Philip Samuelsson
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Philip Samuelsson

Hometown:

Phoenix Arizona

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-07-26

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Pittsburgh, 2014

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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. Samuelsson was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, 61st overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft.

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.

2012-13: Samuelsson played for the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in his second pro season. He scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was +10 with 70 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished third in the AHL’s East Division and reached the Eastern Conference Finals against Syracuse. Samuelsson skated in all 15 playoff games and was -2 with 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Samuelsson made his NHL debut in December — joining the Penguins for five games after the NHL squad’s defense corps had a rash of injuries — and played for the club’s AHL affiliate in his third pro season. He had no points nor penalties and was -1, averaging 15:34 minutes of ice time. He played 64 regular season games with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, scoring 3 goals with 19 assists, and was +17 with 66 penalty minutes. The Penguins finished second in the East Division and reached the AHL Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season. A late season lower-body injury kept Samuelsson out of the first nine playoff games. In eight playoff games he had 1 assist and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes. Samuelsson was tendered a qualifying offer by the Penguins in June and signed a one-year two-way contract with Pittsburgh as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Samuelsson is a reliable defensive defenseman. He gets himself into a good position and is very conscious in his own end. He does a good job of getting stick in passing lanes and forcing turnovers, especially with a poke check. Samuelsson is a little passive at times in his own end. He is an average skater who needs to get quicker and more explosive, particularly in his first step. Effective at moving the puck out of his own zone, Samuelsson has a hard shot from the point, but his offensive abilities are limited.

Future

Samuelsson was acquired by the Arizona Coyotes from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional draft pick in a December 2014 trade. He began the 2014-15 season with Pittsburgh AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, skating in 22 games before the trade. Samuelsson appeared in four NHL games with the Coyotes during a January call-up but has primarily played for AHL affiliate Portland. Now in his fourth pro season, the 23-year-old enjoyed his best AHL season offensively in 2013-14 with the Penguins but has not matched that type of production this season. His size makes him a potential lower pairing defenseman at the NHL level one day. He is equally likely to be a career AHL player who sees time in the NHL level as an occasional injury call-up.

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