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Magnus Hellberg
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Born April 4, 1991 (1991-04-04) (age 28)
Uppsala, Sweden
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Almtuna IS
Frölunda HC
Nashville Predators
NHL Draft 38th overall, 2011
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2009–present

Magnus Hellberg (born on April 4, 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Magnus was selected 38th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and was the first goaltender selected in the draft.

He almost didn't make the trip from Sweden to St. Paul, Minnesota for the draft, citing it was "50-50" that he'd even be drafted. Because of the last minute decision to come, the only person with him was his agent.

Technically, Magnus was the first player to wear the new, redesigned Nashville jersey. The home gold version had still not been unveiled by the team and the road white debuted at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Additionally, the Predators did not have a first round pick, giving him the honor of becoming the first player to wear it.

During the 2012–13 season, Magnus appeared in 39 regular season games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and two games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. He added four more games with Milwaukee during AHL post-season.

On October 26, 2013, he made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators, playing 12 minutes after replacing starter Carter Hutton in a game against the St. Louis Blues.

With the Predators system crowded at both NHL and AHL levels, he was assigned to ECHL affiliate, the Cyclones, to finish the 2013–14 season.

On July 1, 2015, Magnus was traded to the New York Rangers for a 6th round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Magnus was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack upon his arrival in New York, but was called up on December 18th to serve as a backup to Henrik Lundqvist while Antti Raanta was recovering from a head injury.

He took the ice on December 21st after Lundqvist allowed 6 goals in 2 periods against the Washington Capitals. Magnus allowed one goal as the Rangers lost the game 7-3.

Even though Raanta was available for the Rangers' December 28 game against the Nashville Predators, Magnus stayed in the Rangers' lineup for the game and took the ice a second time after Lundqvist allowed 5 goals. The game ended in a 5-3 loss.

On December 30, 2015, Magnus was sent back down to the Wolf Pack.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010–11 Almtuna IS Swe.1 31 1790 61 5 2.04 .935
2011–12 Frölunda HC SHL 17 1016 42 2 2.48 .908
2011–12 Örebro HK Swe.1 1 1 0 0 61 2 0 1.98 .923 2 4.04 .884
2012–13 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 39 22 13 0 2107 75 6 2.14 .924 4 1 3 248 7 1 1.69 .944
2012–13 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 2 1 1 0 119 5 0 2.52 .923
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 21 5 13 1 1168 55 1 2.82 .911
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 12 1 0 5.00 .750
2013–14 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 7 5 1 1 394 19 0 2.89 .901
2014–15 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 38 15 10 6 2007 78 3 2.33 .913
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 12 1 0 5.00 .750

AccoladesEdit

  • 2009–10: J20 Elit (East) Best GAA (1.97)
  • 2009–10: J20 Elit (East) Best SVS% (.929)
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