The Philadelphia Flyers have announced a change to their current goaltending picture, as they have activated Felix Sandstrom off of season-opening injured reserve. In a corresponding move, Samuel Ersson was sent down to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Sandstrom, 25, has been a member of the Flyers organization since the 2015 draft, where he was made a third-round pick of the team, getting selected 70th overall. Sandstrom spent the bulk of last season as AHL Lehigh Valley’s primary netminder, posting a .902 save percentage in 44 games. Sandstrom also got five games of NHL action, going 4-1 with a .910 save percentage.
The Flyers clearly believe that he’s ready to make the jump to the NHL and become Carter Hart’s backup, hence the move here he install Sandstrom in that role and send Ersson down.
As for Ersson, the 22-year-old goalie made his North American professional debut last season, playing five games for the Phantoms and posting a .893 save percentage. Before that, Ersson was a starting netminder in his native Sweden’s top league, the SHL. The 22-year-old goalie will now head to Lehigh Valley to compete with veteran Troy Grosenick for time in crease at the Flyers’ AHL affiliate.