It only took three games in North America, but Linus Ullmark is going to the NHL. The Sabres 6th round pick in 2012 has been stirring excitement in Sweden since he was drafted. Ullmark has made it to the Sabres sooner than most would have thought, and he's ready to make the most of it.
Ullmark won goaltender of the year in the Swedish Hockey League for the 2013-14 season, as a 20 year old. He posted a 2.08 GAA and a .931 save percentage with MODO that season in 35 games. He quickly caught the eye of Sabres fans as a potential future starting goalie.
This year, Ullmark was forced to miss all of development camp and training camp due to injuries to his hips. He was able to get back in time for the start of the Amerks season and has played in three games. In those games Ullmark is 1-2 with a .932 save percentage. He has been peppered with shots, and turned away almost all of them. Ullmark has played so well that Tim Murray already wants to get a look at him.
Hockey's Future describes Ullmark as "one of Sweden’s top young goaltenders, and is known for his tremendous poise. He is an athletic goalie with a big frame, but also uses his quickness and agility to his advantage. His rebound control is very good, in part due to his strong butterfly."
The Sabres have two sets of back to back games coming up. Chad Johnson will start against the against Montreal, but Ullmark may get the nod against New Jersey. Next week the Sabres go to Pittsburgh, and than travel back to Buffalo to play Philadelphia the next day. Expect Ullmark to play at least one or two of these games.