Wyatte Wylie was a fifth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2018 NHL draft. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Wyatte Wylie was a fifth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2018 NHL draft. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Silvertips’ Wylie signs deal with NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers

The defenseman is believed to be the second Snohomish County native to sign with an NHL team.

When the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers sent defenseman Wyatte Wylie back to the Everett Silvertips in September without signing him to an entry-level contract after training camp, they gave him a list of areas they wanted to see him fine-tune in his final season in the Western Hockey League.

The Flyers demonstrated Tuesday that they’re pleased with the Snohomish County native’s progress in those areas, signing Wylie to an entry-level contract. The Flyers selected him in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL draft.

“I’m beyond grateful,” Wylie said. “I’ve dreamed about this since I was little, for it to finally happen makes you happy for a little bit, but you know you have to get back to work.

“I’m shocked right now and I’m so humbled. It’s just awesome.”

Wylie is believed to be the second Snohomish County native to sign an NHL contract, joining Everett native TJ Oshie, who plays for the Washington Capitals. Unlike Oshie, Wylie played the majority of his youth career in Everett, outside of a season in 2015-2016 for the Dallas Stars Elite program.

“I just had a dream when I was younger that this is what I wanted to do and a lot of other kids have that,” Wylie said. “I just think it’s awesome that people are starting to watch and scout this area, because you never know what you’re going to find. When you put your mind to it, anything is possible.”

Wylie, from Lake Stevens, was selected by the Silvertips in the sixth round of the 2014 WHL bantam draft out of the Junior Silvertips 16-U elite program.

Wylie eventually signed with the Silvertips, even after receiving interest from NCAA teams, and has enjoyed a prolific WHL career, with 31 goals and 152 points in 272 games.

As an overager this season, Wylie has been a point-per-game player and has served as an integral part of the Silvertips’ power-play and penalty-kill units. He has 64 points (14 goals, 50 assists) in 62 games.

“He’s had a very, very good year,” Davidson said. “And he’s continued to grow each year he’s been here. … If you look at his minutes each night and his point production and his plus/minus and everything else, he’s a key piece to the group we have and the success we’ve had.”

The right-shot defenseman joined fellow overagers Bryce Kindopp and Jake Christiansen in inking NHL deals this month. Kindopp and Christiansen signed as free agents last week with the Anaheim Ducks and the Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively.

“We’ve all been together for our whole careers pretty much,” Wylie said. “It’s awesome to see and I’m so happy for (them). It’s just all so special for all of us.”

Wylie was eligible to play in the American Hockey League this season, but the Flyers did not tender him a contract, partly because of Wylie’s unique situation as a “late birthday.” In hockey parlance, that term applies to anyone born between Sept. 15 and Dec. 31, meaning Philadelphia did not need to make a final decision on Wylie until June 1, 2020, per the NHL collective-bargaining agreement.

What’s more, is the general manager that drafted Wylie, Ron Hextall, was fired in Nov. 2018 and replaced by Chuck Fletcher. Wylie needed to convince the new regime in Philadelphia he was worth signing.

Wylie is the last of Everett’s vaunted 1999-born bantam draft class — Wylie, Christiansen, Kindopp, Connor Dewar and Riley Sutter — to sign an NHL contract.

Josh Horton covers the Silvertips for The Herald. Follow him on Twitter, @JoshHortonEDH

Talk to us

More in Sports

Granite Falls' Kaleb Roberts rushes with Sultan's Kaden Harwick closing Friday night in Sultan on February 26, 2021 (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Friday night lights finally back on

Granite Falls beats rival Sultan in OT in the area’s first prep football game in more than 15 months.

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez waits to bat during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Mariners prospect learning from Seattle icon

Julio Rodriguez, just barely 20 years old, is relishing an opportunity to work with Ichiro Suzuki.

Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0), left, and center Christian Koloko (35) smother Washington forward Nate Roberts (1) as they fight for a loose ball goes to the ground in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
Huskies edged by Arizona in regular-season finale

Washington’s difficult regular season comes to an end with a hard-fought 75-74 loss on the road.

High School football teams across Snohomish County are closing in on their first game in over a year. (Herald file photos)
Prep football: Key games and the area’s complete schedule

The first H.S. football game in the county in over a year is set to take place this coming Friday.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, talks to quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Seahawks defeated the Dolphins 31-23.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Reports show growing divide between Wilson, Seahawks

But despite the star quarterback’s apparent unhappiness, a trade in 2021 remains unlikely.

Austin Johnson, 26 years-old, trains on the Centennial Trail in Lake Stevens and is planning to do a 24-hour run to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
24 hours, 80 miles, $23k raised for mental health

Austin Johnson completes a 24-hour run along the Centennial Trail to raise money for suicide prevention.

Quarterback Tanner Jellison runs a play with running backs Jay Roughton, left, and Trayce Hanks as the Lake Stevens High School football team conducts its first practice, marking the first day of practice for fall sports in the Wesco division, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Wesco high school sports teams’ long layoff finally ends

For the first time in more than 450 days, Wesco fall athletes gathered for official practices.

Everett Silvertips' Jake Christiansen takes a shot on goal during the game on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Silvertips release abbreviated 24-game schedule

Everett will open its season against Spokane at Angel of the Winds Arena on March 20.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Gonzaga’s Kispert finalist for Erving Award

The Edmonds native is among the final five to be the top small forward in college basketball.

A law enforcement officer looks over a damaged vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
L.A. sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Deputies saw no evidence the golf star was impaired by drugs or alcohol after Tuesday’s rollover.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto talks about the suspension of second baseman Robinson Cano, before the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Seattle. Cano was suspended 80 games for violating baseball's joint drug agreement. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Mariners doing damage control with players after Mather’s video

GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais say the players involved have every right to be upset.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Travis Snider singles against the Texas Rangers during a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Community sports roundup: Ex-Jackson star Snider joins Braves

Plus, a former Monroe QB is excelling at Whitworth, the Silvertips sign a former T-bird, and more.