It’s been a whirlwind few days for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and their goalie, Felix Sandstrom. On Monday, Sandstrom –– then a pending restricted free agent –– reportedly signed a one-year guarantee with TPS in Finland. However, those coverage were inaccurate.
The Philadelphia Flyers revealed on Tuesday that they re-signed goaltender Felix Sandstrom to a one-year, two-way guarantee with a cap hit of $750,000.
Here is the comprehensive press launch, by way of the Flyers:
Sandstrom, 24 (1/12/1997), lately accomplished his second season in North America. He appeared in 11 games for the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, throughout the abbreviated 2020-21 season, posting a report of 5-3-3 with a 3.19 GAA and a .903 save share. Prior to the beginning of the AHL season, he made 5 appearances for Vasterviks IK in Sweden’s Allsvenskan, the second-highest skilled league in Sweden.
Sandstrom spent many of the shortened 2019-20 season with the Flyers’ ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals, where he had a 13-11-1 report with a 3.27 GAA, a .885 save share and two shutouts. He additionally made one reduction image for the Phantoms that season, stopping seven photographs in 19 minutes of motion. He had made his AHL debut with Lehigh Valley the earlier season, stopping 40 of 43 photographs in a 4-3 win at Providence on April 12.
Before coming to North America, Sandstrom spent the majority of the earlier three seasons taking part in within the Swedish Hockey League, the highest skilled league in Sweden, splitting his time between Brynas IF and HV71. In 79 profession SHL games, Sandstrom has a report of 40-35-0 with a 2.40 GAA and a .907 save share. He has represented Sweden at two World Junior Championships, most lately handing over a report of 4-2 with a 2.17 GAA and .915 save share at the 2017 occasion where Sweden completed fourth.
A 6-2, 191-lb native of Gavle, Sweden, Sandstrom was drafted by the Flyers within the third spherical (70th general) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
There was some hypothesis that the Flyers re-signed Sandstrom undeniably in order that they have a goalie to reveal within the growth draft.
Ian Laperriere will surely be himself, deal with health, instill construction as Phantoms head coach
However, Sandstrom will surely be staying in North America and taking part in with the Phantoms.
Just re-signed Felix Sandstrom will surely be staying in Lehigh Valley for subsequent season, per the Flyers. He will not be taking part in in Europe.
— Charlie O’Connor (@charlieo_conn) June 8, 2021
Sandstrom ought to have a robust probability to be the Phantoms beginning goalie and the Flyers’ third goalie subsequent season. In his remaining six begins with the Phantoms this season, Sandstrom went 3-1-2 with a .943 save share (198 saves on 210 photographs). He didn’t permit greater than three objectives in any of those six games.
Sandstrom is one of some goalies that new Phantoms head coach Ian Laperriere may have at his disposal. The Flyers additionally signed Samuel Ersson, a further SHL product, to an entry-level guarantee last week.
DONE DEAL: We’ve signed goaltender Samuel Ersson to a three-year entry-level guarantee. https://t.co/8ApzYg7nPE
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 3, 2021
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