Linus Ullmark

by Max Marko on January 31, 2017

Linus Ullmark - Photo Courtesy of NHL.com

Linus Ullmark, G

Catches:  L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 198

Born: 1993-07-31

Hometown: Lugnvik, Sweden

Drafted: 2012 by the Buffalo Sabres, 163rd Overall

 

Observations:

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 wouldn’t be bad to stash away. Jason Banks

 

February 2016 – Ullmark was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 21, 2016. Ullmark stopped 94 of 97 shots against for a .969 save percentage. Winning both games Friday (43 saves) and Saturday game (51 saves) - which is the most by an AHL goaltender in any game this season. Since being assigned to the Amerks on January 14, Ullmark has gone 5-4 , with a .918 SV% and a 2.82 GAA in 10 games played. Ullmark's numbers have stayed about the same as his NHL numbers this year; 7-10-2, .915 SV%, 2.58 GAA in 19 starts. Paul Zwambag

 

January 2016 – Ullmark has been re-assigned to the Rochester Amerks on the 14th of January. With Robin Lehner being healthy, it was only a matter of time that Ullmark would be sent back to the AHL. He played his first game back right away for the Amerks, but did not have a good return outing losing the game 4-0 with a .840 SV% and 4.05 GAA. Ullmark will continue to battle for crease time, but now it will be in the crowded AHL crease with Makarov and Leiuwen. Paul Zwambag

 

November 2015 – Ullmark has his second career win in three games played. Ullmark has started two straight games and has won them both. Linus was very close to getting a shutout for his first win, with only 3:26 remaining in the game he gave up the lone goal to Philadelphia. Ullmark's reaction at the end of the game was of sheer joy and when asked how it felt he had two words for the reporter, "Pure happiness." Look for Ullmark to get some more starts in the near future and continue to bolster his stock in Buffalo's goalie depth chart. Paul Zwambag

 

October 2015 – Linus Ullmark has just been recalled by the Buffalo Sabres who are playing their first game of a back-to-back situation tonight. Linus could get his first start of his NHL career on Saturday, if you are in need of a starting goalie Ullmark is available in almost every league and has a pretty good opponent in the New Jersey Devils. Add him if you need to get to your maximum starts, otherwise keep him on your watch list. He could have an excellent game and steal a few more starts from Chad Johnson. Ullmark has started three of the first five games that the Rochester Americans have played this year. He has one win, 2.72 GAA and a .932 SV%. Nothing too exciting in those numbers, but getting the call-up over Nathan Liewen means the Buffalo Sabres are confident in Ullmark. Paul Zwambag

 

June 2015 – Ullmark had successful hip surgery in April 2015, he had to operate on both hips which means a recovery time of four to six months, which would put him to return between August and October. Check back during training camp to see if he is ahead of schedule or what is time frame to return is. Linus is likely to come to North America for the 2015-16 season. He will need some time to adjust to the smaller ice, he will end up in Rochester for a year and compete for the starting role there. He has a chance to be in the Sabres crease in two years. Paul Zwambag

 

February 2015 – After putting up video game like numbers in 2014, Linus Ullmark, has fallen back down to reality in 2015. His numbers are down across the board, but they still prove to be quite impressive when you think about Ullmark only being 21 years old and this being just his second season as a starter in the Swedish Elite League. It doesn't help that his team, MODO, are quite young in their own right and it shows in their positioning in the standings. With the recent changes in Buffalo seeing Enroth being shipped out it wouldn't be surprising to see Ullmark jump across the pond in 2015. Depending on how free agency plays out for Buffalo he may even have a crack at a role at the NHL level if he proves deserving and capable. Travis Watson

 

June 2014 – The Buffalo Sabres are at it again locking up another prospect this time by way of a goaltender in Linus Ullmark. They inked the upward trending Ullmark to a three-year entry level deal with hopes of having him come across to North America to play for their AHL affiliate in Rochester in the Fall of 2014. Linus Ullmark posted a minuscule 2.08 GAA and a sparkling 0.931 save percentage which was good for tops in the league and enough to cement his place as the top goaltender in the Swedish Hockey League, despite finishing with a record below .500. European nation continues to impress by constantly kicking out hordes of impressive goaltenders and Ullmark seems to be another hidden gem that Buffalo was able to scoop up in the sixth round of the 2012 entry draft. Travis Watson

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

The Sabres probably have the most unsettled crease in the entire NHL so if he is able to come over and translate similar success here In the AHL he may force Buffalo’s hand.

 

Footage:

Ullmark making big save after big save to help keep his team in the game:

Skills competiton save

 

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