Juuse Saros

by niko on June 8, 2017

Juuse Saros - Courtesy of yle.fi

Juuse Saros. G

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 181

Born: 1995-04-19

Hometown: Hameenlinna, Finland

Drafted: 2013 by the Nashville Predators, 99th overall







June 2017 — The Predators are battling against the Penguins in one of the best Playoff Final series that I have seen. In game two of the series, the Penguins chased Nashville’s starting goalie Pekka Rinne to the bench. The rookie goalie Saros got his first NHL Playoff game experience. He didn’t get the win but he didn’t surrender any additional goals, although Saros faced only two shots, but looked calm and poised for the 16:02 that he was out there, between the pipes.

The 22-year-old Finn isn’t the tallest of goalies, but still he managed to post some impressive numbers for a rookie, during the regular season. He had .923 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average, in 21 games played. Out of those 21 starts, 10 were wins, with one shutout. His quality starts percentage was .650 (> 60% good, < 50% bad, 53% league avg.). There was only one really bad start, where he posted a save percentage below .850.

After a long Playoff run, and maybe even a summer filled with championship celebrating, Saros will keep Rinne fresh during next regular season. They rotated mostly on back-to-backs this season, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Saros starting more games next season.

There is still one year left on Saros ELC-contract, at $692,500 cap hit. Rinne has two more years at $7,000,000 before becoming an UFA. He will be 36 years old when that happens. I would assume that the torch is going to get passed from Rinne to Saros, during the next couple of seasons. I would love to see Rinne and Saros switching roles, but still staying together as the Predators goalie tandem.

Rinne and Saros are both from Finland and have an excellent mentor-protégé relationship. Saros stayed at Rinne’s house during training camp and Rinne let Saros drive the car to the rink. It’s good for Saros to have Rinne in his corner as the changing of the guard happens, slowly but surely. Niko Salminen

November 2016 - Saros proved very quickly that he can handle the North American game. Unlike other top European goalie prospects such as Jacob Markstrom who took five or six years to find a groove, Saros adapted quickly with the help of a strong coaching system in Milwaukee. In his AHL debut his SV% was 0.920 in 38 games. Already 10 games into 2016-17, he's been embarrassing the league with ridiculous 1.59 GAA and 0.945 SV% numbers. On October 22 he was recalled and rushed into his second career NHL game - he allowed just one goal on 35 shots against a potent Pittsburgh offense and came away with the win. Given Pekka Rinne's recent decline, Saros could get the top job sooner rather than later. In fact, if Rinne were to get hurt for any length of time, it's doubtful the Predaters will ride Marek Mazanec for long - they'll turn to Saros pretty quickly. Dobber


November 2015 - Saros has excelled at every level he has played in and so far that looks like it won't change at the AHL level. In his rookie season for the Admirals he has already seized the starting job from Marek Mazanec and has put up a stellar 2.25GAA and .923SV%. Both marks are third in the league among rookie goalies. Saros has emerged as one of the top goalie prospects in the league and is likely the goalie of the future for the Predators. Donesh Mazloum


December, 2013 – Saros is an athletic and competitive goalie who is known for his willingness to battle on every play. He was central scoutings top ranked European goalie going into the draft and fell to the fourth round presumably largely because of his size. Despite his short stature however, Saros has had personal success at every level. He was named the top goaltender at the 2013 U18 World Championships and has continued his fine play with HPK in the SM-Liiga. He has the league’s third best save percentage (.929) and second best GAA (1.71) even though his team is below .500. Saros was also named to the roster for Finland at the upcoming World Junior Championships, where he should compete with Ville Husso for the starting job. Donesh Mazloum


Fantasy Outlook: B+

A future starter at the NHL. Currently one of the best back-up goalies and an excellent streaming option for back-to-backs



Saros at the combine:



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