The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Felix Sandstrom to an entry-level contract. Sandstrom, drafted in the third round (70th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, had been playing in Sweden up until now. He will now have a chance to play in North America with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Sandstrom had an impressive 2016-17 season with Brynas IF, helping them to the SHL Finals, but had a tough road this year. He dealt with injuries and could never really get his footing with one team. He signed with HV71 last month, but must’ve had an out clause to come over to North America.
Coming into the season it looked like Sandstrom had nearly just as promising of a future as Carter Hart. He has a few years of professional hockey under his belt in Sweden and has a refined skillset in the crease.
Sandstrom was incredibly impressive against his peers at the 2017 World Junior Championships. He was named the top goalie in the tournament with a .915 save percentage and 2.17 goals against average in six games.
Here’s a look at one of his best saves from the tournament.
Sandstrom will likely spend the rest of the season with the Phantoms and be a part of their goalie tandem next season.
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