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08-26-2012, 07:23 AM
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Anyone hear anything about whats up with Samu Perhonen? Tough to keep tabs on him given that he spends time in JR A SM-LIIGA which has pretty limited information.
Not sure if you saw this - was from our Top 10 Finnish goalies story back in April.
7. Samu Perhonen, 18, JyP Akatemia (Mestis)/JyP A Juniors
NHL Rights: Edmonton Oilers
Drafted 3rd round, 62nd overall, 2011
Perhonen led JyP’s U20 team to a playoff championship in 2010-11 and was one of two goalies from Finland selected by the Oilers in the 2011 NHL Draft. He attended the Oilers’ prospect camp in June but was sick for much of the week and unable to participate on the ice.
His experience in Edmonton was a precursor of the current season – as it has been one of fits and starts for the young goalie, who turns 19 in March.
With Helenius and veteran Joni Myllykoski in net for JyP’s SM-Liiga squad this season, he has split time between Mestis and JyP’s U-20 squad.
He suffered an injury in a pre-season game and missed time at the beginning of the season. Upon his return, he has split time with two other promising 19-year-old goalies – Sami Rajaniemi for JyP-Akatemia in Mestis and Eetu Laurikainen with the junior team.
In eleven Mestis games Perhonen was 3-8 with a 3.81 goals against average and .887 save percentage. His numbers were slightly better with the A junior squad; Perhonen posted a 3.14 goals against average and .923 save percentage in five junior games. He joined the SM-Liiga club at the league’s trade deadline as a third goalie but was not expected to see much time.
Despite his ideal frame (6’5, 185), Perhonen is still maturing physically and has some technical issues he must work out before he reaches his potential.
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