Juuse Saros

Nashville Predators
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Fantasy Summary

A future NHL starting goalie in an excellent position to transition to full time work-horse.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.9
Country FIN
Position G
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 19, 1995
Height 5‘10”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 4; Overall: 99

Observations

November 2018 – Saros has appeared in nine games for the Predators to start the 2018-2019 season. Saros is being given more and more starts now and it looks as if the Predators are wanting him to take on the role of a starting goalie in the near future. Matt Somma

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2009-2010 HPK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 2 2.50 .929 |        
  HPK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 12 4.10 .907 |        
 2010-2011 HPK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 7 1.86 .954 |        
  HPK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 24 3.11 .933 | Playoffs 3 4.67 .919
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 2 4.30 .808 |        
 2011-2012 HPK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 8 1.25 .957 |        
  HPK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 6 1.48 .957 |        
  HPK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 31 2.53 .910 | Playoffs 10 2.10 .936
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 3 4.33 .867 |        
  Finland U18 WJC-18 0 - - |        
 2012-2013 HPK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 37 1.86 .933 | Playoffs 11 2.09 .923
  HPK Liiga 0 - - |        
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1.86 .946 |        
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 2 3.50 .854 |        
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 9 2.45 .921 |        
 2013-2014 HPK Liiga 44 1.76 .923 | Playoffs 6 2.29 .903
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 1.57 .943 |        
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 3 3.33 .866 |        
  Finland EHT 0 - - |        
  Finland WC 0 - - |        
  Finland (all) International 3 0.33 .984 |        
 2014-2015 HPK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga - - - | Playoffs 1 0.00 1.000
  HPK Liiga 47 2.14 .929 |        
  Finland U20 WJC-20 2 3.03 .875 |        
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 2.54 .906 |        
  Finland EHT 2 1.92 .935 |        
  Finland WC 1 0.00 1.000 |        
  Finland (all) International 5 0.96 .948 |        
 2015-2016 Nashville Predators NHL 1 3.10 .870 |        
  Milwaukee Admirals AHL 38 2.24 .920 | Playoffs 2 2.57 .891
  Finland WC 2 0.00 1.000 |        
  Finland (all) International 2 0.00 1.000 |        
 2016-2017 Nashville Predators NHL 21 2.35 .923 | Playoffs 2 3.18 .824
  Milwaukee Admirals AHL 15 1.86 .934 |        
 2017-2018 Nashville Predators NHL 26 2.45 .925 | Playoffs 4 1.06 .952
  Milwaukee Admirals AHL 9 2.88 .906 |        
 2018-2019 Nashville Predators NHL 24 2.59 .913 |        

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