The Philadelphia Flyers organizational goalie shuffle just got a little bit clearer.
With Sandstrom likely spending another year in Sweden the picture looks a bit clearer for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Rather than splitting time in the AHL, Sandstrom will be able to play a full season as a starting goalie in the SHL. That opens up a starting spot on the Phantoms for either Anthony Stolarz or Alex Lyon, whoever the Flyers may bring back.
Sandstrom is still just 20-years old and will have a chance to take the reigns as the starter for Brynas next season. He played in 22 games this past season with a 2.25 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. He played in 13 playoff games posting a 2.83 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.
The young Swedish goaltender has been making solid strides over the past few seasons. Sandstrom was named the best goalie at the 2017 World Juniors thanks to a 9-2-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
This will be a good test for the young netminder if he becomes the go-to guy for Brynas. The Flyers hope they have a franchise goalie in the pipeline with the likes of Stolarz, Lyon, Sandstrom and back-to-back WHL Goalie of the Year Carter Hart among their goalie prospects. Merrick Madsen, Ivan Fedotov, and Matej Tomek round out the bunch with the Flyers needing to sign a goalie this offseason to help bridge the gap to one of the kids.
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