It isn’t a secret that Kolosov is a credible prospect. Selected in the third round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, his performance commands attention.
Entering the 2023-2024 season, Kolosov isn’t on a current contract with the KHL. The newly inked term with the Flyers is the only contract Kolosov agreed to. He’ll battle Felix Sandstrom and Sam Ersson at the 2023 Flyers Training Camp before returning to the KHL or joining the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
In 2021-2022, Kolosov spent most of his time with Dinamo Minsk. In 22GP, Kolosov managed an 11-9-1 record with a 2.9GAA and 90.6%SV but flopped in the postseason, going 0-2-0 with a 4.01GAA and 88%SV. He holds a ton of potential, hanging a winning season in the KHL as he turned 20. Kolosov built upon his season metrics from 2021-2022, earning the confidence of the Flyers.
“He had an opportunity to play a lot in the KHL as a young goalie, which is a rarity. Not only play, but play well, while seeing a lot of shots in tough situations. He’s a talented guy, very athletic, and our goalie guys are confident they can mold him into an NHL goalie.”Brent Flahr; 7/24/2021
Last season with Dinamo Minsk in the KHL, the record did not match the development. Kolosov showed a 13-21-5 record but controlled with a 2.55GAA and 91.2%SV. He earned his first postseason victory in the KHL, posting a 1-2-0 record with an improved 3.08GAA and 91.7%SV. Internationally, Kolosov went undefeated in 2022-2023. Representing Belarus, Kolosov went 2-0-0 with a 2.5GAA and 92.8%SV.
It is news that complicates matters for the Flyers and the rest of the NHL. The previous Memorandum of Understanding between the two leagues ceased, but until today, continued in good faith.
The Flyers retained the rights to Fedotov. Per the KHL, Fedotov desired to return to CSKA. Signing Kolosov represents the official pivot away from Fedotov.
Previously, Kolosov set on returning to the KHL. He still could, on loan, but the Flyers would maintain his rights.
Cal Petersen is the only G on contract with the Flyers through 2024-2025. There will be movement throughout the franchise at this position when the upcoming season expires. Ersson has shown that his game could translate at the NHL level. Barring a trade, Carter Hart is in line for a contract extension. Kolosov is chasing Sandstrom for his role, who is playing for his future in Philadelphia.
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