Islanders Sign Goaltender After 3-Year Hiatus From NHL

After spending parts of three seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2018 through 2021, former third-round draft pick Marcus Hogberg made his way back to his homeland of Sweden for the past three seasons, where he posted some solid numbers for Linkipings HC. 

Now, the New York Islanders are bringing Hogberg back to North America, with  a two-year, $775K AAV contract.

The deal is two-way in the first season and will pay him $425,000 if in the AHL. The second season is one-way, $775,000.

The 6'5" netminder posted a .909 save percentage over the past three seasons in Sweden, with a 2.61 goals against average. 

With the Senators, across 42 career games, he had an .894 save percentage and a 3.39 GAA. He was was drafted in the third round (78th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Sens.

Hogberg, 29, is thrilled to get another crack on this side of the pond. 

"It obviously feels good to get this chance again," he said on the Linkopings team site. "I wasn't really prepared for something like this to appear, but I'm very happy and excited to test my wings on the extreme world elite again."

It's an interesting development, as the Islanders appear set between the pipes with Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov both signed to long-term deals.

It's likely that Hogberg is set to sped most of his time at the AHL level in 2024-25, but between the possibility of injuries and/or a trade, he could be one step away from a trial with the Isles.

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