Updated: Friday, 9:30 a.m.
It appears the Flyers could be adding a Swedish forward to the mix in 2020-21.
Linus Sandin, a 23-year-old who played in the Swedish Elite League during 2019-20, intends to sign with the Flyers, according to a report Thursday night by Sportsnet Canada’s Chris Johnston.
Nothing is official as a contract has not been signed, per the report, so a potential deal could fall through.
"We have no comments at all on the rumor," Sandin's agent Michael Rosell said Friday to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
It sounds like the IIHF transfer agreements will be/have been extended for a year.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 23, 2020
Either way, there's no official entry-level contract yet, but Sandin has picked the Flyers from the group of interested NHL teams.
A 6-foot-1, 209-pound winger, Sandin finished tied for third in the SHL this past season with 19 goals. He scored 36 points in 51 games for HV71.
During 2019-20, the Flyers had five prospects play in the SHL (Olle Lycksell, Linus Hogberg, Adam Ginning, David Bernhardt, Samuel Ersson), so they scout the league well and see it a lot.
Oskar Lindblom and Robert Hagg are also SHL products. Lindblom went from being a 2014 fifth-round pick to winning 2016-17 SHL Forward of the Year with 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists) in 52 games for Brynäs IF as a 20-year-old. Hagg shares the same hometown of Uppsala as Sandin, who is the brother of Rasmus Sandin, a 2018 first-round pick of the Maple Leafs.
@NHLFlyers @Robbanhagg @MapleLeafs @Rasmussandin och HV71-spelaren @LinusSandin , kände att de ville göra skillnad. De har nu tillsammans med IFU Arena sett till att hjältarna på @Akademiska_Nytt fått 850 matlådor! pic.twitter.com/LlOD4amsnH— IFU Arena (@ifuarena) April 22, 2020
Sandin, who went undrafted and turns 24 years old in May, is considered to have bottom-six NHL potential.
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