Preds trade goalie Hellberg to Rangers


The New York Rangers added some goalie depth on Wednesday, acquiring Nashville’s Magnus Hellberg in exchange for a sixth-round pick at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Hellberg, 24, was the first goalie taken at the 2011 draft, one spot ahead of Anaheim’s John Gibson. He’s only played in one NHL game — a 12-minute appearance in which he allowed one goal — and has spent most of his time in North American shuttling between the ECHL and AHL.

Last year, Hellberg went 15-10-6 with AHL Milwaukee, posting a 2.33 GAA and .913 save percentage. He did appear to be passed on the Preds’ organizational depth chart, though, by the likes of Marek Mazanec and Finnish national team member Juuse Saros.

With the Rangers, Hellberg’s AHL-bound and likely competing with fellow prospect Mackenzie Skapski.