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Philip Bo Samuelsson (born July 26, 1991) is a Swedish-American professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). Samuelsson was drafted in the second round, 61st overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is the son of two-time Penguins Stanley Cup winner, Ulf Samuelsson.[3]

Philip Samuelsson
Philip Samuelsson 2013-12-21 3.JPG
With the Penguins in December 2013.
Born (1991-07-26) July 26, 1991 (age 27)
Leksand, Sweden[1][2]
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Pittsburgh Penguins
Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft 61st overall, 2009
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2011–present

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BackgroundEdit

Samuelsson was born in Leksand, Sweden,[1][2] and raised in the United States where his father played in the National Hockey League (NHL) until 2000.[citation needed] As a youth, he played in the 2004 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Philadelphia Flyers minor ice hockey team.[4] Samuelsson played at Avon Old Farms in 2005–06, and two season for PF Changs of the Midwest Elite Hockey League while living in Scottsdale, Arizona where his father was an assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes.[5] His younger brother Henrik currently plays for Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL.[citation needed]

Playing careerEdit

He began playing junior hockey with the US National Development Program before joining the Chicago Steel of the USHL in 2008–09.[6] In his season in Chicago, Samuelsson recorded 22 assists in 54 games and was an East Division All-Star.[5]

He competed in the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships and won the gold medal with Team USA.[5][7] After playing only one season of junior hockey, Samuelsson began playing college hockey with Boston College in 2009.[5] He helped the Boston College Eagles to the 2010 NCAA Tournament title in his freshman year.[citation needed]

Philip made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 16, 2013.[8] On December 5, 2014 Samuelsson was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional fifth round pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.[9]

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Samuelsson became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Arizona Coyotes made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Samuelsson filed for Salary Arbitration.[10]

On July 2, 2016, Samuelsson agreed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.[11] He was assigned to AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps to begin the 2016–17 season. In 40 games with the IceCaps, Samuelsson posted only 5 points from the blueline before he was traded by the Canadiens to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Keegan Lowe on February 21, 2017. His father, Ulf, is currently an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks.[citation needed]

On October 4, 2018, Samuelsson signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Chicago Steel USHL 54 0 22 22 60
2009–10 Boston College HE 42 1 13 14 36
2010–11 Boston College HE 39 4 12 16 72
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 46 1 8 9 26 10 0 1 1 18
2011–12 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 5 0 1 1 11 3 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 65 2 8 10 70 15 0 2 2 8
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 64 3 19 22 66 8 0 1 1 8
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 22 0 4 4 20
2014–15 Portland Pirates AHL 51 5 15 20 31 5 1 2 3 4
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Springfield Falcons AHL 56 4 27 31 32
2015–16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2016–17 St. John's IceCaps AHL 40 1 4 5 21
2016–17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 25 3 11 14 14 5 1 1 2 2
2017–18 Charlotte Checkers AHL 76 4 17 21 48 8 1 2 3 2
2018–19 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 67 4 11 15 26
NHL totals 13 0 0 0 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC18   7 0 3 3 4
Junior totals 7 0 3 3 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Player Bio:Philip Samuelsson". Elite Hockey Prospects. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Player Bio:Philip Samuelsson". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Molinari, Dave (June 28, 2009). "NHL Draft: Penguins'2nd-round pick is Philip Samuelsson". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
  4. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "Player Bio:Philip Samuelsson". Boston College. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
  6. ^ Kimelman, Adam (June 22, 2009). "Samuelsson has much in common with famous father". NHL.com. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Dahlia, Jeff (April 6, 2009). "2009 prospects: Philip Samuelsson". Hockey's Future. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
  8. ^ "Maple Leafs @ Penguins boxscore". Pittsburgh Penguins. December 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "Coyotes trade Klinkhammer, conditional fifth to Penguins for Samuelsson". The Sports Network. December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "Player arbitration cases announced". National Hockey League. July 5, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  11. ^ "One-year, two-way contract for Philip Samuelsson". Montreal Canadiens. July 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "Phantoms Ink D Philip Samuelsson to One-Year Deal". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.

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