Erik Portillo

Buffalo Sabres
Photo courtesy of ESPN.com

Fantasy Summary

A tall goaltender, who can be solid NHL starter in the future


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country SWE
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 3, 2000
Height 6‘6”
Weight 207 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 3; Overall: 67

Observations

January 2019 – Erik Portillo was part of the Swedish World Junior squad, but did not play in net during the tournament. Instead, Hugo Alnefelt and Jesper Eliasson held down the fort. Even though Portillo did not have an appearance in net, he is still an excellent goaltending prospect. He has been unbeatable for the Dubuque Fighting Saints as he owns a 2.05 GAA and a .918 SV% after 18 appearances in the net. He was recently name Goalie of the Week in the USHL, the second time he’s received the honor this season. Josh Tessler

 

November 2019 – Erik Portillo has been on fire between the pipes for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. On November 19th, the USHL awarded Portillo with Goalie of the Week honors after he posted a 0.99 GAA and a .957 SV% in two starts. So far this season, Portillo owns a 2.06 GAA and a .912 SV% in 11 appearances. With Portillo’s impressive season for Dubuque, he is making a strong case for him to be chosen to represent Sweden at the World Juniors in the Czech Republic. Josh Tessler

July 2019 – As mentioned in the fantasy summary, Portillo is a behemoth of a goaltender. The Sabres love snagging tall goaltenders in the draft and so it is not shocking that they selected Portillo. He had a strong season in the SuperElit and as mentioned in the Sabres July 31-in-31 for 2019, he performed better than Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender prospect Hugo Alnefelt. In terms of his playing style, Portillo has solid positioning. He is not afraid of going behind the net to secure the puck, most of the time he is cautious about going behind the net, but sometimes it is in high danger situations. Portillo has quick reflexes and will drop to knees fairly quickly. In addition, he has got a solid glove and can go side to side efficiently. Portillo is a long-term project. He will spend next season in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and then he will play for the University of Michigan Wolverines. Depending on how his development goes, Sabres fans might see him in the AHL in 3 to 4 seasons. Josh Tessler

 
June 2019 – Portillo has been drafted 67th overall by the Sabres. Josh Tessler

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2014-2015 Partille HK U16 U16 Div.1 18 3.17 .917 |        
  Partille HK Division 3 1 4.39 .905 |        
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC U16 U16 Elit 18 1.71 .935 |        
  Göteborg TV-Pucken 4 2.18 .871 |        
  Frölunda HC U16 U16 SM 7 3.11 .893 |        
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 1 0.00 1.000 |        
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 3 2.40 .905 |        
 2016-2017 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 10 2.08 .913 |        
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 9 2.01 .919 | Playoffs 0 - -
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 2 1.45 .940 |        
 2017-2018 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 10 2.41 .931 |        
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 11 3.08 .907 | Playoffs 7 2.68 .903
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 2 0.71 .974 |        
 2018-2019 Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 26 1.99 .931 | Playoffs 4 2.02 .933
 2019-2020 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 27 2.11 .915 |        
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 0 - - |        
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 4 3.25 .869 |        
 2020-2021 Univ. of Michigan NCAA - - - |        

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