With the injury to long time Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, Hogberg got his chance and is making the most of it.
Goaltending has been an issue that has plagued the Senators for a few years now. They’ve had a healthy goalie prospect pool for a few years, but now it is one of the best in the league.
They have in the system goalies like Filip Gustavsson, who they acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh. Joey Daccord selected 199th overall in 2015.
Marcus Hogberg was drafted by the sens with their third pick in 2013, and finally maybe the best in the current crop, Mads Sogaard a second round pick from 2019.
Ottawa went with Anders Nilsson and Craig Anderson to start the season, with the intent of having Gustavsson hopefully impress enough for a call up. He hasn’t done that yet, instead Marcus Hogberg has taken over the reigns in Belleville.
He’s 7-6-0 this year with a 3.05 and 0.897, which isn’t sparkling stats but his start to the season was horrible and he’s been playing very well since then.
After the injury to Craig Anderson he got called up and has been good since then, with 0-1-1 but he’s 2.57 and 0.913.
He succeeded in giving the Senators a fighting chance against the Lightning on Tuesday and played very well in relief a few games before.
The Senators might have a goalie logjam since they only have 4 spots in the NHL/AHL, and there are 5 goalies who deserve a spot.
Joey Daccord started the season in the ECHL for the Brampton Beast, then got called up to the B-Sens and went 2-0 with a 1.00 and 0.968. He’s making a solid case for a steady job in the AHL.
Maybe the Senators can trade Anderson at the deadline?
This is a possibility but it’s unlikely anyone will give anything for him, let alone take on his big contract.