2016 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Filip Gustavsson
The Swedish netminder is one of the top goaltending prospects in the upcoming draft
Current team: Luleå HF
Date of birth: June 7, 1998
Place of birth: Skellefteå, SWE
Weight: 185 lbs
Filip Gustavsson is considered by some to be one of the finest goaltending prospects in the upcoming draft. He is noted for being positionally strong, letting the play come to him, and for having smooth movement from side to side across the face of the goal. He has issues overcommitting to a play sometimes, though, and would likely need several years of seasoning before he could play in the NHL. Being one of the top goalie prospects though, expect to see numerous teams with interest in Gustavsson.
HOW WOULD HE FIT IN COLUMBUS?
A team can never have too many goaltending prospects. However, with Joonas Korpisalo, Elvis Merzlikins, Anton Forsberg, and Oscar Dansk, the Blue Jackets have a deep pipeline of goalies who could potentially make the leap to the NHL one day. As a result, I would be surprised if the Blue Jackets took Gustavsson with one of their first two picks. There are too many holes in the Blue Jackets roster to justify taking a goaltender early in the draft.
GUSTAVSSON IN ACTION