Linus Ullmark
Linus Ullmark
27-Year-Old GoalieG
Buffalo Sabres
Out
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 9/15/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A one-year, $2.6 million contract is far from a ringing endorsement that Ullmark will be the netminder of the future for the Sabres, though he's shown the organization enough to at least compete for the starting job with Carter Hutton in 2020-21. The 26-year-old Swede went 17-14-3 with a 2.69 GAA, .915 save percentage and one shutout last year. Prior to suffering a leg injury in late-January, the rangy backstop had played in 20 of the club's previous 23 contests and was clearly the preferred choice between the pipes for then first-year coach Ralph Krueger. With the potential of a condensed schedule featuring plenty of back-to-backs, Ullmark could trend toward a 60/40 split with Hutton even if he is named the Opening Night starter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Sabres in October of 2020.
Likely done for year
GBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
May 6, 2021
Coach Don Granato told reporters Thursday it's "not probable" Ullmark (lower body) will be able to start Saturday versus the Penguins, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
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This news all but confirms Ullmark is done for the season. The 27-year-old backstop was plagued by various injuries throughout the campaign, but he played pretty well when healthy, going 9-6-3 while posting a 2.63 GAA and a .917 save percentage through 20 appearances. Ullmark is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he'll likely have plenty of suitors on the open market.
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Ullmark is expected to be brought back in via restricted free agency after recording 15 wins, a 3.11 GAA and .905 save percentage in 37 appearances (34 starts) for Buffalo last season. Those numbers are right in line with the 3.00 GAA and .908 save percentage posted by starter Carter Hutton, so Ullmark will be looking to push for at least an even timeshare in net, though he's likely to start the season in a backup role. The 26-year-old Swede probably has higher upside than Hutton should he take over the starting job and run with it, but Ullmark also has a lower floor.
Ullmark enters the season as a full-time NHL player after the Sabres elected to part ways with both of their incumbent goalies over the summer. The former SHL Goaltender of the Year is one of the finest young goaltenders to come out of Sweden in recent years, and he graduates to the show after a 44-game campaign with AHL Rochester, where he went 21-12-4 with a .922 save percentage. The Sabres see him as their franchise goalie but won't throw him into the fire just yet, instead tasking him to back up Carter Hutton. If Ullmark plays well there's no doubt the Sabres will give him more starts, but young goalies can be mercurial. Ullmark's fantasy value is as limited as his role this season, but he's a name to remember for the future.
Ullmark will serve as AHL Rochester's starter for the 2017-18 season as he continues to acclimate himself in North America. The former Swedish League Goalie of the Year went 27-26-2 in 55 games for Rochester last year, and allowed three goals on 36 shots in his only start for the Sabres. Ullmark is unlikely to suit up for the Sabres unless Robin Lehner or Chad Johnson get injured.
Ullmark, the 2014 Swedish Hockey League Goalie of the Year, had a tough campaign last year, suffering an injury that resulted in his GAA ballooning to 3.12 and his save percentage dropping to .904. MODO wasn't a strong team and Ullmark's poor play didn't help matters, but he's still regarded as one of the world's best young goaltenders and will make his North American debut this season. He will begin his career with AHL Rochester, where he will attempt to win the starting job over Andrey Makarov to kick off his career.
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Progressing in recovery
GBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
May 4, 2021
Ullmark (lower body) is making progress in his recovery, but he won't be available for Tuesday's matchup with the Islanders, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Remains out
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May 3, 2021
Ullmark (lower body) will not be available for Monday's tilt with the Islanders, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Facing extended absence
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April 16, 2021
Ullmark (lower body) is considered week-to-week, according to coach Don Granato.
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No update available
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Lower Body
April 15, 2021
Coach Don Granato didn't have an update on Ullmark's (lower body) status ahead of Thursday night's game versus the Capitals, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
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Dealing with lower-body injury
GBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
April 13, 2021
Ullmark suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday's game versus the Bruins, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
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