Ville Husso Signs With Detroit Red Wings

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The Detroit Red Wings have signed goaltender Ville Husso to a 3-year contract worth $14.250 million, an average of $4.75 million per season. This contract carries Husso through the 2024-25 season.

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Ville Husso Signs With Red Wings

 

Husso was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round (94th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Over his two-year NHL career with the Blues, he has a 34-13-7 record with a .912 save percentage, a 2.74 goals-against average and three shutouts in 57 games played. He started 53 of those games.

This season, he had a 25-7-6 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average with two shutouts in 40 games played. He started 38 of those games. He played more than double the number of games he did in his first season and dramatically improved his stats.

In the playoffs this season, he had a 2-5 record with a .890 save percentage, a 3.67 goals-against average and one shutout in seven games played. He started six of those games.

The Blues traded Husso to Detroit for a 2022 third-round pick during day two of the 2022 Entry Draft. Husso apparently was no longer part of the Blues’ goaltending plans and they sought to recover an asset for him.

What This Means for the Future

Husso has continued to improve since he came into the league. He will likely continue to improve from here on out. Last season, he ranked seventh in the NHL with his .919 save percentage. Husso also ranked ninth in the NHL with 15 goals saved above average. He also ranked sixth in the NHL with 87 goals allowed adjusted. He was named the second star of the week for Jan. 23.

Husso has stood in for starting goaltender Jordan Binnington on multiple occasions, most recently when Binnington got injured in the second round against the Colorado Avalanche. He couldn’t get the job done but did hold the Blues in the series for longer than most people expected. He has experience stepping in without much warning in high-intensity moments and had strong stats last season. That made him intriguing to a lot of teams looking to upgrade in the goalie department.