Ville Husso

by Brad Phillips on January 13, 2017

Ville Husso - Photo Courtesy of snstatic.fi

Ville Husso, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

Born: 1995-02-06

Hometown: Helsinki, FIN

Drafted: 2014 by St. Louis Blues, 94th overall

 

Observations:

January 2017 - Halfway through his first professional season in North America, Husso has faced the ups and downs that can come with a move halfawy across the world to play in a new league. After starting the season in the AHL and getting into a couple of games, and going 1-1 in the process, Husso was assigned to the Missouri Mavericks in the ECHL for the better part of two months. During his time with Missouri, Husso accumulated a 4-4-1-2 record with a 3.23 GAA, .910 save percentage and one shutout. As the numbers might suggest, he had a bit of a rough go of things. For example, in the 13 games he saw action, Husso gave up six goals in a game twice, five once, four once, and three in just one period of work. While those are some ugly goal totals, the attention to defense can sometime be sorely lacking in the lower leagues, evidenced by the fact that Husso faced 32 or more shots in seven of the games he played, including one 47-shot night and a 50. Summoned back to the AHL just after Christmas, Husso was on a roll, allowing two goals against in four straight games, going 4-0 in the process, before giving up a five spot in his most recent start. It's anyone's guess where Husso will play from week to week given the number of goalies in the Blues' system, but it's an encouraging sign that he's held his own in the AHL. Brad Phillips

September 2016 - Husso has been cut from Blues' training camp and sent to Chicago of the AHL, creating a three-headed goalie monster there  with Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington. It's not an ideal situation for Husso for his first season in North America given there's only so much playing time to go around. Things may sort themseleves out if one of the three vastly outplays the other two. And if I were a betting man, I'd wager on Husso. Brad Phillips

June 2016 - The Blues' top goaltending prospect was simply dominant in 2015-16, winning nearly everything in his path. In his third season with HIFK in the Liiga, Husso posted a 1.91 GAA and 0.927 save percentage in 39 games, both league bests, leading the team to the best record in the regular season. When things mattered most in the playoffs, he got only better with a 1.55 GAA and 0.935 percentage in 15 games. But alas this was not enough to lead his team to a league title, falling to Patrik Laine-led Tappara in the finals. For his efforts Husso was awarded the Urpo Ylonen Award for best goaltender in the SM-Liiga along with a spot on the All-Star Team. At the end of his season, St. Louis wasted no time locking him up to a three-year entry-level contract. It will be interesting to see how the Blues handle Husso next year. Elliott and Allen are firmly entrenched in St. Louis while in Chicago Phoenix Copley and Jordan Binnington held down the fort this past year. Both of the latter are RFAs but they will almost certainly be re-signed, creating a three-headed monster in the minors. Is it best for Husso to cross the pond and split one crease three ways? Does he, or one of Copley/Binnington, play in the ECHL? Does he stay overseas for another year? We shall see. Brad Phillips

 

May 2016 – Husso signed a professional contract with the Blues. It will be great for Ville to get to North America and further his development, as he has becomes one of the better goaltender prospects. Still just 21 years of age, so he would likely start the year in the AHL. He’s been a standout in the Finnish league, and the Blues are excited to work with him. Matt Kowalski

 

June 2014 – The St. Louis Blues selected goaltender Ville Husso 94th overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

May 2014 – Ranked the 6th best European goaltender heading into last year’s 2013 NHL Draft, Finn Ville Husso was passed over by every NHL team. Husso took the draft snub and ramped up his game, posting one of the more impressive seasons for an underage goaltender in Finland’s top league (SM-liiga) finishing with a 1.99 GAA and .923 save percentage. Calm and collected between the pipes, Husso relies on exceptional positioning and a strong mental focus to track pucks. With an enviable NHL frame, Husso is a technical goaltender who flashes quick reflexes, restraint in his positioning and the ability to quickly reel in rebounds. He helped backstop Finland to 2014 World Junior Championship gold. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

As he continues to mature and work on his game, he could easily become the next great Finnish netminder.

 

 

Footage:

Ville Husso with a couple of huge game-savers:
 
 

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