Arizona Coyotes Recall Defenseman Philip Samuelsson


The Arizona Coyotes have recalled defenseman Philip Samuelsson from their AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons on an emergency basis.

The Arizona Coyotes recalled 24-year-old defender Philip Samuelsson from the Springfield Falcons on Friday afternoon.

Samuelsson has just twelve games of NHL experience to his name across three NHL seasons split between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Coyotes.

Philip Samuelsson is the older brother of forward Henrik Samuelsson, whom is also a member of the Arizona Coyotes organization playing with the Springfield Falcons.

The Yotes acquired the elder brother Philip Samuelsson in a trade with Pittsburgh that sent forward Rob Klinkhammer to the Penguins.

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It’s fair to say that neither player involved in that 2014 trade had much of an impact on their new team, with Klinkhammer skating only 10 games for the Penguins before moving on to Edmonton.

For Samuelsson, he’s likely chomping at the bit to get another crack at proving himself to head Coach Dave Tippett.

Here is the Arizona Coyotes press release on the call-up:

"Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled defenseman Philip Samuelsson (on emergency basis) from the Springfield Falcons, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate (AHL). The 24-year-old Samuelsson has recorded 4-26-30 in 53 games with Springfield this season. The Leksand, Sweden native has played in nine NHL games, including four games with Arizona during the 2014-15 campaign. Samuelsson was drafted out of Boston College by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round (61st overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft."

The call-up could be in response to Nicklas Grossmann not being on the ice for practice today.

AZCentral’s Sarah McLellan reported Grossmann was the only player absent from the ice. She later tweeted that head coach Dave Tippett said Grossmann had taken a maintenance day which leaves the reason for the recall up in the air.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still doubtful for tomorrow night’s matchup against the playoff bound Tampa Bay Lightning.

OEL has missed the past four games with a shoulder injury while the Coyotes have won three in a row with their best player in the press box.

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Samuelsson’s call-up may be Don Maloney and Dave Tippett preferring to have seven defensemen on the roster with Ekman-Larsson unavailable.

If that is the case and the recall is unrelated to a potential Grossmann injury, it’s unlikely we’ll see Samuelsson take the ice on Saturday or Sunday for the Coyotes.