He is not exactly what you would call young. He's 31
He's older because he played all 4 years of college but he's not that old Dekanich is a very good prospect, but he's just that, a prospect. I know that several teams were interested in him because of his potential even though he's unproven. He's been solid wherever he's played. He just hasn't had a chance to make the NHL yet.
And Hugg is right. Dekanich can't go to Springfield without clearing waivers and he probably wouldn't. This is a one-way deal. He's the backup unless something else happens.
My sole reservation is his lack of NHL experience - the one time he played last year it was in the middle of one of the lower points of the Preds' season - Lindback had given up 3 on 9 shots, and Rinne was injured, so he went in and the Preds still lost 6-1.
Still, the guy's been absolutely amazing in the AHL. .931 SV%. I'm pretty sure he's ready.
I would've preferred Theodore or Hedberg, but I will gleefully take Dex.
Remember - when you're a hockey fan, it's not "reckless driving", it's "good forechecking".
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Thanks, Howson, for cleaning up MacLean's toxic waste. Welcome, Kekalainen; let's get good things built!
Listening to the Scott Howson press conference, and he said one of the reasons the CBJ let go Garon and signed Dekanich was because Garon caught left handed (same as Mason), and Dekanich catches right handed.