2008-09: Jonas Gustavsson made noise this season backstopping Färjestad to a SEL championship. With a 1.96 GAA and a .932 save percentage in the regular season, there was no question why he was highly regarded in the hockey world, but it was in the SEL playoffs that Gustavsson took his game to the next level. In 13 games, he posted a tiny 1.03 goals against and an outstanding .961 save percentage. Along the way, he broke Henrik Lundqvist's (NYR) SEL playoff shutout record of 180 minutes.
Dubbed the best goalie outside the NHL in early 2009, Gustavsson covers a great deal of the net with his 6’3 frame. He’s aggressive and challenges shooters, playing the angles to his advantage. It took a lot of patience on Burke’s part to land this sought-after free agent; sitting out on the opening week of the free-agent frenzy was a testament to his desire to land the netminder.
Gustavsson has all the necessary tools to be an NHL goalie.