Updated: 5:45 p.m.
Swedish defensive prospect Robert Hagg agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Flyers on Friday.
The contract is worth $2,775,000 with an annual average value of $925,000.
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound blue liner was the Flyers' second-round pick (41st overall) in last summer’s NHL Draft.
Hagg is among the Flyers’ top blue-line prospects who are all about a year or two away from playing in the NHL.
The Flyers’ other top two defenseman prospects are Samuel Morin (Rimouski of the QMJHL) and Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College).
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“I don’t know -- 1A, 1B, 1C, how’s that?” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “We like them all. They all bring something different to the table. They’re all good, young defensemen to have in our organization.”
Hagg, who is 19 and has outstanding puck skill and mobility, played in 50 games for MODO in the Swedish Elite League this season, scoring a goal and tallying five assists. He also appeared for Sweden in the World Junior Championships as a shutdown defenseman.
“Before the world juniors, some options opened up for us,” Holmgren said. “We moved forward with it.”
Holmgren said it was “a stretch” to have Hagg playing in the NHL next season.
Hagg projects as a two-way, puck-moving defenseman with the Flyers.
“He’s not like Shayne in terms of getting up in the play with speed,” Holmgren said. “He’s a good, all-round player. He is strong, fit and physically, he is probably more developed than the other two right now.”
Hagg is on a tryout agreement with the Phantoms for the remainder of the year. Holmgren said no decision has been made as to whether the team will also sign Gostisberhere this spring.
There are 15 games left in the Phantoms' season.
Holmgren said the Flyers remain in the hunt for free agent defenseman Christian Folin (UMass-Lowell), who has a number of NHL clubs pursuing him.
“He’s a good-looking player, big, moves the puck," Holmgren said. "Could he jump right in? Probably on the right team, he could.”
Meanwhile, defenseman Valeri Vasiliev, a seventh-round pick of the Flyers in 2012, has informed his club Spartak of the KHL that he won’t be coming back and may come to North America this fall.
“We’ve had some internal conversations about Vasiliev but no decision has been made as to what direction we’re taking,” Holmgren said.