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The Victoria Royals announced today that they signed their first round draft pick Eric Florchuk from the 2015 Bantam Draft that took place in Calgary last May.
The 5’ 10”, 140 pound centre spent the 2013-2014 and 2014-15 seasons with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League (AMBHL). In 33 games Florchuk collected 46 points (24 goals and 22 assists). He also had 24 penalty minutes.
Florchuk kept his points-per-game average consistent from the regular season and into the playoffs, where he averaged nearly 1.4 points per game in the regular season and slightly over 1.4 in the playoffs with his 20 point total from a total of 14 games. He collected 11 goals and nine assists as the Rangers made it to the league championship. The offensive-minded, two-way player was also named an all-star in this year’s Alberta Cup where he registered four goals and one assist for a total of five points.
Don’t expect to see him in the Royals line-up much this season as a 15-year-old can only play a maximum of five games at the Major Junior level.
“Eric is an offensively gifted player and a great skater,” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “We are excited about his future with our club, and happy to welcome Eric and his family to the organization.”
His two season totals at bantam:
|2013-14||Fort Saskatchewan Rang – Bntm AAA||AMBHL||33||9||13||22||12|
|2014-15||Fort Saskatchewan Rang – Bntm AAA||AMBHL||33||24||22||46||24|
The Royals selected six forwards, four defencemen, and one goalie at the draft, while three of Florchuk’s teammates were also selected, however, he was the only one to go in the first round.