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Magnus Hellberg

Catches: L

Height: 6-5

Weight: 196

Born: 1991-04-04

Hometown: Uppsala, Sweden

Drafted: 2nd round, 38th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

October 2013 - Pekka Rinne's month long trip to the IR opens the door for Hellberg to showcase his skills against NHL talent. While Carter Hutton has played well for the Predators thus far, Hellberg is clearly the goalie of the future and should get his fair share of starts while Rinne is out. Donesh Mazloum

 

August 2013 - Despite coming in to his rookie season in the AHL as the backup to Jeremy Smith, Hellberg's solid play saw the two goalies split games over the course of the season. In 39 games played Hellberg posted a stellar 2.14 GAA and .924 SV%, with 6 shutouts; numbers far superior to Smith's. Hellberg's exceptional play saw him get the starting nod in playoffs where, despite a first round elimination, he shined with a sparkling 1.69 GAA and .944 SV%. Hellberg's smooth assimilation to North American ice was likely the catalyst for the Predators organization's decision to cut ties with both Smith and fellow goaltending prospect Chet Pickard following the season. Hellberg is developing nicely as a prospect and is closing in on NHL readiness. Hellberg has an opportunity to show he can handle an increased workload as he will get the lion's share of the starts for the Admirals in the 2013/2014 season.  Donesh Mazloum

 

 

March 2013 - Magnus Hellberg is a tall, agile young netminder who plays a butterfly style and covers the lower net extremely well. He appears much smaller than he is when challenging shooters, and displays impressive leg drive and speed. While his glove hand is reliable, he will need to cover more of the net to advance as a professional.  Nashville is very patient with goalies and has two other prospects in their system (Chet Pickard and Jeremy Smith) that were also high draft picks. Smith is the heir apparent to Chris Mason as the backup to Pekka Rinne, so Hellberg’s road to the NHL may take him to another team. Hellberg has already moved ahead of Pickard (currently in the ECHL) and has proven to be a steady backup to Jeremy Smith for Nashville’s AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. While he has played fewer games than Smith (23 vs. 41) his stat line is better: 2.39 GAA vs. 2.83 and a solid .918 SV% vs. .905. With 3 shutouts already, he has shown the mental focus to dominate at this level.

 

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Hellberg has a lot of upside and as a high draft pick he'll get his chance. But in Nashville, the wait will be a long one.

 

 

Footage:

Magnus Hellberg’s first shutout:

 

 

Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):

 

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Magnus Hellberg's statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects


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