One More Time Around – NHL.com

A storybook 2016-17 season for Flyers goaltending prospect Felix Sandstrom lacked a happy ending. Nevertheless, as he turns the page to prepare for next season and beyond, the 20-year-old Swedish netminder is looking at a bright future.

Drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft (70th overall), Sandström has progressed rapidly in his development. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Brynäs IF Gävle goaltender has already logged 49 regular season games and 13 playoff matches at the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) level; a lot for a goalie his age. He has also shined on the international stage.

The Flyers’ organization is pleased with Sandstrom’s development to date. Along with 2016 second-round pick Carter Hart, Lehigh Valley Phantoms netminders Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon and 2017 third-round pick Kirill Ustimenko, the Flyers have one of the deepest pools of highly regarded goaltending prospects in the NHL.

Sandstrom’s long-term plan is push for an NHL job with the Flyers. In the immediate future, however, he plans to spend one additional season with Brynäs.

“I’m in a good position at home in Sweden. I get to play a lot. I really like my goalie coach, too. I think I’m in a good position at home. There’s no reason to rush. I think I needed and want one more year to develop more and be even more ready to come over here,” Sandstrom said during the Flyers Development camp.

The Flyers are on board with this plan.

“We are very comfortable with the way Felix is coming along and he is playing in a good league over there. Every player has his own path,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.

As much as his considerable athleticism, it is Sandstrom’s ability to take things in stride that makes him an unusually

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