Linus Ullmark
Linus Ullmark
26-Year-Old GoalieG
Buffalo Sabres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.325 million contract with the Sabres in August of 2019.
Comes up short in homecoming
GBuffalo Sabres
November 8, 2019
Ullmark made 31 saves in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.
Getting the start in the first game of a two-night set in Stockholm to wrap up this year's NHL Global Series, the 26-year-old Swede was by far the busier of the two netminders in this one -- Tampa outshot Buffalo 34-22 -- and while Ullmark made some nice stops, he couldn't make enough of them to get Buffalo the win. Playing behind a young blue line is taking its toll on Ullmark's numbers, and he's 3-3-1 through seven games with a 3.12 GAA despite a solid .915 save percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Gets starting nod Friday
GBuffalo Sabres
November 8, 2019
Ullmark will be between the pipes for the opening game of the Global Series versus the LIghtning on Friday.
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Lit up for six goals
GBuffalo Sabres
November 1, 2019
Ullmark gave up six goals on 34 shots in Friday's 6-1 loss to Washington.
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Starting in Washington
GBuffalo Sabres
November 1, 2019
Ullmark will patrol the crease during Friday's road game against the Capitals, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Slams door on Red Wings
GBuffalo Sabres
October 25, 2019
Ullmark posted a 41-save shutout in Friday's 2-0 win over the Red Wings.
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Defending crease Friday
GBuffalo Sabres
October 25, 2019
Ullmark will tend the twine on the road against Detroit on Friday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
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