With the 2017 National Hockey League (NHL) trade deadline being a week from Wednesday, the trades are beginning to pick up. The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Keegan Lowe from the Carolina Hurricanes. Heading down south of the border to the Hurricanes organization is Philip Samuelsson.
Position: Defence (Left Shot)
Birthplace: Greenwich, CT, USA
Drafted: 73rd Overall (3rd Round) – 2011 NHL Draft / Carolina Hurricanes
Over the course of the 2016-17 season to date, Keegan Lowe has played the entire year in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Charlotte Checkers, where he has played since the 2013-14 season. In 49 games played, Lowe has recorded 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points, 53 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +4. According to CapFriendly, Keegan Lowe will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
In his professional career, Lowe has tallied 10 goals and 39 assists in 237 AHL games – and he is looking for his first career NHL point after only two career games played. Lowe is no stranger to Canada as he played four full seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League. His fourth season with the Oil Kings he was an assistant captain.
“Lowe is a rugged, stay-at-home defenseman who isn’t afraid to get physical and intimidate the competition. He’s not menacingly big or much of a contributor offensively, but he is the type of glue player teams succeed with, and he has winning bloodlines.” – Hockey’s Future
Keegan Lowe is the son of former NHL player, coach, executive and current Oilers Entertainment Group vice-chairman Kevin Lowe.
Lowe will report to the St. John’s IceCaps in the American Hockey League.
Similar to Lowe, Philip Samuelsson is a left shot defenceman who has spent the last number of seasons in the American Hockey League.
In 344 AHL games, Samuelsson has 16 goals and 85 assists. However, Samuelsson has played 13 games in the NHL where he looks to register his first career point. The 25-year old Leksand, Sweden native was a 2nd round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. Last summer, the Habs signed him to a one-year, two-way contract.
Philip is the son of Stanley Cup champion Ulf Samuelsson. He will report to the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL, where his father Ulf is the head coach.
All About The Habs would like to welcome Keegan Lowe to the organization and wish Philip Samuelsson the best on his future endeavors.