UPDATE: Although there is still no official word from the Philadelphia Flyers, multiple sources have reported that the deal is an Amateur Tryout Contract for the remainder of this season and an Entry-Level Contract will kick in next year.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have come to terms with defense prospect Robert Hagg. Hagg will come to North America on Monday and will report to the Adirondack Phantoms on Tuesday.
The Flyers selected Hagg with the 41st overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’2″, 204lbs defenseman is 19 years old and will finish the season with the Phantoms. He will likely spend next season with the Phantoms as well. Whether or not the deal is an entry-level contract or just an amateur tryout contract for the rest of this season has not been officially announced. The details should be forthcoming and we will keep you posted in the coming days.
Hagg is a smooth skating, two-way defenseman with decent size. He played in 50 games for the Swedish MODO hockey club this season, registering one goal and five assists. According to Bill Meltzer, who broke this story early this morning and is one of the most knowledgeable men in the business when it comes to European/Swedish hockey, Hagg was the youngest starting defenseman in the Swedish Hockey League this season.
Hagg also had the chance to represent his country at the World Junior Championships earlier this year. In seven games Hagg had one goal, 12 PIMs, and was +4. He showed off his mobility and size, but he was cast in more of a defensive role throughout the tournament.
In his first interview after being drafted Hagg stated that he planned to spend two years in Sweden before coming to North America. He is now coming over after one year. Having played his whole life on the big ice in Sweden, an adjustment period is to be expected. However, it is encouraging to see that he will be able to get a jump on that adjustment process.
If Hagg’s deal is an entry-level contract, the farm system could potentially see Mark Alt, Robert Hagg, Shayne Gostisbehere, Valeri Vasiliev (who said he is coming to North America after this season), and potential college FA Christian Folin (keep your fingers crossed Flyers nation) next season. With Samuel Morin in the QMJHL, the Flyers have the most prospect depth at defenseman than I have ever seen.