It took a while, but the Flyers finally managed to sign a potential goaltender Ilya Fedotov, announcing that they have signed the netminder to a one-year entry-level contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 25-year-old was drafted in the seventh round in 2015 and the only reason Philadelphia was able to keep his rights for so long without ever signing him is because the Russian Hockey Federation didn’t sign a player transfer deal. with the NHL. He was restricted to signing a one-year contract due to his age.
Fedotov had a stellar KHL career, recording a 2.13 GAA with a 0.925 SV% in 89 games over seven years. His numbers this season were very close to that as he posted a GAA of 2.00 and an SV% of 0.919 in 26 appearances for CSKA Moscow during the regular season. He was even better in the playoffs, helping his team engineer come back after losing 3-1 to Metallurg Magnitogorsk while recording a 1.85 GAA and 0.937 SV% in 22 games. Fedotov can also be recognized from the Olympics as he adapted for the Russian Olympic Committee in this tournament, helping them win a silver medal.
Fedotov is unlikely to come to North America to play with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. Instead, we should expect him to form the other half of their goalkeeping tandem with Carter Hart and with the youngster struggling for the past two seasons, the 6’8 Fedotov will have the opportunity to get some playing time right away. The Flyers had to wait almost seven years to sign Fedotov and they will soon find out if he was worth the wait.