Ville Husso
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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.

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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.
 
2014-15: Husso played in 41 of 60 regular season games for HIFK Helsinki in his second Liiga season. He was 16-11-10 with three shutouts and had a 2.36 goals against and .915 save percentage. Seventh-place HIFK swept Ilves in a preliminary series before falling to Tappara Tampere in the quarterfinals. Husso was 1-2 with a 2.27 goals against and .897 save percentage in three playoff games.

2015-16: Husso finished with the top goals against average in Liiga playing for first-place HIFK and was in net for the team’s run to the Kanada Cup finals against Tappara Tampere. He was 25-8-6 with five shutouts and had a 1.91 goals against and .927 save percentage in 39 regular season games. HIFK eliminated Pelicans and JyP to reach the finals before falling to Tappara in a memorable seven-game series. Husso was 9-6-0 with four shutouts and had a 1.55 goals against and .935 save percentage in 15 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with St. Louis in May 2016.

 

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 was one of the top goalies in Europe in 2015-16, leading HIFK Helsinki to a first-place finish and the playoff finals in his third Liiga season. He signed an entry-level contract with St. Louis in May 2016 and will likely play for the AHL's Chicago Wolves in 2016-17. Like Nashville Predators' prospect Juuse Saros, Husso has been highly-regarded since his junior days but unlike Saros he has the prototypical size of an NHL goaltender. The 21-year-old will need some seasoning but he has the tools to be an elite goaltender.

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