Flyers sign goalie Kolosov to three-year entry-level deal

Alexei Kolosov

     Down at the NHL Draft in Nashville last month, Flyers general manager Daniel Briere selected a pair of goaltenders with second- and third-round picks.

     After the draft at Bridgestone Arena, he smiled and remarked, “you can never have too many goaltenders.”

     Apparently he meant what he said.

     On Sunday, he officially added another netminder to the fold when he signed goalie Alexei Kolosov of Belarus, a former third-round draft pick, to a three-year entry-level contract.

     The Flyers already have NHL-tested goalies Carter Hart, Felix Sandstrom and Samuel Ersson.

     In Tennessee they drafted goaltender Carson Bjarason with the 51st overall pick and with the 87th choice they took netminder Egor Ravzagin of Russia.

     Kolosov, 21, went 13-21-5 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .912 save percentage in 42 regular season games during the 2022-23 season with Minsk Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

     The 6-1, 187-pound native of Minsk in Belarus ranked tied for third among KHL goaltenders in assists (two), tied for eighth in games played, 10th, in saves (1,046) and 11th in minutes played (2,378:48).

     The left-glove backstop recorded a career-high 47 saves on a career-high 48 shots on Nov. 30 vs. Spartak, tallied a season-high three-game point streak (2-0-1), stopping 91-of-95 shots from Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and went 1-2-0 with a 3.08 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in three playoff games from March 7-11.

     Kolosov owns a 28-39-7 record with a 2.73 GAA, a .909 SP, two shutouts and three assists in 79 career KHL games, all with Minsk Dynamo, in three seasons (2020-23).

     He was selected by the Flyers 78th overall at the 2021 NHL Draft.

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