Magnus Hellberg

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Magnus Hellberg
Magnus Hellberg.jpg
Magnus Hellberg at the 2011 NHL Draft.
Born (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 25)
Uppsala, Sweden
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Almtuna IS
Frölunda HC
Nashville Predators
NHL Draft 38th overall, 2011
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2009–present

Magnus Hellberg (born 4 April 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Magnus was selected 38th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and was the first goaltender selected in the draft.

Hellberg almost didn't make the trip from Sweden to St. Paul, Minnesota for the draft, citing it was "50-50" that he'd even be drafted. Because of the last minute decision to come, the only person with him was his agent.[1]

Technically, he was the first player to wear the new, redesigned Nashville jersey. The home gold version had still not been unveiled by the team and the road white debuted at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Additionally, the Predators did not have a first round pick, giving Hellberg the honor of becoming the first player to wear it.[2]

During the 2012–13 season, Hellberg appeared in 39 regular season games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and two games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.[3] He added four more games with Milwaukee during AHL post-season.

On 26 October 2013, Hellberg made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators, playing 12 minutes after replacing starter Carter Hutton in a game against the St. Louis Blues.[4] With the Predators system crowded at both NHL and AHL levels, he was assigned to ECHL affiliate, the Cyclones, to finish the 2013–14 season.

On 1 July 2015, Hellberg was traded to the New York Rangers for a 6th round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.[5]

Hellberg was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack upon his arrival in New York, but was called up on 18 December to serve as a backup to Henrik Lundqvist while Antti Raanta was recovering from a head injury. Hellberg took the ice in a 20 December game against the Washington Capitals after Lundqvist allowed 5 goals; The Rangers eventually lost the game 7-3. On 30 December, Hellberg was sent back down to the Wolf Pack, after Raanta was cleared to return. On 15 January 2017, Rangers backup Antti Raanta suffered a lower body injury against the Montreal Canadiens. As a result, Hellberg was called up to the NHL to back up the Rangers for about a week while Raanta recovered.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010–11 Almtuna IS Allsv 31 1790 61 5 2.04 .935
2011–12 Frölunda HC SHL 17 1016 42 2 2.48 .908
2011–12 Örebro HK Allsv 1 1 0 0 61 2 0 1.98 .923 2 4.04 .884
2012–13 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 39 22 13 0 2107 75 6 2.14 .924 4 1 3 248 7 1 1.69 .944
2012–13 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 2 1 1 0 119 5 0 2.52 .923
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 21 5 13 1 1168 55 1 2.82 .911
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 12 1 0 5.00 .750
2013–14 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 7 5 1 1 394 19 0 2.89 .901
2014–15 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 38 15 10 6 2007 78 3 2.33 .913
2015–16 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 53 30 20 3 3098 124 3 2.40 .918
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .667
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 32 3 0 5.59 .700

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2009–10 J20 Elit (East) Best GAA (1.97)
  • 2009–10 J20 Elit (East) Best SVS% (.929)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gover, Jeremy K. "LIVE FROM THE NHL DRAFT: Preds 1st pick Magnus Hellberg speaks…". section303.com. 
  2. ^ Gover, Jeremy K. "LIVE FROM THE NHL DRAFT: Preds runner Nik debuts new jersey…". section303.com. 
  3. ^ "Five debut give ECHL 520 players to reach NHL". ECHL. 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  4. ^ Korac, Louie. "Steen's pair leads Blues past Predators". Nashville Predators. 
  5. ^ McKenna, Ryan (1 July 2015). "Rangers acquire Magnus Hellberg from Predators". Sportsnet. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

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