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October 2020 – With Matt Murray being acquired, Gustavsson’s path to the NHL is again a bit blocked with Anders Nilsson entrenched as the backup for now. Filip Gustavsson is on the cusp on getting to the NHL and making it known whether he is still the prospect they thought when he was acquired by the Senators. Tony Ferrari

March 2020 – Gustavsson has been called up to the Senators to fill in for Marcus Högberg who left the team to return home to Sweden to deal with a family matter. It remains to be seen how long Högberg will be out of action but Gustavsson will fill his shoes while he takes care of his family. Tony Ferrari

February 2020 – Gustavsson was named ‘Goaltender of the Month’ in the AHL for January. He posted a 4-0-1 record while posting a save percentage of .942 with one shutout. The young Swedish netminder has had a resurgence recently after struggling at times early in the season. His consistency needs to improve but this past month has been a perfect example of what the Senators see in their top goalie prospect in the pipeline. Tony Ferrari

November 2019 – The Senators ‘Goalie of the Future’ hasn’t quite taken the step that the organization was hoping he’d take to start this season. With nearly identical numbers to last season, the 21-year-old netminder seems to have stagnated and will need to show some improvement if he hopes to continue being viewed as the answer in the net long-term. While there have been some flashes, the downs have been more prevalent than the ups this year. Still being young, Gustavsson will have time to develop and won’t be rushed with both Craig Anderson and Anders Nilsson at the NHL level at least until the trade deadline and won’t likely be the first option upon an NHL vacancy opening up. Tony Ferrari

September 2019 – Gustavsson was only able to get into one preseason game with the Senators but had a good showing in training camp. He was strong at the Senators rookie showcase and carried that momentum into the NHL camp. As expected, he was assigned to Belleville and will be competing for starts with Marcus Hogberg and Joey Daccord. Gustavsson will likely earn the largest number of starts among the three as he’s done nothing to dissuade the Senators from thinking that Gustavsson is the goalie of the future. He should continue his development in his second professional season in North America. Tony Ferrari

August 2019 – With the recent trade of goaltender Mike Condon, Gustavsson and fellow Swedish goaltender Marcus Hogberg will likely start the year competing with Joey Daccord for time in the net with the Belleville Senators. With Gustavsson seemingly having the highest ceiling among the group, he is expected to split time in the Belleville net. He improved over the course of the season last year and is expected to solidify himself as the goalie of the future for the Senators club. A strong AHL season is projected with the possibility that he could get some spot starts in the NHL should the Senators face a rash of injuries. Tony Ferrari

June 2019- Gustavsson finished off his first full season in Belleville appearing in 31 games. Going forward, Gustavsson finds himself a part of a three-way goalie battle going into next season. He will have to fight for the crease with presumed starter Marcus Hogberg and newly signed Joel Daccord. With the NHL goaltending situation seeming to be settled for now and the AHL situation murky at best, Gustavsson doesn’t appear to be seeing significant time in Ottawa for at least two seasons. Still regarded as the organization’s future in goal, his progress and ability to distinguish himself from his counterparts will be interesting to follow this season. Jordan Deshane

December 2018- Gustavsson has struggled early on this season in Belleville, sporting an .889 save percentage in 21 games played to this point. The goaltending situation throughout the organization has been in flux this season with the likes of Marcus Hogberg and Mike Condon also spending significant time in Belleville. He has the tools to become a starter at the NHL level, and it’s important for him to receive as many starts as possible to continue his development. With Hogberg now in the NHL due to an injury to Craig Anderson, he may now have that opportunity. Perhaps future trades will open up more chances for consistent starts for Gustavsson as well. Jordan Deshane

February 2018 – Wisely clinging to future NHL sniper Daniel Sprong, Pittsburgh dealt goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson, out-of-favor D-man Ian Cole and its 2018 first-round pick, getting new third-line center Derick Brassard. Ottawa receives a serviceable blueliner and a potential No. 1 netminder to replace Craig Anderson at some point. Still marinating back home on loan to Luleä HF, the 6-2 Gustavsson has appeared in 28 junior games so far, including six outings for the silver-medal Swedes at the WJC, where Gustavsson allowed a mere 11 goals (1.91 GAA, .924 save percentage). Besides looking great in that Buffalo tournament, the 6-2 puckstopper has posted 2.18 and .924 in 18 games in his country’s elite men’s league. He could be in North America by next season. Mark Allan

January 2018 – Pittsburgh’s decision to draft the Swedish netminder in 2016’s second round is looking great after the 19-year-old led his country to a silver medal at the WJC. Named the tournament’s top goalie, Gustavsson allowed the championship-winning goal in a 3-1 loss to Canada on a deflection with just 1:40 left. Undefeated in five round-robin outings, he finished six tournament games with a 1.81 GAA and .924 save percentage. He has similar 1.71 and .925 stats in seven SuperElit junior games, although his 3.04 and .885 numbers in 10 Swedish Hockey League games on loan to Luleå indicate he has some lessons to learn playing against men. He’ll marinate in Sweden for at least the remainder of this campaign, but he seems to have a bright future in the NHL. Mark Allan

October 2017 – The Swedish hockey season has barely begun, but initial results are not encouraging. After playing 15 games with Luleå HF in the Swedish Hockey League last season, Gustavsson intended to be the No. 1 netminder for the men’s squad this time as a 19-year-old, admittedly an ambitious goal. He posted a 3.85 GAA and .852 save percentage in his only SHL game so far, although 1.97 and .927 in three outings for Luleå’s J20 SuperElit team indicates he’s still dominant against players his own age. Although Gustavsson is still young with a bright future, peripherals of 4.60 and .813 in two international junior games further cloud his present. Mark Allan

June 2017 – The Swedish netminder’s new three-year, entry-level contract will activate whenever he starts playing in North America. That won’t happen before the 2018-19 campaign because he’ll remain in Scandinavia for the coming season. An ELC was inevitable for the 19-year-old 2016 second-rounder, Pittsburgh’s top draft pick that year at 55th overall. Mark Allan

June 2017 – The plan for the young netminder to marinate in Sweden is halfway complete. In his transitional season, the 18-year-old performed well against players his own age and predictably not as well against the best Sweden has to offer. In six games with Luleå HF’s J20 junior squad, the player once dubbed the Swedish Carey Price had outstanding peripherals of 2.09 and .928, improving to 0.95 and .967 in three playoff games. Disappointingly, he made just one appearance at the WJC, although 2.00 and .947 were in line with his other junior stats. In 15 SHL outings, he registered 2.70 and .912, figures that should improve in the coming season. Mark Allan

January 2017 – Gustavsson has posted good numbers at various levels of Swedish hockey this season. In three games with Luleå in the country’s version of major junior, he had peripherals of 1.96 and .935 in three games as well as 2.00 and .947 in his lone WJC appearance. While his numbers dipped to 2.93 and .911 in three other junior international contests, Gustavsson has sterling stats (2.00 and .931) in seven games for Luleå in the Swedish Hockey League, the nation’s highest level of play. He absolutely looks like he’ll be a player in North America. Mark Allan

October 2016 – Gustavsson, who still hasn’t signed a contract with Pittsburgh (if only because the Penguins are over the cap maximum), is back with Luleå in Sweden. The Penguins will likely be content to let him marinate there awhile longer. Mark Allan

June 2016 – Without a first-round pick, the Penguins selected the top-ranked European goalie (by NHL Central Scouting) and No. 3 netminder overall (by International Scouting Services) late in the second round. A product of Sweden’s Luleå system, the northernmost franchise in the Swedish Hockey League, Gustavsson has proved himself with its under-20 squad and in brief callups with the senior team (.910 GAA against men in six games).  Internationally, he carried a low-scoring team into the championship game of the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Tournament, had the best save percentage in the 2015 U-17 world tournament and was named best goalie in the 2016 U-18 world championship. Gustavsson is undersized by the standard of today’s gargantuan NHL goalies, but at 6-2 he is certainly not a dwarf. Hockey is in his blood – his father was a Second Division defenseman for Skellefteå.

Mentally strong, Gustavsson remains poised and is used to handling a high volume of shots with the butterfly technique and good reflexes, including a good glove. He restricts rebounds well for a young goalie. His powerful legs propel him well from side to side and help him to handle low shots, although he sometimes over-commits when going post to post. Perhaps his biggest challenge will be learning not to stay so deep in his net, which helps him against cross-crease passes but offers shooters too much of the net to aim for, especially considering Gustavsson’s average size. Mark Allan

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country SWE
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 7, 1998
Height 6‘2”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 55

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2012-2013 VästerbottenTV-Pucken3 2.01 .915|      
  Skellefteå AIK U16U16 SM5 2.62 .925|      
  Skellefteå AIK J18J18 Region0 - -|      
  Skellefteå AIK J18J18 Allsvenskan1 3.00 .914|      
 2013-2014 Skellefteå AIK U16U16 SM2 2.55 .915|      
  VästerbottenTV-Pucken8 1.26 .921|      
  Skellefteå AIK J18J18 Region12 1.75 .905|      
  Skellefteå AIK J18J18 Allsvenskan6 1.17 .950|      
  Skellefteå AIK J20J20 Nationell0 - -|      
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr5 4.43 .857|      
 2014-2015 Luleå HF J18J18 Region9 2.22 .905|      
  Luleå HF J18J18 Allsvenskan9 2.18 .908|      
  Luleå HF J20J20 Nationell7 3.96 .881|      
  Luleå HFSHL0 - -|      
  Sweden U17WHC-175 1.61 .942|      
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr13 2.54 .875|      
 2015-2016 Luleå HFChampions HL0 - -|      
  Luleå HF J20J20 Nationell20 3.22 .893|Playoffs1 3.00 .870
  Luleå HFSHL6 2.17 .910|Playoffs1 0.00 1.000
  Sweden U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 2.11 .930|      
  Sweden U18WJC-185 2.70 .906|      
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr15 2.19 .920|      
 2016-2017 Luleå HF J20J20 Nationell6 2.09 .928|Playoffs3 0.95 .967
  Luleå HFChampions HL1 2.04 .882|      
  Luleå HFSHL15 2.70 .912|Playoffs2 3.53 .885
  Sweden U20WJC-201 2.00 .947|      
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr5 2.76 .914|      
 2017-2018 Luleå HF J20J20 Nationell7 1.71 .925|      
  Luleå HFSHL22 2.07 .918|Playoffs3 2.91 .895
  Belleville SenatorsAHL7 3.01 .912|      
  Sweden U20WJC-206 1.81 .924|      
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr11 2.36 .904|      
  SwedenEHT1 6.19 .800|      
  SwedenWC0 - -|      
  Sweden (all)International1 6.19 .800|      
 2018-2019 Ottawa SenatorsNHL0 - -|      
  Belleville SenatorsAHL31 3.38 .887|      
  Brampton BeastECHL2 5.38 .827|      
 2019-2020 Ottawa SenatorsNHL0 - -|      
  Belleville SenatorsAHL24 3.23 .889|      
 2020-2021 Södertälje SKHockeyAllsvenskan16 2.30 .922|      

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