Ullmark set aside 27 of 31 shots in Friday's 5-3 preseason road loss to the Maple Leafs. The Sabres jumped out to an early lead thanks to a goal from Notre Dame product Andrew Oglevie, but the Buds would respond with three unanswered goals in the first period, including John Tavares' third goal of the preseason. Listed at 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, Ullmark naturally leaves little space for opponents to work, but the Swede will need to work on his rebound control in order to keep his ratios at a respectable level this season. Ullmark owns a career 2.52 GAA and .917 save percentage, which is about what you can expect from a backup tender.
Ullmark is listed atop the projected goalie order for Friday's preseason road clash with the Maple Leafs. As a result, he's expected to get the starting nod. Ullmark was deployed for two frames in Monday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets, saving 20 of 21 shots in the process. The Swords are confident in summer free-agent acquisition Carter Hutton -- he signed a three-year contract at $2.75 million AAV -- but the Swede has patiently bided his time in Buffalo's system and this could be the year that he consistently holds down the No. 2 spot at the top level.
Ullmark saved 20 of 21 shots in two periods of action during Monday's 4-1 win over Columbus. Ullmark drew the start and already looked to be in midseason form, with the lone blemish coming on a goal from David Savard. After spending most of the last three years with AHL Rochester, the 25-year-old Swede should see a good amount playing time with Buffalo behind Carter Hutton.
Ullmark has a new goaltending teammate after the Sabres signed Carter Hutton on the first day of free agency. Ullmark was No. 1 in name after the Sabres bounced fellow Swede Robin Lehner last week, but the team was never going to fully hand over the reigns to the unproven Ullmark at this stage of his career. The Hutton signing was a good move for the organization, as it now has a veteran who the team thinks has the statistical makeup to thrive in a bigger role now that he'll finally have a chance to carry a team, while he's also said to have a good veteran locker room presence, one that should allow him to be a good mentor for the 24-year-old Ullmark.
Ullmark (concussion) was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Sunday. The timeline for Ullmark's return from his concussion is unclear, but if he's healthy in time, he'll be able to pursue a Calder Cup with AHL Rochester. In a five-game sample size, Ullmark had a remarkable .935 save percentage with Buffalo, and he should compete for the starting job next season.
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