PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired the rights to Czechoslovakian defenseman Jiri Latal from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for future considerations, the club announced Monday.
Philadelphia Vice President and General Manager Bob Clarke said the 6-foot, 190-pound player was to arrive in Philadelphia late Monday night.
Clarke added that Latal has agreed to a contract with the Flyers. The terms of the contrcat were not released.
The 22-year-old defenseman was selected in the sixth round of the 1985 NHL entry draft by Toronto. He has spent the last five years playing for two Czechoslovakian teams.
Last year, playing for the Dukla Trencin of the Czecholslovakian Elite League, Latal scored six goals and 22 assists for 28 points in 48 games.
'Latal is a very mobile defenseman with good offensive skills,' Clarke said. 'He is a strong skater and an excellent puck-handler and passer. We feel he has the ability to be a solid NHL defenseman.'