Biography
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’3"
Weight: 198 lbs
Birthday: 7/26/1991
Hometown: Leksand, Sweden
Draft: 2nd round (61st overall), 2009 (Pittsburgh)
Acquired: Draft (2009)
Player Type: Defensive D
NHL Comparable: Kurt Sauer
 
Career Projection
The Penguins chose Philip Samuelsson, the son of former Pittsburgh Penguins tough guy Ulf Samuelsson, in the second round of the ’09 draft. In 08-09 he played for the Chicago Steel (USHL) where he posted 22 points (0+22) and 60 PIM in 54 games. That year, he was also a part of the U.S. National U-18 team where he won a gold medal. This year, he began his quest at Boston College (NCAA), where he has had a solid season so far. Most scouting reports say that although he doesn’t have the physical edge his father did (who does), he doesn’t shy away from physical contact as he likes to finish his checks. The Penguins are very high on this young D-man, although he still has a lot of development to do before turning pro in a few years. As far as career potential in Pittsburgh, he could be penciled in on one of the bottom two defensive pairings in a shut-down role.
 
Strengths
Dependable puck controller.. Excels on the penalty kill.. Can move the puck with crisp passing.. Good along the boards.. Good attitude.. Has potential to be a good NHL shut-down man.. has shown willingness to drop the gloves.. Raw but solid in his own end.. Won’t let anyone stand in/near his crease..
 
Weaknesses
Needs to work on his shot in terms of strength and accuracy.. Although defensively minded it wouldn’t hurt to jump into the play more.. Needs to get his shots off quicker.. Needs to improve gap control.. Needs to become a stronger, faster skater..
 

Achievements/Awards
Earned top defenseman honors as a member of the Avon Old Farms Freshman Team (2005-06)
USHL East Division All-Star (08-09)
•U18 WJC Gold Medal Winner (08-09)