Gustafsson

 

Johan Gustafsson,G

Catches: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 199

Born: 1992-02-28

Hometown: Koping, Sweden

Drafted: 2010 by Minnesota, 159th overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2014 - Gustafsson was an early season call-up by the Wild, but has since been pushed aside by the play of Darcy Kuemper between the pipes. It seems that the Wild will lean heavily on Kuemper as well as recently acquired Ilya Bryzgalov going forward as they continue their stretch drive to secure a playoff spot. Gustafsson's rookie season with AHL Iowa has been stellar, posting a 12-17-2 record in 35 games with a 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage. At just 22, he still needs more seasoning in the minors before he's ready for the NHL on a permanent basis and with all the question marks surrounding the Wild's goaltending future -- the health of Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom, Bryzgalov's return next season -- it's probably for the better. One thing is for certain, Gustafsson will have Kuemper to contend with for starts in the Wild's crease down the road. Jamie Zadow


October 2013 – Minnesota has recalled Johan Gustafsson from AHL Iowa. Gustafsson is 2-0-0 with a 1.99 GAA and .935 save percentage, along with one shutout in three games for Iowa so far this season. The 21-year-old played 33 games for Lulea HF in Sweden's Elite League last season, going 20-13-0 with a 1.70 GAA, a .929 save percentage along with four shutouts. Gustafsson is a solid technical goalkeeper and workhorse, with good size in the net. He is still young and will need some seasoning in the AHL before he's ready for the NHL on a permanent basis, but he reads the play very well for a young goaltender. He had a very solid season in 2012-2013 overseas in Sweden and so far this year he has impressed in the three games with AHL Iowa and has earned the call-up in the early part of the NHL season.

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

After another solid year in Sweden, Gustafsson has made the trip to North America where he has competed for starts in AHL Iowa with teammate Darcy Kuemper. Gustafsson has good size and reads the play very well for a young goaltender and could be Minnesota's goaltender of the future.

 

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