Gustavsson makes 41 saves, Wild shut out Panthers in season opener

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Filip Gustavsson made 41 saves, and the Minnesota Wild opened their season with a 2-0 win against the Florida Panthers at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

“It’s not going to be like that every night, that’s for sure,” Gustavsson said. “It’s on the limit a few times. It’s very close that the puck goes by me. But sometimes you’re lucky, and you create your own luck.”

Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist, and Brock Faber scored his first NHL goal in his third career game for Minnesota.

Wild lock up goaltender Filip Gustavsson on 3-year, $11.25 million deal

ST.PAUL, MN – The biggest task of the offseason is finally complete for the Wild. They agreed to terms with Filip Gustavsson on Monday, keeping the 25-year-old goaltender in Minnesota on a 3-year, $11.25 million contract with an average annual value of $3.75 million.

This agreement helps the Wild avoid an arbitration hearing with Gustavsson that was scheduled for later this week. Things seemed headed to arbitration with general manager Bill Guerin previously unable to work out a deal with Gustavsson’s representation.

In the end, Guerin and agent Kurt Overhardt came to a compromise, and the Wild will head into next season with Gustavsson and future hall of famer Marc-Andre Fleury in goal.

Filip Gustavsson gets 1st NHL Shutout, Wild beat Canucks 3-0

VANCOUVER, BC – Filip Gustavsson stopped 35 shots for his first NHL shutout as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Saturday night to snap a two-game skid.

Matt Boldy, Connor Dewar and Sam Steel scored and Mats Zuccarello had two assists for the Wild, who were playing for the third time in four nights.

Gustavsson, making his 32nd career start, had four saves in the first period, 19 in the second and 12 in the third. Many of the shots he faced were from long range. He made a nice stop on Bo Horvat’s deflection on a second-period power play then got a right pad on Ilya Mikheyev’s shot on the doorstep with 8:15 left in the third.

“It was really nice,” the 24-year-old Gustavsson said of his first shutout. “You set a few small goals along the way. First, I wanted to play an AHL game, then I wanted to win an AHL game, then a shutout, then I got a chance to play in the NHL, I wanted to win in the NHL and now I got a shutout. Now we got to look at the next step.”

Senators sign goaltender Filip Gustavsson to two-year deal

OTTAWA, ONT – The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Filip Gustavsson to a two-year contract, the team announced Sunday.

The first year is a two-way deal that will pay him $750,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL. The following 2022-23 season is strictly one-way, and Gustavsson is set to earn $825,000.

Filip Gustavsson latest Senators goalie to seize unexpected opportunity

OTTAWA, ONT – As Filip Gustavsson bows his head in the goal crease the giant, silver No. 30 on the top of his goalie mask fills the camera lens.

There’s only one problem. Gustavsson wears No. 32 for the Ottawa Senators. Matt Murray is No. 30. Gustavsson’s numerical mismatch tells a story. He is supposed to be with AHL Belleville, where he wears No. 30 for the Belleville Senators.

Filip Gustavsson Named AHL Goalie of the Month

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The American Hockey League announced today that Iowa Wild forward Gerald Mayhew, Springfield Thunderbirds forward Owen Tippett and Belleville Senators goaltender Filip Gustavsson have been selected as the league’s award winners for January 2020.

Gustavsson, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month, posted a 1.78 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage last month, allowing only nine goals on 155 shots in five starts (4-0-1) while helping Belleville climb into first place in the North Division.

Gustavsson stopped 28 shots in a 5-3 win over Lehigh Valley on Jan. 4, his only home appearance of the month. He came back with 35 saves in a 5-1 victory at Rochester on Jan. 10, and turned aside 34 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss at Manitoba on Jan. 15. Gustavsson earned his first career AHL shutout on Jan. 20, making 23 saves in a 3-0 win at Rockford, and registered 26 stops in the Senators’ 5-2 win at Utica on Jan. 24.

Gustavsson is 12-5-2 in 19 appearances for Belleville this season, with a 3.24 GAA, an .891 save percentage and one shutout. A second-round choice by Pittsburgh in the 2016 NHL Draft, Gustavsson was acquired in a trade by Ottawa on Feb. 23, 2018, and has played 57 AHL games with Belleville, posting a record of 26-25-4. The 21-year-old native of Skelleftea, Sweden, won a silver medal with Sweden and was named the tournament’s top goaltender at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Each monthly award winner will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming home game in recognition of his achievement.

Erik Brännström cherishes the opportunity to compete with NHL stars


One by one, the established NHL players have taken over the Swedish World Championship squad. Stars like Oliver Ekman Larsson, John Klingberg and Mika Zibanejad will participate in this weekend’s tune-up tournament Sweden Hockey Games in Södertälje and Stockholm, where the Swedes play the Czech Republic, Russia and Finland.

But with one week to go before the this year’s World Championships starts in Copenhagen and Herning in Denmark, there are still some fresh faces on the roster. Notably five players that grabbed a silver medal in this year’s World Junior Championships in Buffalo. Goalie Filip Gustavsson, defenseman Erik Brännström and forwards Elias Pettersson, Lias Andersson and Axel Jonsson Fjällbyare all competing for spots.

Gustavsson, Brannstrom, Soderlund and Larsson Help Sweden to Silver Medal at 2018 WJC

BUFFALO, NY – Filip Gustavsson, Erik Brannstrom, Tim Soderlund and Filip Larsson helped Team Sweden earn a Silver Medal at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, NY.

Filip Gustavsson was named the Most Valuable Goaltender of the tournament after posting a 1.81 GAA and 0.924 Save Percentage.

Pens Sign Goalie Filip Gustavsson to a Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed prospect goaltender Filip Gustavsson to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal will kick into effect when Gustavsson begins playing in North America. He will spend the 2017-18 season playing in his native Sweden.

Gustavsson, 19, was Pittsburgh’s top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, drafted with the 55th overall selection in the second round. He was the third goaltender chosen.