as a way to show their determination and dedication to the team.
Alt may seem unknown to the Flyers, but not to their farm team as he played a few games with the Adirondack Phantoms at the end of last season. Alt, a right-handed defenseman, has the size that the Flyers like in their d-men, and he also seems to have a good head on his shoulders. His commitment to train in the offseason will help him in the long run, and especially when training camp begins in a few weeks.
Alt is likely to head back to Glen Falls to play with the Phantoms this season, but he could make a name for himself and impress the Flyers. If anything, he may just join the Black Aces whom normally get called up towards the end of the season.