Marcus Högberg

by Brad Phillips on February 18, 2017

Marcus Hogberg - Photo Courtesy of www.ihc.eu

 

Marcus Högberg, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-5

Weight: 209

Born: 1994-11-25

Hometown: Orebro, Sweden

Drafted: 2013 By Ottawa Senators, 78th overall

 

Observations:

February 2017 – Högberg has put together an absolutely spectacular third SHL season with Linkoping HC. After sharing the crease last season, he's grabbed the reins of the No. 1 job and run with it. Protecting the net for 28 games, Högberg is sporting a minuscule 1.88 GAA and an equally eye-popping .932 SVS, marks that place him third and fourth respectively among all SHL 'tenders. The more the season has progressed, the better Hogberg has played. Over the past two months, a span of 20 games, Hogberg has given up more than two goals only once. All these numbers add up to a 16-12 record with four shutouts, a mark that puts him in a tie for third highest in the league. Big and agile, Högberg is everything you want in a modern goaltender. The Senators appear to have a gem. Brad Phillips

August 2016 – It was another strong season for Hogberg, his second with Linkoping, as he posted nearly identical numbers to those from 2014-15. Protecting the net for 28 games, he posted a 15-12-0 record with two shutouts, a 2.31 GAA and a .911 SVS. But due to the exceptional play of teammate David Rautio, he didn't see any action in the playoffs. With the aforementioned Rautio moving on, Hogberg should be the unquestioned No. 1 for Linkoping this coming campaign. He is far and away the Senators' best goaltending prospect, as evidenced by his showing at last month's development camp. Look for him to spend one more year in Sweden before coming to North America in 2016-17. Brad Phillips

November 2015 - While most poolies and Sens fans are focused on Ottawa's most recently acquired prized goalie prospect Matt O'Connor, Marcus Hogberg is a name that shouldn't be forgotten. In comparing the two it's important to keep a couple things in perspective. O'Connor is almost a full three years older than Hogberg and as Hogberg is well on his way to wrapping up his second full season in the SHL, arguably the second best league in the world; O'Connor at the same age was in his Freshman year at Boston University. Locked in a crease time share with David Rautio, Hogberg got off to a very strong that this season going 3-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA in his first four games. He has since come back down to earth a little bit to where his record sits at 6-3-3 with a 2.53 GAA and 0.900 SV%. Still very young having just turned 21 a couple of days ago and with a season and a half of professional hockey under his belt, he's on the right road to develop into an NHL calibre goalie and still has plenty of time ahead of him. The Sens need to make a decision on Hogberg as he is unsigned for next season. Brad Phillips

February 2014 - Hogberg has put up consistent numbers since taking over the starting job for Swedish Elite League team Linkoping in 2014-15.  Although his 2.52 GAA and .908 SV% won’t necessarily make your jaw drop, the experience Hogberg is gaining as a 20-year-old starting goaltender in Sweden’s top league is extremely valuable.  The netminder will continue his development in Sweden and with minimal goaltending prospect depth the Senators may try to get him to cross the pond sooner rather than later. Kevin LeBlanc

January 2015 – Marcus Hogberg began his pro career with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League in 2010. The Swede was very successful playing for Linkoping U18 team, posting a .933 save percentage.  Hogberg only appeared in four games for the U20 team that year, not fairing as well - 4.43 GAA and .840 save percentage.  At just 17 years old Hogberg helped the U20 Linkoping club win the championship after a successful regular season (.939 save percentage and 1.64 GAA).  In 2012-2013 Hogberg debuted with Linkoping’s big club in the Elitserien, going 1-1 with a 2.57 GAA and .884 save percentage through three matches.  In 2013, the Orebro-native was selected to represent Sweden at the World Juniors on home ice.  Hogberg played in just one game (an exhibition at that) but shutout the Canadians in that game. Hogberg played behind highly touted Columbus Blue Jacket prospect Oskar Dansk in the tournament. Nathan Martin

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

With a breakthrough third season in the Swedish Elite League, Högberg is raising expectations. If he crosses the pond and plays in the AHL, it will become clearer what his ceiling is.

 

Footage:

Högberg with his size and athleticism on display, before giving up a weak third goal.

 

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