Ville Husso – The Next Ones – 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

 

Ville Husso THW Close Up:

Date of birth: 02/06/1995

Place of birth: Helsinki, Finland

Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 185 lbs

Catches: Left

Position: Goaltender

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013

THW Rankings: not ranked (April Edition)

Other Rankings:

CSS Aggregate(THW): 178

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Kari Lehtonen continues to prove himself in Dallas.

Kari Lehtonen is the type of goaltender that Ville Husso will hope to emulate (Icon SMI)

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Ville Husso is an interesting goaltending prospect from Finland. Young goaltenders are notoriously hard to judge in terms of their development and it’s potentially even more difficult to judge netminders playing in European junior teams.

Husso has pretty decent size and fills the net well. He has nice athleticism and likes to use his glove hand, which has been pretty reliable so far. He has a pretty sound and polished butterfly technique with pretty good rebound control. His positioning and overall patience need some work, but all in all he doesn’t have any glaring holes in his technique.

In international play Husso has shown plenty of calmness and pretty good temperament as a goaltender. The mental side of ice hockey is perhaps toughest on the goaltender. Husso’s general demeanor bodes well for his ability to handle that side of the game.

Playing for HIFK’s U-20 team, Husso has put together two pretty steady seasons and has impressed in the postseason in each of the past two years. He has been somewhat overshadowed internationally by his countrymen Juuse Saros, who is expected to be picked as one of the top goaltenders in this draft.

NHL teams looking to bolster their goaltending depth will have to consider Husso as a later round draft pick. He has the foundation of a solid technique and decent mental attributes. Goaltending is always a little bit hit and miss when it comes to the NHL draft. Fellow Finn Kari Lehtonen is a more athletic and more skilled version of what Husso could be. Lehtonen is always notable for having been drafted unusually high. There are a lot of good NHL goaltenders who were picked up in the later rounds.

Scout’s Honor:

‘Top European goaltender who displays good technique, athleticism, glove and movement.’

Bill Placzek

Statistics:

Bio/Interview:

Finnish Interview

ETA = 5-6 years

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

NHL Potential: Solid starting goaltender

Strengths:

Glove hand

Net presence

Sound butterfly technique

Flaws/Aspects he needs to work on:

Patience

Positioning

Fantasy Hockey Potential: 6/10

NHL player comparison:

Kari Lehtonen

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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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