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Road to the NHL Draft: Ville Husso

By John Vogl

Ville Husso

Position: Goaltender

European team: HIFK (Finland)

Born: Helsinki

Measurables: 6-foot, 180 pounds

2013-14 stats: 41 games, 1.99 GAA, .923 save pct.

Central Scouting rank: No. 1 (Europe)

Lowdown: Teams weren’t ready to draft Husso last year, but someone will likely call his name this June after he spent another year putting up solid numbers. There are only a handful of high-end prospects in the goaltending ranks.

Despite a good showing in Finland’s pro league, Husso takes a back seat to countryman Juuse Saros. The presence of Nashville’s fourth-round pick in 2013 deprives Husso of quality playing time on the international stage. Husso skated to the net twice at the world juniors but went 0-1 with an .854 save percentage and 4.68 goals-against average.

Husso displays a good glove. His butterfly technique is solid. Like most young goalies, he could still use help with the mental side of playing in net.

They said it: “He's already had success playing against older players in Europe, so I don't think it will be very long until he's ready to make the jump to the North American pro ranks.” – Brad MacCharles, goalie scout for International Scouting Services, to Yahoo.com.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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