After the Ivan Fedotov saga appears to have come to an end, the Philadelphia Flyers have pivoted their future goaltending hopes onto another young prospect. Drafted in the third round in 2021, the Flyers have signed goaltender Alexei Kolosov to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal carries a cap hit of $925K in total, with 92.5K coming as a signing bonus.
Kolosov, just 21-years-old, has already earned himself a starting role in the KHL this past season. Playing for HC Dinamo Minsk, he has shined with a 2.55 GAA and a .912 SV%. His team had sent him a qualifying offer about a month ago and he had said that he would be returning to play for another year. This doesn’t necessarily change that. The Flyers may have simply seen enough to offer him a contract when he comes over. Playing in the KHL, Philadelphia would’ve continued to hold his rights until he came to North America.
Kolosov has been an intriguing prospect to watch over the years. He has rarely posted a save percentage below .900 during his entire career, dating back to 2017-18, according to Elite Prospects. He has also spent the last three seasons in Russia’s top league, meaning he debuted at just 19-years old. And his numbers were impressive for his age in the nine games he appeared in back in 2020-21. He posted a 2.69 GAA and a .911 SV%. He also recorded top numbers for Dinamo-Molodechno in Belarus that season as well, ending up with a 2.23 GAA and a .915 SV%.
His stock in the Flyers organization has only seemed to grow since being drafted in 2021. There’s a chance he coins come over and compete for a spot during training camp, but there is currently a log jam at the goaltending spot. The goaltenders expecting to be fighting for spots are Carter Hart, Cal Petersen, Sam Ersson and Felix Sandstrom. With Hart already pinned as the starting goaltending, barring a trade, that’s three players fighting for one spot.
Philadelphia doesn’t need Kolosov to come over just yet. He can continue to develop his game in the KHL and the Flyers can simply loan him back to his team. The entry-level deal does signify how happy the organization is with his progress. So it’s possible he does make his professional debut next season. We won’t know for sure until closer to training camp in September. But if what he has done in the KHL is any indication, the Flyers goaltending pool continued to be well stocked.