The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday made a minor trade of second-generation defensemen, sending the Charlotte Checkers’ Keegan Lowe to Montreal for Philip Samuelsson, the son of Charlotte head coach Ulf Samuelsson.
Samuelsson, 25, has spent this season with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League, scoring one goal and adding four assists in 40 games. He has 13 games of NHL experience with the Coyotes and Penguins, who drafted him in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft, and has yet to score at the NHL level. He is signed to a one-year, two-way contract, and will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights at the end of the season.
Lowe made two appearances for the Hurricanes in 2015 and has spent the past two seasons exclusively in Charlotte. He has three goals and nine assists in 49 games this season, and will also be an RFA at the end of the season.
The release from the team is below.
CANES ACQUIRE PHILIP SAMUELSSON FROM CANADIENS
Keegan Lowe dealt to Montreal in swap of defensemen
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.
Samuelsson, 25, has five points (1g, 4a) and 21 penalty minutes in 40 American Hockey League (AHL) games this season with the St. John’s IceCaps. Originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, 61st overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Samuelsson (6’3”, 210 lbs.) has appeared in 13 career NHL games with the Penguins and Arizona Coyotes. The Leksand, Sweden, native has totaled 101 points (16g, 85a) and 266 penalty minutes in 344 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Portland, Springfield and St. John’s. He is the son of Charlotte Checkers Head Coach Ulf Samuelsson.