The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed prospect goaltender Filip Gustavsson to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal will kick into effect when Gustavsson begins playing in North America. He will spend the 2017-18 season playing in his native Sweden.
Gustavsson, 19, was Pittsburgh's top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, drafted with the 55th overall selection in the second round. He was the third goaltender chosen.
This past season, the 6-foot-2, 184-pound goaltender spent a majority of the campaign with Lulea in Sweden's top league. He played in 15 games, going 4-8-2 with a .912 save percentage. Gustavsson also appeared in six regular-season games (2.09 goals-against average; .928 save percentage) and three postseason contests (0.95 goals-against average; .967 save percentage) with Lulea's junior team.
A native of Skelleftea, Sweden, Gustavsson was Sweden's backup netminder at the 2017 World Junior Championship, where he stopped 36 of 38 shots in his only appearance.
Back in the 2015-16 season, Gustavsson backstopped the Swedes to a silver medal at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship, taking home the tournament's 'Best Goaltender' honors.