Hugo Fagerblom

Hometown:

Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-01-09

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2014

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

7th round (182nd overall), 2014

Weight:

202 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2011-12: Hugo Fagerblom joined the Frolunda U16 team in Sweden after playing youth hockey for Boras and skated in an international game with the Sweden U16 team. He represented Goteborg in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. In seven games for Frolunda he had a 1.72 goals against and .928 save percentage. Fagerblom had a 3.02 goals against and .880 save percentage in his one game with the Sweden U16 team. He posted a 3.02 goals against and .899 save percentage in five games for Goteborg.

2012-13: Fagerblom was one of the top goalies in the South Division of the Sweden U18 league as Frolunda finished second to Linkopings. In 11 games he was 7-4 with 3 shutouts and had a league-best 1.64 goals against and .929 save percentage. Fagerblom appeared in one playoff game in the three-game series against Brynas; stopping 13 of 15 shots in 34 minutes of ice time in relief of starter Fredrik Bergvik in a 6-5 loss in the decisive third game.

2013-14: Fagerblom combined with Victor Brattstrom to form one of the top goaltending tandems in the Sweden U18 league as Frolunda finished first in the South Division and captured a bronze medal in the playoffs. In eight league games he was 5-3 with 1 shutout and had a 2.24 goals against and .916 save percentage. Frolunda defeated Djurgardens 4-2 in the playoff bronze medal game after falling to MODO in the semifinals. Fagerblom was 1-1 in two playoff games with a 2.01 goals against and .917 save percentage. Not among the 15 international goalies in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Florida in the seventh round (182nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Fagerblom has the size and frame of a prototypical NHL goaltender and has had some success at the U18 level in Sweden. Drafted directly out of the U18 league with little time competing in junior hockey nor at the international level, he has not faced the same level of competition as some of the other goalies in his draft class. But his success in domestic U18 play, along with his physical tools, caught the attention of Panthers' scouts. Fagerblom is still fairly raw as a prospect but should continue to develop as he gains experience.

Future

Fagerblom is playing in Sweden in 2014-15 — appearing in his first men's league games with AllSvenskan's Boras and splitting the goaltending duties for first-place Frolunda in the SuperElit U20 league with Sharks' 20-year-old prospect Fredrik Bergvik. While Fagerblom has not been as dominant as Bergvik, he has played well when called upon and should continue to progress. Long-term, as with any seventh round pick, and particularly with a young goalie, it is difficult to project Fagerblom's future prospects. His size and production to this point suggest he could be an NHL starter one day. It is equally possible that his career peaks in the lower levels of hockey in Europe.

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