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Fantasy Summary

Talented goaltender with good size and has the upside to become a reliable NHL starter, most likely to settle in as a 1A/1B option in net. He needs to continue to prove he can stay healthy.


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August 2023 – Ersson signed a two-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers. The contract is worth $2.9 million with a $1.45 million AAV, which kicks in before the start of the 2024-25 NHL season. Ersson, 23, was on the final year of his rookie contract in 2023-24 and was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season; he is under contract with the Flyers through 2025-26. Mark Henry

July 2023 – After an injury-prone 2021-22 season, Ersson’s comeback season helped lead the Lehigh Valley Phantoms into the postseason in 2022-23. During the regular season, he was 24-17-1 with a 2.84 GAA and .900 SV % in 42 appearances with the Phantoms. At the NHL level, he appeared in twelve games with the Philadelphia Flyers this season. Overall, Ersson finished with a 6-3-0 record; while his overall numbers weren’t great, with a 3.07 GAA and .899 SV% with the Flyers, he showed he could earn a spot in the future at the NHL. He is entering his final season of a three-year contract signed in 2021 and will become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2023-24 season. Mark Henry

June 2022 – Struggling with a reoccurring lower-body injury, Ersson only saw action in five AHL games with the Phantoms this season. In those contests, he averaged a 2.96 GAA and a .893 SV%. Still highly regarded as a promising goalie prospect in Philadelphia’s farm system, Ersson looks to bounce back in 2022-23 with Lehigh Valley. John Gove

November 2020 – Ersson has been off to a terrific start in his second SHL season. He is really been making the most of his noticeably improved situation with better teammates to work with. His on-ice confidence is starting to fall in line with his compete level. There are only so many starts to go around for goalies, so barring him running the table he is likely to be kept over there as long as they can to let the goaltending timeshares higher up in the depth chart work themselves out. Edric Joseph

 

May 2019 – Ersson has been named the MVP of the Allsvenskan for the 2018-2019 season. The MVP award is voted by the players in the league which makes it even more valuable. Ersson was also voted as the best goalie in the league by a jury of experts, so he definitely earned the respect of everyone who follows the league. After the season, Ersson signed a contract with Brynäs in the SHL where he will play next season after dominating in the second-best league in Sweden.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

March 2019 – Ersson has had a breakout season with Västerås in Allsvenskan which is the second-highest level in Sweden. He was selected as the top junior player in the league, and he was arguably the top goalie in the league as well. Allsvenskan is often an overlooked and underappreciated league but it’s a very good professional league where other high-end prospects like Elias Pettersson and Emil Bemström have proven their worth before jumping to the SHL. Ersson was also the number one goalie for Team Sweden at the World Juniors where he also had an excellent performance. As a fifth-round pick from last summer, Ersson may lack pedigree to a certain degree but this season has been a statement saying he’s one of the most talented prospect goalies in the world. It’s highly unlikely he would take over the net in Philadelphia because of Carter Hart standing in his way but there are always teams looking for their goalie of the future, so the Flyers could use him as a trade chip to fill a position of need at some point. Cream always rises to the top, so Ersson will find his own net eventually because he has all the necessary tools to become a very good NHL starter in a few years.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.2
NHL Certainty 6.8
Country SWE
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 20, 1999
Height 6‘2”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 5; Overall: 143

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2013-2014 Falu IF U16U16 Div.1- - -|      
  Falu IF J18 2J18 Div.11 7.95 .889|      
 2014-2015 Falu IF U16U16 SM3 7.33 .842|      
  Falu IF J18 2J18 Div.19 2.38 .934|      
  Falu IF J20J20 Div.10 - -|      
  Falu IFDivision 21 3.17 .909|      
 2015-2016 Brynäs IF J18J18 Region15 1.86 .918|      
  Brynäs IF J18J18 Nationell7 2.56 .922|Playoffs2 2.50 .912
  Brynäs IF J20J20 Nationell0 - -|      
 2016-2017 Brynäs IF J18J18 Region13 1.45 .940|      
  Brynäs IF J18J18 Nationell14 1.64 .943|Playoffs4 2.02 .921
  Brynäs IF J20J20 Nationell12 2.95 .906|      
  Sweden U18WJC-180 - -|      
 2017-2018 Brynäs IF J20J20 Nationell40 2.53 .920|Playoffs5 4.44 .857
  Brynäs IFChampions HL0 - -|      
  Brynäs IFSHL1 3.00 .882|Playoffs0 - -
  Sweden U19 (all)International-Jr3 2.69 .910|      
 2018-2019 Västerås IKHockeyAllsvenskan36 1.95 .933|Qualification5 1.60 .938
  Sweden U20WJC-204 2.23 .922|      
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr7 2.85 .897|      
  Sweden (all)International1 3.00 .875|      
 2019-2020 Brynäs IFSHL35 2.90 .895|      
 2020-2021 Brynäs IFSHL42 2.96 .911|Relegation5 1.30 .949
  Sweden EHT1 0.92 .972|      
  SwedenWC0 - -|      
  Sweden (all)International2 1.50 .936|      
 2021-2022 Lehigh Valley PhantomsAHL5 2.96 .893|      
 2022-2023 Philadelphia FlyersNHL12 3.07 .899|      
  Lehigh Valley PhantomsAHL42 2.84 .900|Playoffs3 3.71 .875
 2023-2024 Philadelphia FlyersNHL51 2.82 .890|      
  SwedenWC3 1.00 .925|      
  Sweden EHT- - -|      
  Sweden (all)International1 3.69 .867|      

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