We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

New goaltender Filip Gustavsson excited for new chapter with Wild

The 24-year-old Swede will get to learn from future Hall of Fame goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury next season.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks
Ottawa Senators goalie Filip Gustavsson (32) makes a save against the Vancouver Canucks in the third period of an April 19, 2022, game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Bob Frid / USA Today Sports
We are part of The Trust Project.

Filip Gustavsson acknowledged that he’s still a young goaltender who has a lot to learn.

Luckily for the 24-year-old Swede, he will get to learn from future Hall of Fame goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury next season.

“That’s a big honor,” said Gustavsson, who the Minnesota Wild acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators this week. “Such an experienced guy with so much success in his career. Just be able to talk with him and practice with him and see him learn is going to help me a lot.”

What does Gustavsson hope to learn most from Fleury?

MORE MINNESOTA WILD COVERAGE:
Pro
It’s the first time Gustavsson, 24, has been a part of a goaltending tandem in the NHL, and the Wild need him to hold his own this season.
Pro
He didn’t want to come out of Sunday's preseason game when he was hit by the puck, and actually had to be convinced to leave the ice before the final buzzer sounded.
Pro
The only reason Rossi, a 21-year-old center from Austria, was in the position to help on the game-winning play was because star winger Kirill Kaprizov left the game with an injury after taking a puck off his foot.
Pro
Kirill Kaprizov didn't finish the game, leaving early out of precaution after a shot from teammate Frederick Gaudreau grazed his foot.
Pro
All in on Fleury this season, the Wild say they need to manage the veteran goaltender’s workload this season
Pro
Anaheim’s first-round draft pick in 2018, Steel wasn’t offered a contract after scoring six goals for the Ducks last season
Pro
The veteran defenseman has been past the first round twice, and not since 2015
Pro
Ty Ronning, son of 2003 playoff hero Cliff Ronning, is a training camp invitee looking for his first NHL experience
Pro
The budding Minnesota Wild superstar did not answer questions Thursday about his offseason in his native Russia, at war with Ukraine after invading its neighbor in February, or whether he had difficulty getting back to the United States.
Pro
‘We’re not naive to the fact that our special teams were not good, (last season),’ coach Dean Evason said

“How can he be so consistent all the time?” Gustavsson said. “Just practicing with him on the ice I’m going to see the small details that he does so well.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Those small details could make big difference.

There’s no doubt playing for the Senators over the past couple of seasons stunted his growth as a player. There weren’t a lot of veterans on the roster amid the rebuild in Ottawa, and because of that, Gustavsson struggled for prolonged stretches.

Perhaps a change of scenery can get him back on track.

“I hope I get a few opportunities to show my game and make the teammates believe in me,” Gustavsson said. “I want to show that I’m a really good goaltender.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators goalie Filip Gustavsson dons his helmet prior to the start of a March 14, 2022, game against the Arizona Coyotes at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.
Marc DesRosiers / USA Today Sports

Though simply looking at Gustavsson’s stats might not inspire a ton of confidence — he had a 5-12-1 record last season to go along with a 3.55 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage — many people feel he has some untapped potential. He was a second-round pick in 2016 NHL draft, so he is still in the early stages of his career.

“I’ve had my ups and downs when I played in the NHL,” said Gustavsson, who naturally grew up idolizing future Hall of Fame goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “If I can just get a higher consistency level with my bad games not being as low, I feel like I’m going to have great success.”

As for the rest of the summer, Gustavsson is back in his native Sweden training with a number of NHL players.

“Just practicing and working out in the morning and soon we’re going to have ice,” Gustavsson said. “Then I think early September is the plan to come over for training camp.”

ADVERTISEMENT

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

Related Topics: MINNESOTA WILDHOCKEY
What to read next
Pro
Shiancoe caught 240 passes for 2,424 yards and 24 touchdowns in his five seasons with the Vikings.
Pro
The 6-foot-6 forward played significant roles in all three of his NBA seasons, starting games for Utah and Golden State.
Pro
On Sunday, the Vikings will be back in London, facing the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Four players remain from the 2017 team who will play again in England: edge rusher Danielle Hunter, linebacker Eric Kendricks, safety Harrison Smith and wide receiver Adam Thielen.
Pro
Pro Football Focus ranked Darrisaw as the Vikings’ top run blocker in the game against Detroit. And according to ESPN, Darrisaw is the fourth-best tackle in the NFL this season in its run-block ratings.