At 99 Iike it 2nd best goalie prospect of the draft IMO and to me the league is seemingly trying to take away the advantages of tall goalies a little bit and saros has shown that when he is on he can steal games. Good pick to help restock a spot that we now have very little talent coming up through with.
“Getting back to this year’s draft prospects, there were several standouts — aside from Desrosiers and Klimchuk — we’d like to mention. Chief among them is Finnish netminder Juuse Saros, whose inspired play led Finland to a bronze medal, despite a complete absence of star power up front. We’ve been beating the drum for Saros all season, but recognize that he’s not likely to be selected in the top three rounds solely because of his subpar 5-10 height. For shame!”
- Kyle Woodlief, via USA Today
“If you haven’t heard of Juuse Saros, its okay, because neither has the hockey world. At least, not just yet. But take note of that name, because he is slated to be the next Finnish super-goalie. He is currently dominating the Finnish junior league with a save % hovering around .950 and a GAA of 1.50. He has also represented Finland at the under 18 level nine times, fielding just as stellar numbers as with his club-team. He’s so good, he’s projected to be HPK’s senior team’s backup goaltender next season – as an 18 year old! The only drawback is his size, 5’10”, 181 pounds. All in all, he is the best draft eligible goalie in Europe.”
- Graham Neysmith, The Scouting Report (January 2013)
“With Juuse in net, HPK won its first Finnish junior title. He’s smallish but has very quick reflexes. He’s difficult to beat up close to the net and he’s excellent on rebounds.”
- Goran Stubb, via NHL.com
“Smaller, stocky goaltender playing in the U-20 of Finland with considerable success. Years away from consideration as a possible pro goaltender, but shows excellent skills and upside. He was selected to the roster for the World Junior Under-18 Tournament in April and showed off his lightning quick reflexes, but the fact that he is undersized may see teams passing on him altogether.”
With Pickard and Smith being released this summer, it wasn't surprising at all for the Preds to take a couple of goalies to fill back out the ranks. Very impressive to see that Saros is expected to play in the SM-liiga as an 18 year old next season.
Sorry for the late reaction, just reading about our late picks.
This seems great. We needed a goalie, and got the #2 one in the draft late. Yes, he's short, but playing in SM liiga that young is a good sign. Sounds like a steal, but who knows. In Mitch Korn we trust.
We needed to add a project goalie, and he seems like a great fit.