The Flyers will head into the weekend with some exciting news behind them. Goalie prospect Samuel Ersson has signed his entry level contract, becoming the third member of Philly’s 2018 Draft class to do so.
Ersson is coming off of a second full season in Sweden’s SHL league with Brynas. He posted a 15-25-2 record over 52 games, giving up 2.96 goals per game and registering a .911 save percentage. Ersson’s record was 15-25-2 when all was said and done.
Prior to that, he spent two years with Vasteras IK in the second tier. In the 2018-19 campaign, he registered a .933 save percentage and allowed 1.93 goals per game. He also received the Rookie of the Year award, along with MVP and Goaltender of the year.
Ersson brings World Juniors experience to the table having previously gone undefeated in the round-robin back in 2018. In 2020, he was a part of his country’s IIHF World Championship team.
A familiar face to many by now, Samuel Ersson has worked out with the Flyers over the course of two offseasons, but 2020 was extremely tricky given the pandemic circumstances and it made far more sense to allow him to compete back in Swedens where restrictions were lighter and he was able to feel more comfortable.
The Flyers have an interesting picture at goaltender this upcoming offseason. They still need someone to backup Carter Hart after his struggles and Brian Elliott could well test free agency waters. If this is the case, then we could see Alex Lyon make the jump, giving Ersson some time down with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. It will be interesting to see how things pan out over the course of the next few months, but it’s exciting to hear that Samuel Ersson will join Joel Farabee and Wyatt Wylie as 2018 draft members to sign with the club.
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