Just when we got word that Brian Dumoulin and Chris Kreider were returning for their junior seasons, a fellow classmate has bolted for the pros. Today, it's Boston College sophomore defenseman Philip Samuelsson, who signs an entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Samuelsson was a second round draft choice of the Pens in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (61st overall pick).
Samuelsson finished the year with 4 goals and 16 assists in 39 games this season, and finishes his career with 5 goals, 25 assists in 81 games.
With Samuelsson turning pro, the Eagles will take a bit of a hit to their blueline, though all of the early departures and graduating players so far have been forwards (or Muse). BC's defensive pairings next season are likely to be Cross-Wey, Dumoulin-Alber and Shea-MacLeod.
Samuelsson will likely join former Eagles Carl Sneep, Chris Collins and Brian Gibbons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton next season.
Congratulations and best of luck to Samuelsson as he continues his career in the NHL.