The Philadelphia Flyers dipped back into the talent pool of the Western Hockey League to add to their organization’s blue line Thursday.
The team announced they had signed Calgary Hitmen defenceman Egor Zamula to an entry-level contract.
The 18-year-old from Chelyabinsk, Russia was originally selected in the first round, 60th overall, by the Regina Pats in the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
During the 2017-18 WHL Regular Season, the 6-foot-3, 160-pound Zamula posted 18 points (2G-16A) in 69 games, spending 38 of them with the Pats and 31 with the Hitmen.
“We are very excited for Egor as today marks the start of his pro career,” said Hitmen General Manager Jeff Chynoweth. “Since arriving in Calgary his game has taken great strides and we believe he will only improve playing in all situations with our club.”
Zamula’s first career WHL goal came during an early February game against the Kamloops Blazers. Both of his goals have come on the power play.
On March 9, 2018, Zamula had the first three-point game of his WHL career, picking up a trio of assists against the Saskatoon Blades. His other multi-point effort came in late February when he had a pair of assists against the Red Deer Rebels.
Ranked by NHL Central Scouting throughout the season, Zamula was not selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, but earned an invitation by the Flyers to rookie camp and wound up playing in a pair of pre-season games.
Zamula will now join a Flyers organization deep with WHL talent, including goaltender Carter Hart, forwards Nolan Patrick, Carsen Twarynski, and Dale Weise as well as defencemen Radko Gudas, Ivan Provorov, and Wyatte Wylie among many others. In addition to Twarynski, Zamula will be joined by another Hitmen alumni in the Flyers’ organization in defenceman Travis Sanheim.