Hogberg is another Flyers prospect that will begin his season overseas until the AHL season is underway.
As they have done before, the Flyers have loaned another one of their prospects overseas. This time it is defenseman Linus Hogberg. He will be heading to HC Vita Hästen of the Swedish Allsvenskan League.
The 22-year-old is heading to Sweden’s 2nd-level pro division and season after spending time in the SHL. It is a slightly interesting decision that he isn’t back on the main roster. It could be to get his feet wet after so much time off.
It is also possible the SHL roster was set before the decision to loan Hogberg. He has spent his entire professional career playing for various teams in Sweden. He has also seen brief time with the international team on three separate occasions.
The Flyers signed Hogberg to an entry-level contract back in May. That came on the heals of the deadline to retain his rights. He was coming off a solid season for Vaxjo of the SHL. Hogberg posted five goals and 14 points, both of which were career highs in the league.
He has steadily improved over his time in Sweden. He was set to make his professional debut with the Phantoms this upcoming season. He will now have to wait a bit longer to make that happen.
There hasn’t been much word on what the AHL plans to do heading into next season. The NHL is trying to start up the next season around December. That could give us an idea of the AHL may try to make a decision.
There’s almost no doubt the agreement to send Hogberg overseas included an opt-out for whenever the AHL season begins. He is the fifth Flyers prospect to have been sent out on loan.
Hogberg would be joining a young Phantoms defense that appears to be set heading into the season. Wyatte Wylie and Egor Zamula will also be entering their first AHL season. Sam Morin is expected to return as well.