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.

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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.

2015-16: Fagerblom played four games with Grastorps IK in Sweden’s first division and shared the goaltending duties for the Frolunda U20 team with Victor Brattstrom. He had a 3.20 goals against and .910 save percentage playing for Grastorps. Frolunda was fifth in South Division play and Fagerblom was 2-7 with a 3.52 goals against and .861 save percentage. The club finished first in SuperElit Top 10 play and Fagerblom was 7-1 with a 3.98 goals against and .865 save percentage. He was 0-2 in two playoff games and had a 6.23 goals against and .776 save percentage.

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 played four games in the lower tier men's league in Sweden and played for the Frolunda U20 team in 2015-16. A huge goalie who was drafted as a long range projection pick, he struggled at times and is still fairly raw as a prospect. Selected in 2014 by the Panthers, he has yet to sign an entry-level contract. He has yet to sign a new contract with Frolunda so his short-term future is equally uncertain.

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