Flyers pass on signing Dove-McFalls, who can now re-enter draft

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Thursday was the deadline for unsigned CHL players from the 2015 entry draft to sign an entry-level contract with their teams. That deadline passed without the Philadelphia Flyers coming to terms with forward Samuel Dove-McFalls, their fourth-round selection in that class.

He was the only player selected in the top-100 of that class to not sign with the team that selected him.

That means Dove-McFalls can now re-enter the 2017 NHL draft, and if he does not get selected he would then become an unrestricted free agent.

The 20-year-old winger has spent the past four seasons play for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. He appeared in 65 games this season, scoring 17 goals to go with 36 assists.

His situation is similar to the Connor Bleakley went through when he was drafted in the first-round by the Colorado Avalanche, then had his rights traded to the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes opted not to sign him, allowing him to re-enter the draft in 2016. Bleakley ended up getting selected in the fifth-round of the 2016 draft by the St. Louis Blues.