Ville Husso
Image: HIFK

Ville Husso

Hometown:

Helsinki Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-02-06

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2014

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (94th overall), 2014

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success

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 goal for HIFK's men's team and was one of the top goalies in Finland's Liiga as a rookie. In his first 28 games he had the fourth-best goals against (2.00) and a .927 save percentage with a record of 15-9-3 and two shutouts. Husso 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 European goalie in Central Scouting's Rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Playing junior hockey in Helsinki and playing for Finland's U20 and 18 teams, Husso has had his game scrutinized for the past few seasons. While questions persist among some coaches about his composure and mental approach, the goalie is playing some of the best hockey amongst Liiga goalies as an 18-year-old. His play in the upcoming Liiga playoffs should provide answers to those concerns and his physical skills and technical abilities should at least get him a shot at playing in North America if he decides to take that career path.

 

Future

Despite being ranked fairly high amongst goaltending prospects in the 2013 NHL Draft, Husso passed through the draft without being selected due to concerns about his overall game. His play at the Liiga level this season has quieted many of those critics though he had some struggles at the WJC tournament while playing for Finland. Overshadowed by goalies like Saros and the up-and-coming Kaapo Kahkonen, there is still a lot to like about Husso's game and he should draw some interest in the 2014 NHL Draft. How much of an upside there is to his game is still uncertain at this point.

 

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Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen, sone of former NHL forward Sami Kapanen, is one of several 2014 NHL Draft prospects to have NHL bloodlines (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft figures to be an interesting one when it comes to players being selected out of Finland. The general consensus on the draft as a whole is that the talent pool drops off significantly after the first handful of prospects with the next group all very similar with little separating them. The same can be said of the prospects coming out of Finland this year.

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