The Detroit Red Wings never fail to make surprising moves. It has just been announced that the Red Wings have signed top KHL goaltender Magnus Hellberg to a one-year contract.
The Detroit Red Wings just announced via. twitter that they are signing the KHL goaltender, Magnus Hellberg on a one-year contract.
Hellberg, 31, spent last season in the KHL playing for Sochi HC. In his time with Sochi HC this season, he was able to put up some pretty impressive numbers. Playing a total of 37 games this season, he was able to post a 2.42 goals-against average, .917 save percentage while recording five shutouts.
Looking at those stats, it’s clear a team like the Red Wings wanted to give him a chance. I mean, those are pretty good numbers and frankly, what have we got to lose, right? He’s worried we’ll get a better draft pick; If he does well, we get a few more points and gain confidence for next season.
Now, knowing that we signed a 31-year-old goaltender from the KHL, I guess you’re curious about his background and if he even played at such a competitive level as the NHL. Well, he did.
Hellberg was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He spent five seasons with an NHL organization and appeared in four NHL games.
He made an appearance with the Nashville Predators in the 2013-14 season. In that game, he came away with a 4.92 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage. Not great for your first NHL game. However, he would later get another chance with the New York Rangers.
Hellberg made three appearances with the New York Rangers. One in the 2015-16 season, two in the 2016-17 season.
In his first appearance with the New York Rangers, he came away with a 6.00 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage. However, he seemed to do much better in those two games of the 2016-17 season.
Hellberg in those two games with the New York Rangers was able to post a 1.53 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. Pretty good stats if you ask me. But, there wasn’t enough there for any team to continue to keep him off their roster.
The following season he decided he wanted to go play in the KHL with Kunlun Red Star and has since represented Sweden at the Winter Olympics and tackled for Team Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. .
It’s no secret that it was nothing more than a deep signing, but who knows. We’ve seen crazier things happen than a guy realizing it later in his career. This could become the next star goaltender for the Red Wings as far as we know. But for now, it’s nothing more than a deep signing.