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.

2014-15: Fagerblom split time between the pipes with Sharks goaltending prospect Fredrik Bergvik for Frolunda’s U20 team. He played in 20 games and recorded a 2.33 goals-against average as well as an .899 save percentage. He also started four playoff games where he posted a 2.01 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage. Fagerblom was also loaned to Borås HC of the second division for three games.

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 expected to carry the bulk of the workload for the U20 Frolunda team in 2015-16 and could potentially see time up with the big club if his play warrants a recall, particularly with Linus Fernstrom moving onto Karlskrona HK.

Several Florida Panthers prospects enjoy terrific seasons in NCAA

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Photo: Ed Wittchow has completed his senior season at the University of Wisconsin. (Courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Ed Wittchow has completed his senior season at the University of Wisconsin. (Courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

The Florida Panthers have heavily utilized the NCAA as a means of slowly developing their prospects and that much was evident this season. The Panthers had eight prospects spread evenly at each position playing college hockey this season. Some, like defensemen Ian McCoshen and Michael Downing are highly-touted within the organization, while others, like young winger Miguel Fidler and goaltender Evan Cowley, fall under the “projects” category. Read more»

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