The Philadelphia Flyers have taken a step in the right direction today with the signing of goaltender Ivan Fedotov, a 25-year-old Russian prospect who has just accomplished some big things.
Fedotov was the Flyers’ 188th overall draft pick in 2015. Since 2015, he has played across the KHL as well as for the Russian national team. Last season, he spent the year helping the CSKA Moskva of said KHL win the Gagarin Cup. In the 26 regular-season games he played this year, he averaged a 2.00 GAA and a .919 save percentage, he also posted 2 shutouts during that time. Into the (eventually successful) playoffs, he played 22 games and ended with 1.85 GAA, .937 save percentage, and the title to win it all.
Along with that, he represented the ROC at the Olympics. Fedotov played 6 games in Beijing and finished with a 4-2-0 record, a 1.61 GAA, and a .943 save percentage. The Russian Olympic Council ended up winning the Silver Olympic medal with his help.
With all these accolades and a newly signed NHL contract, I think he’ll be a great help to Carter Hart as his back-up. Hart is just 23 and he went 13-24-7 this season however, he was the Flyers’ only reliable player. Most nights, he was the only good thing to come out of the worst losses. Now, instead of 32-year-old Martin Jones backing him up, he’ll hopefully have the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Fedotov to help him out. Jones has had a great career but he doesn’t have the same spring in his step that he once did. The Flyers need someone in net that they can trust and I think Fedotov will shape into a great backup. This is the Flyers’ first move of the season and I like it a lot.
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