Flyers sign entry-level contract with Samuel Ersson
On Thursday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers signed a three-year contract with goaltender Samuel Ersson, according to Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher. Ersson was a Flyers’ fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and has spent the past three seasons playing in his native Sweden.
Ersson is coming off a busy season for Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League, appearing in 42 of their 52 games and recording a 15-25-2 record and save percentage of. 910, a 2.95 goals against average and three shutouts. Brynäs IF finished 13th out of 14 teams in the SHL standings, but Ersson performed well despite his team’s poor performance.
Ersson posted a 4-1 record along with an SV% of .949 and 1.30 GAA in the SHL relegation round to help save Brynäs IF from being sent to HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second tier league.
In his draft-eligible season in 2017-18, Ersson played for Brynäs IF J20, one of the parent club’s junior teams. The Falun, Sweden native was 27-13 in 40 games with a .920 SV%, 2.53 GAA and shutout rate. He was selected 143rd overall by Philadelphia in the fifth round of the draft after his exceptional season.
Ersson’s 2018-19 season saw him spend the year with HockeyAllsvenskan’s Västerås IK as he wasn’t quite ready for the SHL yet. He totally dominated his time with the club, recording a 27-9 record in 36 games as well as a .933 SV%, 1.95 GAA and five shutouts.
He also had the opportunity to represent Sweden at national level. He was named the Swedish starting goaltender at the 2019 World Junior Championships, the world’s most prestigious international junior hockey tournament. Ersson has appeared in four games for Juniorkronorna, going 3-1-0 with an SV% of .922 and GAA of 2.23. Sweden lost to Switzerland in the quarter-finals to finally finish fifth in the tournament.
Ersson was also Team Sweden’s third goaltender at this year’s IIHF Men’s World Championships, donning the Tre Kronor behind tournament starter Adam Reideborn and former NHL goaltender Viktor Fasth.
In the team’s press release on Ersson’s signing, Flyers vice president and assistant general manager Brent Flahr said the following:
“We are delighted to have Samuel under contract with the Flyers. He has progressed steadily since his draft year and has enjoyed success at the juniors, the SHL and internationally. We look forward to seeing its continued development as it makes the transition to North America. “
Ersson will start next season in the minors, whether in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms or in the ECHL with the Reading Royals. The Flyers are looking for a seasoned alternate goaltender for Carter Hart at the NHL level, and Felix Sandström and Kirill Ustimenko will compete for playing time with the Phantoms next season.
Philadelphia still has a decision to make as to whether or not they want to re-sign longtime Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon.