The Philadelphia Flyers signed their top draft pick (second round, 46th overall) Samu Tuomaala to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Saturday.
The Flyers traded away their first-round pick in a package for Rasmus Ristolainen, leaving the 46th overall pick as their first selection in the 2021 NHL Draft. Even without a first-round pick, some believe that the Flyers got a first-round talent in Tuomaala.
The speedy Finnish winger had 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 30 games for the Kärpät U20 team in the U20 SM-sarja (Finland). In seven games at the U18 World Junior Championship, Tuomaala had five goals and six assists for 11 points.
Elite Prospects was rather high on him in their pre-draft scouting report:
He reloads to swing wide on his team’s breakout, collects the puck in stride, accelerates through knee-over-knee crossovers, and drives play across the offensive blue line. Blink, and you just might miss him. Tuomaala has a wicked wrist shot, and he can get it off in-stride from either foot
Here is the full press release, via the Flyers:
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed RW Samu Tuomaala to a three-year entry-level contract, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.
Tuomaala, 18 (1/8/2003), was the Flyers’ second-round selection (46th overall) in last month’s 2021 NHL Draft. A native of Oulo, Finland, the 5-10, 174-lb forward posted 15 goals and 16 assists in 30 games last season with Kärpät in Finland’s Under-20 junior league. He also appeared in five games for Kärpät’s senior team in Finland’s top professional league.
A native of Oulu, Finland, Tuomaala has been playing in the Kärpät system since the 2017-18 season. He represented Finland at the 2021 U-18 World Junior Championships and was named to the tournament’s all-star team after ranking sixth in scoring with 11 points (5G, 6A) in seven games.
Tuomaala is expected to play for Kärpät in Finland’s Liiga next season.
Welcome to Philadelphia, Samu!