RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman Philip Samuelsson from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Keegan Lowe.
In 40 games this season with Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps, the 25-year-old Samuelsson has scored 1 goal and earned 4 assists(5 points). The Leksand, Sweden native has appeared in 344 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Portland, Springfield, and St. John’s, tallying 101 points(16g, 85a) with 266 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, 61st overall of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Samuelsson(6’3″, 210 lbs.) has seen some playing time in the NHL with the Penguins and Arizona Coyotes, appearing in 13 games with both clubs.
He is the son of Ulf Samuelsson, a former NHL defenseman who appeared in 1,080 career NHL games with the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and Philadelphia Flyers, while capturing a pair of Stanley Cup titles with the Penguins in the 1991 and 1992 seasons, and is currently the head coach of Carolina’s AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
The Hurricanes continue their 5-game homestand tonight at PNC Arena in Raleigh as they take on Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the Pittsburgh Penguins(7:00 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).