2007-08: Philip Samuelsson played with PF Chang’s Midget U18 AAA team out of Phoenix Arizona. Selected in the 2nd round, 25th overall by Chicago Steel in the 2007 USHL Futures Draft. Also selected 10th round, 199th overall by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.
2008-09: Joined the Chicago Steel for his season in the USHL. Was named to the USHL’s East Division All-Star Team. On the international front, he played for Team Sweden at the Four Nations Tournament. Played for Team USA at the u18 Five Nations Tournament.
2009-10: In his freshman season with Boston College, Samuelsson managed 1 goal and 13 assists in 42 games en route to a Frozen Four championship.
2010-11: In his sophomore season with Boston College, Samuelsson took on greater responsibilities defensively, playing often against opponents top lines. He managed 4 goals and 12 assists as well as 72 penalty minutes. At the end of the season he signed an entry-level deal with the Penguins.
2011-12: Samuelsson played primarily in a lower pairing role for Pittsburgh AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton in his first pro season, He appeared in 46 games; scoring 1 goal with 8 assists and was plus-four with 26 penalty minutes. The Penguins reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Samuelsson played in 10 of 12 playoff games and was minus-two with 1 assist and 18 penalty minutes. He spent time late in the season in the ECHL with Wheeling. In eight games with the Nailers, including three playoff contests, he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-three with 11 penalty minutes.
Samuelsson is a very green, but reliable defensive-defensemen who is still developing. He gets himself into a good position, which makes him a big presence down low. Very conscious in his own end. Does a good job of getting stick in passing lanes and forcing turnovers, especially with a poke check. Should take the play to the opposition instead of waiting. Average skater who needs work to on improving his overall footwork, strength, and stride. Also needs to become more efficient moving the puck out of his own zone. Has a tendency to try and force the puck up ice. Generally stays glued on the back end in the offensive zone. Developing a hard shot from the back end. Needs to get quicker with his hands in all areas. Sees time on special teams.
Samuelsson will spend the next few seasons refining his shutdown style game at the professional level.