Magnus Hellberg
Image: Frolunda

Magnus Hellberg

Hometown:

Uppsala Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-04-04

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

Trade with Nashville Predators, July 2015

Weight:

196 lbs.

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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.

2013-14: Hellberg made his first NHL appearance, stopping three of the four shots he faced in 12 minutes of action in an October game against the Blues, but otherwise had a rough second pro season in North America. A lingering training camp injury and then a January ankle injury never allowed him to get into a rhythm. He did not appear in any other NHL games — spending most of the year  in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals — and finished the year as a backup to former University of Vermont goalie Rob Madore with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cylcones. Hellberg was 5-13-1 with one shutout and had a 2.82 goals against and .911 save percentage in 21 AHL games. He had some success with the Cyclones going 5-1-1 in seven games and post in a 2.89 goals against and .901 save percentage. Madore started all 24 playoff games as Cincinnati reached the Kelly Cup finals against the Alaska Aces.

2014-15: Hellberg returned to form after his injury-filled 2013-14 season; sharing the goaltending duties for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee with Marek Mazanec. Appearing in 38 games, he was 15-10-3 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.33 goals against and .913 save percentage. Hellberg was 7-1 in his last eight starts, including all three shutouts. The Admirals came up just short in their playoff push, finishing fifth in the Midwest Division. He was acquired by the Rangers from Nashville in exchange for a 2017 sixth-round selection and was re-signed to a two-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2015.

2015-16: Hellberg appeared in one mid-season game with New York in his his first season in the Rangers’ organization and was the starting goaltender for the team’s AHL affiliate Hartford. He allowed two goals on six shots in one period against the Capitals on December 20th in his only NHL game. Topping 50 games for the first time in his pro career, he was 29-20-3 with three shutouts and had a 2.41 goals against and .917 save percentage heading into the final week of the season for the Wolf Pack. 

Talent Analysis

Hellberg is a big, lanky butterfly-style netminders. He is athletic and reacts quickly to get square to the shooter. He is somewhat awkward handling the puck and needs to stay more upright, while improve his timing.

Future

Hellberg topped the 50 games played mark in 2015-16 with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack — the first time he has done so in his four-year pro career. Antti Raanta's solid play with the Rangers entrenched the Finnish goalie as Henrik Lundqvist's backup so barring any off-season trades Hellberg faces an uphill battle in seeing time with New York in the second year of his contract in 2016-17. Hellberg, who turned 25 in April, may have opened eyes for other organizations in need of goaltending help with his play and durability in the AHL this past year.

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