Magnus Hellberg
Image: Frolunda

Magnus Hellberg

Hometown:

Uppsala Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-04-04

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

2nd round (38th overall), 2011

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Magnus Hellberg played in two games for Arlanda Wings in the Swedish third league (Division 1) and was the starter for Arlanda's U18 team. He had a 3.52 GAA and .844 in 119 minutes of action for the Wings. He played 33 games for the U18 team and had 2 shutouts with a 3.12 GAA and .900 save percentage.

2009-10: Hellberg made one appearance at the pro level, allowing 3 goals in 24 minutes of action for IF Vallentuna (Division 1), and skated in 22 of 26 regular season games for Almtuna's U20 team. Almtuna finished third in their division in the SuperElit league and Hellberg finished with 2 shutouts with a 1.97 GAA and .929 save percentage.

2010-11: Hellberg skated in 31 games for Almtuna in Sweden's Allsvenskan (second league) in his first pro season, sharing the team's goaltending chores with Atlanta Thrashers' prospect Fredrik Petterson-Wentzel. Hellberg was one of the league's top goalies, recording 5 shutouts with a 2.04 GAA and .936 save percentage. He played in five of six elevation playoff games for Almtuna and was 0-5 with one overtime loss with a 3.24 GAA and .908 save percentage. Hellberg was ranked second amongst European goalies in Central Scouting's final rankings and drafted as 20-year-old by the Nashville Predators in the second round (38th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Hellberg appeared in 17 games as a backup to Frolunda's Frederik Andersen (Anaheim) in his first season in Sweden's Elitserien and appeared in three games (including two playoff games) on loan to Orebro in Allsvenskan. He had two shutouts with a 2.60 goals against and .904 save percentage for fifth-place Frolunda. He did not see any playoff action as Andersen played all six games. Hellberg allowed two goals in an overtime win in his only regular season game with Orebro. Orebro competed in the Kval series after finishing first in Allsvenskan. Hellberg started the first two games. a 3-2 loss to Leksands and a 5-1 loss to Rogle, finishing with a 4.04 goals against and .884 save percentage. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Nashville in June, 2012.

2012-13: Hellberg appeared in 39 games for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his first pro season in North America. He finished the regular season 22-13 with six shutouts and had a 2.14 goals against and .924 save percentage. The Admirals finished second in the Midwest Division and lost to Texas in a first round playoff series. After sharing the goaltending duties with AHL veteran Jeremy Smith during the regular season, Hellberg started all four playoff games. He was 1-3 with a 2-0 shutout win in Game Two and had a 1.69 goals against and .944 save percentage. Neither team scored more than two goals in regulation in any game the entire series. Hellberg played two games with Cincinnati in the ECHL and was 1-1 with a 2.52 goals against and .923 save percentage.

 

Talent Analysis

Hellberg is a big, lanky netminder that plays the butterfly style but stays deeper in the net with his hands in tight to his body and allows the puck to hit him. He is a smart goaltender who reads the plays well and reacts quickly to position his big body, square to the shooter. The young goalie can over-play the angles, needs to stay more upright and improve his timing when going down to cover the lower part of his net. He will get exploited high as the AHL players practice to shoot for the top corners. The Swedish goaltender will take time to adjust his positioning on the smaller ice surface and to the fast style of the North American game.

 

Future

Hellberg played very well in his first season with the Milwaukee Admirals and split time with Jeremy Smith for starts. Smith was traded this offseason to the Columbus Blue Jackets which makes Hellberg the de facto starter for Milwaukee in 2013-14. The back up job to Rinne is pretty wide open at this point with 27-year-old Carter Hutton backing him up. Good play from Hellberg could move him into a backup role very soon.

 

Nashville Predators pro ranks dominate Spring Top 20

by Eric Breyer
on

Seth Jones - Nashville Predators

Photo: Defenseman Seth Jones, on pace to graduate from prospect status before the end of the season, has averaged 20:50 in ice time for the Predators as a rookie (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators system contains some top-end offensive talent while the defensive skill is a bit lacking after Seth Jones.

Read more»

Newcomers Jones and Forsberg lead the Nashville Predators Top 20

by Seth Lake
on

Taylor Beck - Nashville Predators

Photo: After leading the Admirals in points and skating in 16 games with the Predators in 2012-13, Taylor Beck will return to Milwaukee as a featured skater for Milwaukee (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

Since their inception the Nashville Predators have been built primarily through the draft. A year removed from a season mired by free agency and injury struggles, general manager David Poile had to question the depth of NHL-ready talent in his prospect pool as the season wore down.

Read more»

Next wave of Nashville Predators forward prospects move up mid-season Top 20 ranking

by Shaun Bisson
on
Ryan Ellis - Nashville Predators

Photo: Defenseman Ryan Ellis is part of a young group of Nashville blueliners trying to help the team recover from the loss of Ryan Suter. (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

 
The Nashville Predators have been one of the most consistent teams over the last five years in terms of style of play. Barry Trotz and David Poile always put a team on the ice that has a defense-first mentality, and the system that the Milwaukee Admirals employ develops players that fit this mold perfectly. Homegrown players like Jonathon Blum, Roman Josi, and Gabriel Bourque have successfully made the transition from prospect to full time NHL player, and there are other players, such as Ryan Ellis, that are looking to make that jump soon as well.

Read more»

Nashville Predators have a mix of rookies and NHL-ready prospects at pro level

by Shaun Bisson
on
Mattias Ekholm - Nashville Predators

Photo: Finnish defenseman Mattias Ekholm is one of three defensive prospects on the Milwaukee Admirals roster with NHL experience. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 
The Nashville Predators have traditionally been a team that appears to be both on the verge of a rebuild and getting ready for a championship run. This is mirrored by their AHL and ECHL prospects, who could be considered phenomenal fits for the system run by the Predators but are also a little weaker in terms of talent compared to other teams.

Read more»

Nashville Predators organization features defensive depth and two-way forwards

by David Thicke
on
Jonathon Blum - Nashville Predators

Photo: Jonathon Blum is one of three top defensive prospects on the verge of cracking the Predators roster when the NHL resumes play. (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

 
The Nashville Predators have a solid talent pool with good depth and plenty of two-way prospects but the organization is severely missing the high end talent at the forward position.

Read more»