The Philadelphia Flyers have certainly paid attention to Ethan Samson’s impressive start to his Western Hockey League season.
The 19-year-old blueliner from North Delta and member of the Prince George Cougars has signed an entry-level contract with the team that selected him in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2021 NHL Draft.
Samson is among the top scoring defencemen in the WHL with 24 points in 27 games, including nine goals, which ties him for second in the league among blueliners. He recorded his second career multi-goal game against Vancouver back in October.
"I am very honoured and exited to have sighed my first NHL contract with the Flyers. I am very grateful for the opportunites I have been given with the Cougars, for the support of my family and friends, and for my past coaches. Thank-you to all of you who helped me on this journey,” said Samson in a social media post.
Samson’s journey to being an NHL draft prospect began in North Delta Minor Hockey Association’s H1 program. He eventually moved onto the Burnaby Winter Club where he spent the next six seasons before returning home to play for the Delta Hockey Academy in 2017. A year later, he was selected 65th overall by Prince George in the WHL Bantam Draft.