Linus Ullmark
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Linus Ullmark

Hometown:

Lugnvik Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1993-07-31

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2012

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (163rd overall), 2012

Weight:

198 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Linus Ullmark spent most of the season with MODO’s U18 team and played in two games for Kramfors-Alliansen U18. Playing behind Elias Axelsson-Svensson, he had 1 shutout in four appearances and finished with a 3.00 goals against and .893 save percentage during the Elit league qualifiers. In Allsvenskan play, he appeared in 4 of 18 games for fifth-place MODO and had a 3.44 goals against and .894 save percentage. In the playoffs, he stopped 24 of 25 shots in a win against Kramfors-Alliansen and was in net for MODO’s 6-2 loss to Timra. He finished the playoffs 1-1 with a 3.49 goals against and .850 save percentage. Ullmark allowed 11 goals on 61 shots (.820 save percentage) in two games with Kramfors.

2010-11: Ullmark made one appearance for MODO U20 and handled the bulk of the goaltending for the club’s U18 squad. He allowed 2 goals on 26 shots in his only U20 game. Splitting time with Isak Edman in the U18 Elit league qualifiers, he appeared in 11 games and had 1 shutout with a 2.05 goals against and .925 save percentage (MODO U18 lost just once in 22 games in Elit play, finishing first). MODO finished fourth in Allsvenskan with Ullmark appearing in 13 of 18 games. He recorded four shutouts and had a 2.35 goals against and .913 save percentage. After receiving a first round bye, MODO lost to Skelleftea in a three-game second round playoff series. Ullmark started two of three games – getting a 5-2 win in the opener – and was 1-1 with 3.49 goals against and .850 save percentage.

2011-12: Ullmark made his men’s league debut, appearing in three games in the Elitserien with MODO and was the top goalie for the club’s U20 squad. He made his first pro start with MODO on December 26 in a game against Lulea and stopped 34 of 37 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss. He finished 0-2 with a 3.24 goals against and .889 save percentage in Elitserien play. Ullmark tied Lulea’s Joel Lassinantti for the sixth-best save percentage (.918) in the SuperElit U20 league. In 17 regular season games he had 1 shutout with a 2.50 goals against and .918 save percentage as MODO finished third. Ullmark split time with Anton Forsberg in Top 10 play, appearing in 8 of 18 games, and had a 3.33 goals against and .918 save percentage. In the playoffs MODO faced Rogle in the bronze medal game after falling to Linkopings in the semifinal. Ullmark and Forsberg shared the goaltending duties and in five playoff games Ullmark recored 1 shutout and had a 2.24 goals against and .927 save percentage. Ullmark was ranked seventh amongst European goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Buffalo in the sixth round (163rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Ullmark appeared in eight games in Sweden’s Elitserien with MODO, including two playoff games, and skated in AllSvenskan for Mora in addition to playing for MODO’s U20 junior team. Ullmark was 3-1 with a 2.07 goals against and .934 save percentage in six regular season games for seventh-place MODO. He played in two playoff games, recording MODO’s only win in the five game series with Farjestads; finishing 1-1 with a 1.47 goals against and .955 save percentage. Ullmark was 4-2 in six games with Mora and had a 2.10 goals against and .904 save percentage. Ullmark appeared in three international matches for Sweden but was not part of the silver medal-winning U20 team at the World Junior Championship. In 23 regular season games for MODO’s U20 team he had a 2.04 goals against and .924 save percentage and in five playoff games had a 1.39 goals against and .947 save percentage as MODO finished second.

 2013-14: Ullmark took over as the starter for MODO as a 20-year-old. He was 17-16 in 35 regular season games and had a 2.08 goals against and .931 save percentage. MODO finished eighth in the 12-team league and was swept by Linkopings in a best-of-three play-in series. Ullmark started both games and had a 4.24 goals against and .899 save percentage. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Buffalo in May 2014.

2014-15: Ullmark returned to Sweden on loan to MODO and appeared in 35 regular season games in his second SHL season. He was 12-20-0 with one shutout and had a 3.12 goals against and .905 save percentage. MODO finished last in the 12-team league, facing Allsvenskan’s HC Vita Hasten in the Kval playoffs. He was 4-0 with two shutouts and had a 0.50 goals against and .977 save percentage as MODO swept the series.

Talent Analysis

The former SHL Goalie of the Year is one of Sweden’s top young goaltenders, and is known for his tremendous poise. He is an athletic goalie with a big frame, but also uses his quickness and agility to his advantage. His rebound control is very good, in part due to his strong butterfly.

Future

Ullmark made his NHL debut with the Sabres on October 24th — stopping 28 of 32 shots in a 4-3 loss to New Jersey. He won 4 of his next 5 starts for the Sabres and has shown flashes of potential; splitting the season between Buffalo and AHL affiliate Rochester. Veterans Chad Johnson and Robin Lehner are sharing the starting role in Buffalo but Ullmark has a higher upside in terms of potential.

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