Jerome Davis

Fantasy Summary

Strong technical goalie with a trajectory typical of a mid-level NHL starter.


Observations

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September 2019 – Linus Ullmark is looking for a bounce-back this season as his 2018-19 campaign did not go so well. In 37 appearances in 2018-19, he mustered up a 3.11 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. He will likely be in net for approximately 40% of Sabres games this season. With the Sabres adding some defensive talent in Henri Jokiharju and Colin Miller, the Sabres will likely be able to limit how many high danger situations that Ullmark is exposed to. In the preseason, Ullmark was solid in net. He did give up too many rebounds, but made up for it with quality pad saves. If Ullmark can work on limiting his rebounds, he will have a strong season in Buffalo. Josh Tessler

 

June 2018 – The 24-year-old Swedish goaltender has slowly progressed along and worked his way up the ranks over the last year, eventually paying off. After being selected to the All Star game, Ullmark finished the season with a 2.44 GAA and a .922 SV% this year, among the AHL’s best. Ullmark also started five games in the NHL this year on call ups, looking very solid and posting a 2.00 GAA with a .935 SV%. Next year, Ullmark will look to transition to full time NHL hockey after another impressive AHL season. Marcus Griep

January 2018 – Ullmark has been named to the AHL All-Star game, his second time earning such an honour. He’s arguably been the best goaltender in the AHL this season leading the league in games played and wins, posting a record of 17-5-3 with a 2.27 GAA and 0.928 SVS. Brad Phillips

December 2017 – Linus Ullmark has been one of the best goaltenders in the AHL this season posting a 13-4-1 record and has been an absolute workhorse for the Rochester Americans, leading the league in games played, minutes played and shots faced. He’s top 10 in save percentage with a 0.923 mark and is in the top third in the league in GAA with 2.49. With Robin Lehner signed to just a one-year deal, Sabres management will have a decision to make about whether they see him as a long term solution or if they want to give Ullmark a shot. If he keeps up his stellar level of play it may help make things easier. Brad Phillips

April 2017 – Linus had an encouraging year with the Amerks this year, but where he looked the most impressive was during his one NHL start on the last game of the season. After robbing Jonathan Drouin of sure goals, Linus fell back down to earth while still registering an impressive game. General Manager Tim Murray spoke very highly of Linus during his end of season press conference and made it clear that he has a bright future with the organization. Max Marko

January 2017 – After showing a much greater improvement at the AHL level, Linus was selected for the AHL All-Star game. His composure and poise are at a much more mature level than they were last season. During the skills competition, Linus was awarded the CCM Top Goaltender for saving 15 out of 18 shots in the three events he participated in. Linus finished the All-Star game with four saves. His spectacular save during the skills competition caught the attention of hockey fans as well. Max Marko

December 2016 – Linus Ullmark has really improved at the AHL level compared to last season, where he struggled to keep the puck out of the net. Ullmark has a much improved save percentage of .915 as opposed to last season’s .902 when Ullmark was a rookie at the pro level. Now, Ullmark is quick and agile in the crease moving post to post with ease. He is just the right amount of size and skill for Sabres General Manager Tim Murray and his play should win him over too. Max Marko

April 2016 – The young Swede played one hell of game to finish the AHL regular season against the AHLs top team, Toronto Marlies (although they dressed mostly reserve players). Ullmark showed his tremendous lower body speed and control throughout the game including a pair of cross crease toe saves, very solid rebound control, and a ‘save of the year’ candidate in the form of a: full split, cross crease, controlled, glove snare to rob well known minor-pro energy player John Kurtz of a tap in (I can’t find video footage of yet). He finished the game with 38 saves while giving up three rather helpless goals. Ullmark is positioned rather strongly in the organization and has played much better than his Rochester stats indicate, but he is locked in a competition with newly signed, Jason Kasdorf for the right to back up Robin Lehner next season, if the Sabres do not look to secure a more veteran presence. He is a mid-level prospect that w