Marcus Hogberg – The Next Ones – 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Marcus Hogberg THW Close Up:

Date of birth: 11/25/1994

Place of birth: Orebro, Sweden

Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 196 lbs

Catches: Left

Position: Goaltender

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013

THW Ranking: 85 (April edition)

Other Rankings:

CSS (EUR Goalies): 3

NHL Aggregate: 96

Robin Lehner is the type of Swedish goaltending talent that Marcus Hogberg would love to emulate (inGoal Magazine)

Robin Lehner is the type of Swedish goaltending talent that Marcus Hogberg would love to emulate (inGoal Magazine)

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Marcus Hogberg is a large goaltender who plays a compact butterfly style. His 6’3″ stature and broad frame means that he takes up a huge amount of the net and he is able to use that to his advantage.

In a draft class that many scouts consider to be a little lean in terms of goaltending talent depth, Hogberg could well be selected a little higher by teams looking to bolster their goaltending prospect depth. His stock has risen significantly during the course of the 2012-13 season with some now considering him to be the top European goaltending prospect.

Hogberg has shown plenty of poise and maturity during the course of this season. He has appeared in three SEL games for Linkoping not looking rattled or out of place in those contests. He is patient in his butterfly covering the top half of the net well while flashing extremely quick pads.

Rebound control remains an area that needs development, while he doesn’t necessarily have the fastest reflexes in terms of hand and arm speed.

Hogberg appeared in 23 games for Linkoping J20 this season posting a 2.41 GAA and .917 save percentage. He developed a reputation last year for stepping it up in the playoffs as well.

Where he will end up in June: Goaltending is an interesting position in this draft. If a team decides that Hogberg is their man then he could be taken in the early third round. He shouldn’t drop any lower than the late fourth round.

Scout’s Honor:

‘When the stakes increase, Hogberg seems to pick his game up. It happened last year in the playoffs and now the big-bodied goaltender is at it again, usurping older starter Jacob Johansson while Linkoping plays in a top-10 circuit of junior teams in Sweden. Hogberg has a .925 save percentage and one shutout in eight games for a squad that hasn’t been providing a ton of offense the other way.’

Ryan Kennedy – The Hockey News

‘Plays big and does take up lots of space. Strong mechanics and calm under fire, he moves well in the butterfly and has a very good low game with quick pads, while still using his shoulders to close the top of the net.’

Bill Placzek

Statistics:

International Tournaments:

-He competed in the 2012 U-18 World championships appearing in two games posting a 3.44 GAA and .889 save percentage.

ETA = 4-5 years

Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 3/5 Reward = 4/5

NHL Potential: Starting goaltender

Strengths:

Size

Quick pads

Sound technique

Poise/calmness

Patience

Flaws/aspects he needs to work on:

Rebound control

Glove hand

Fantasy Hockey Potential: 7/10

NHL Player Comparison:

Robin Lehner

Henrik Karlsson

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Sebastian Egerton-Read
Seb has been writing about the NHL and ice hockey for nearly five years. He has written for a number of different sites and is currently lead writer of The5Hole.com and Hockeyschedule.me. He covers the Minnesota Wild for The Hockey Writers. Follow him on twitter @seberead

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