Johan Gustafsson
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Johan Gustafsson


Koping Sweden

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6th round (159th overall), 2010


207 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2008-09: Johan Gustafsson played for Farkestad in the J18 Elite and Allsvenskan brackets.  In games for the Elite team, he registered a 1.94 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.  In 14 games of Allsvenskan play, Gustafsson finished with a 1.63 goal-against average and a .936 save percentage.  Gustafsson was named to Sweden’s Under-18 WJC squad.  He played in 2 games in that tournament, registering a 1.00 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage.

2009-10: Gustafsson played most of his games for Skare BK in Division I, posting a 2.86 GAA and 1.84 save percentage in 26 games. At the U-18 World Championships, he posted a 2.02 GAA and .918 save percentage in 4 tournament games.

2010-11: Gustafsson played for Vasteras in Sweden’s Allsvenskan (second league); sharing the starting duties with veteran Daniel Sperrle Jonsson. Gustafsson had a 2.30 GAA and .911 save percentage with two shutouts in 26 games for fifth-place Vasteras. He appeared in two of six post season games in the pre-Kvalserien tournament and was 1-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .867 save percentage. He also skated in seven games for Vasteras’ U20 team and had a 2.83 GAA and .913 save percentage.

2011-12: Gustafsson shared the goaltending duties for Swedish Elitserien regular season champion Lulea with veteran David Rautio and was in net for gold medal-winning Sweden at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. Gustafsson had six shutouts and finished with a 1.68 goals against and .932 save percentage in 29 games. Lulea was upset by AIK in the quarterfinals of the Elitserien playoffs; four games to one. Gustafsson had Lulea’s only win in the opening game of the series and was 1-2 with a 3.36 goals against and .884 save percentage in three playoff games. Playing in five games for Sweden, he was a perfect 5-0, including  a 17-save shutout in the gold medal game against Russia. He had a 2.20 goals against and .888 save percentage in the tournament. Gustafsson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Minnesota in May, 2012.

2012-13: Gustafsson returned to Sweden for his second season with Lulea and was 20-13 with 4 shutouts in 33 SHL games. He had a 1.70 goals against and .932 save percentage for the fourth-place club. Lulea reached the finals against regular season champion Skelleftea. Gustafsson played 15 playoff games and was 8-7 with a 2.03 goals against and .925 save percentage.

2013-14: Gustafsson played for Minnesota AHL affiliate Iowa in his first pro season in North America. In 40 regular season games he was 12-20-4 with one shutout and had a 2.98 goals against and .903 save percentage. Iowa missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Midwest Division. Gustafsson spent time with Minnesota as a backup during three NHL call-ups but did not see any action. 

Talent Analysis

Gustafsson is a solid technical keeper, with good size. He's still working on some of the finer points of his game, but reads the play well.


Gustafsson competed in the Traverse City rookie tournament and attended training camp with the Wild before being assigned to AHL affiliate Iowa to start the 2013-14 season. While he has made the bulk of the starts for the Iowa Wild he has struggled at times — winning just four of his first 15 starts and briefly being re-assigned to ECHL Alaska for one game in December before being re-called. Now in the second year of his original three-year contract, Gustafsson's potential and skill level have gotten him a long look with Minnesota. Minor league veteran John Curry has out-played Gustafsson in recent weeks but the Wild tend to be patient with prospects — though Gustafsson will eventually have to show some production to match his potential.

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