The Habs added some more depth to their blueline on Saturday afternoon as they announced the signing of Philip Samuelsson to a one year, two-way deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 24 year old Samuelsson spent most of last season with Arizona’s AHL affiliate in Springfield. In 56 games with the Falcons (as an alternate captain), he had four goals and 27 assists with 32 PIMS and a -8 rating. He also got into four games with the Coyotes, being held pointless while averaging 15:53 per game.
Originally a second round pick of the Penguins in 2009 (61st overall), Samuelsson has a total of 13 NHL games under his belt between Arizona and Pittsburgh. His father, Ulf Samuelsson, played 1,080 NHL games in his career while his brother, Henrik, was a 1st round pick of the Coyotes in 2012.
Samuelsson was likely signed to be a top pairing defender for Montreal’s AHL team in St. John’s. He will have to clear waivers to make it down there but he did pass through unclaimed last year so there’s a good chance he’ll make it through in late September/early October. He projects as a top pairing blueliner for the IceCaps.