Thread: Confirmed with Link: Blackhawks sign G Antti Raanta
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06-03-2013, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaymond Flurrie View Post
I have followed Raanta since he arrived to Ässät. The only relevant thing you need to know is that he has surpassed the expectations pretty much always. Your expectation is "maybe NHLer"? Don't be surprised if Raanta is a starter in NHL in 2013.
Well, I agree he was dominating in Finland this spring. However, Antti himself admitted that the quality of the shots slightly surprised him in the World Championships. So I wouldn't expect him to clinch the starter post next season. Being a solid back-up would be a very good achievement.

Having said all that, I agree he was one of the best goalies if not best last season in Finland, and proved to be mentally very solid.

I hope he will become a starter in the NHL - and he has the tools. But I don't automatically expect that will happen next season.

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