German Rubtsov and Linus Sandin are the latest to receive an extension from the Philadelphia Flyers. Both sign a one-year, $750k deal.
Sandin has yet to make his debut with the Flyers. The right-wing spent this season with HV71 in Sweden and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. In 26 games with the Phantoms, Sandin tallied ten points (6G,4A) with a minus-eight rating. The Flyers signed Sandin during the COVID lockdown back on April 29, 2020. As “The Hockey Writers” states, “the scouting report on Sandin exhibits relentless puck pursuit and possesses no fear of crashing the net to cash in on second or third-chance goals. Look for him to continue exclusively in Lehigh Valley through 2021-2022.
Rubtsov played in four career NHL games with Philadelphia. His latest was on January 21st, 2020, in a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. No points were scored at the NHL level, finishing with a minus-one rating and a high of eight minutes played. In the KHL with HK Sochi, Rubtsov scored eleven points (3G,8A) and finished with a minus-eleven rating. He’s formerly a 22nd overall pick from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, where he was described as being a “dominant puck-possession guy, a strong puck-distributor, a finisher, a defensive specialist, and even a pest at times,” Futureconsiderations.ca 2016.
Combined, these players cover the position flexibility that Nolan Patrick possesses. They won’t replace Patrick. Sandin and Rubtsov will further develop in the AHL this upcoming season, however, only time will tell if either of them actually reaches the NHL level by the end of the 2021-2022 season.
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