Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penguins Add to Cast of Goalies Select Gustavsson as 55th Pick Overall

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penguins Add to Cast of Goalies Select Gustavsson as 55th Pick Overall

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BUFFALO - There's little doubt, at least for now, that Matt Murray is the Penguins' goalie of the future.

He staked a convincing claim to that job by helping them win a Stanley Cup earlier this month.

Murray's playoff performance is the reason that the Penguins are expected to eventually trade Marc-Andre Fleury, their franchise goalie for the past decade.

All of that would not seem to bode well for Swedish goalie Filip Gustavsson, claimed by the Penguins in the second round of the NHL draft at the First Niagara Center Saturday.

After all, at 18, he's just four years younger than Murray, so it's possible the bulk of their careers will overlap.

Gustavsson, though, sees what Murray accomplished this spring not as an impediment to securing steady work in the NHL, but as evidence that Gustavsson might not have to serve a lengthy apprenticeship before he can be a major contributor there.

"Every goalie, they say they need to be 30 or older," Gustavsson said. "Then Murray stepped up and showed it's not impossible. That's good."

So, apparently, is Gustavsson, who was NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked European goalie and who, general manager Jim Rutherford said, was atop the Penguins' list of goalies available in this draft.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Gustavsson fell to us," said Randy Sexton, the team's director of amateur scouting. "We were talking to [Rutherford] about trading up [to get him].

"We didn't have a full complement of picks, so we were a little concerned about that. We decided to be patient and see how it unfolded."

Gustavsson made enough of an impression that Rutherford was convinced to stray from his publicly stated plan to draft at least one defenseman during Round 2.

"We really, really like him a lot," Rutherford said. "We were surprised he was still there. We really couldn't pass on him."

Gustavsson is 6 feet 2, 184 pounds and appeared in six games with Lulea in Sweden's top league, winning four of them. He had a 2.17 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in those games.

"He's a technically very strong goalie," Sexton said. "He has tremendous rebound control and tremendous poise and mental toughness. …

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