Ville Husso
Image: HIFK

Ville Husso

Hometown:

Helsinki Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-02-06

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2013

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (94th overall), 2014

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Ville Husso began the year with the HIFK U16 team before joining Jokerit youth product Samuli Eskuri on the HIFK U18 team. In 16 regular season games he had a 2.42 goals against and .930 save percentage. Husso started three of four playoff games and had a 4.83 goals against and .884 save percentage. He appeared in four international games for Finland’s U17 team and played 12 games with Finland’s U16 squad.

2011-12: Husso split the goaltending duties for HIFK’s U20 team with Jaako Simola during the regular season before taking over in the playoffs as HIFK defeated Helsinki rival Jokerit in the Junior A finals. In 27 regular season games Husso had a 2.41 goals against and .913 save percentage. He played in ten playoff games and posted a 2.23 goals against and .926 save percentage. Husso played in seven international games at the U17 level for Finland and had a 3.45 goals against and .865 save percentage.

2012-13: Husso played for Finland’s U18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before returning to HIFK’s U20 team. He was a workhorse for HIFK in his second season with the club — appearing in 41 games — and was selected to Finland’s U18 team that won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Sochi, Russia. He finished the regular season for HIFK with a 2.63 goals against and .909 save percentage. In five playoff games he had a 2.23 goals against and .926 save percentage. In three games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he had a 4.63 goals against and .839 save percentage. Husso did not see any action in Sochi as a backup to HPK’s Juuse Saros (NSH). In four pre-tournament games with Finland’s U18 team he had a 4.22 goals against and .846 save percentage. Husso was ranked sixth amongst European goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft but was not selected.

2013-14: Husso seized the starting goalie spot for HIFK’s men’s team and was one of the top goalies in Finland’s Liiga as a rookie. In 41 games he was 19-14-5 with two shutouts and had a 1.99 goals against average and .923 save percentage. HIFK finished ninth in Liiga and was swept by Pelicans Lahti in a best-of-three preliminary series. Husso started both games, stopping 43 of 46 shots and finishing with a 1.25 goals against and .935 save percentage. He started two games for Finland’s gold medal-winning U20 squad at the 2014 World Junior Championship and was 0-2 with a 4.68 goals against and .854 save percentage. He was the top ranked international goalie in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by St. Louis in the fourth round (94th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Husso was one of the more heavily scrutinized players in Finland during his junior hockey career but quieted many of his critics with an outstanding rookie season in Liiga in 2013-14. While questions persist among some coaches about his composure and mental approach, he was one of the league's top goalies as an 18-year-old on a team that was in turmoil at times. His physical skills and technical abilities match those of many of the top goalies in his age group and his production is starting to match his talent level.

Future

Husso is in his second year of a three-year contract with HIFK in 2014-15 and will likely spend at least one more season in Finland before heading to North America. He is also a candidate to play for Finland's U20 team as it tries to defend the gold medal it won in last year's tournament. Husso backed up Predators' prospect Juuse Saros on that team and both are eligible to play in this year's event. While his numbers haven't been as eye-popping as they were in his rookie year, Husso is off to another strong start and HIFK is playing much better this season; entering December sixth in the 14-team league. The immaturity that kept Husso from taking his training seriously during his junior career (and likely led to him being bypassed in his first year of draft eligibility) no longer seems to be an issue and he would appear to have significant upside.

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