Juuse Saros

by Donesh Mazloum on November 25, 2016

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

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

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+

Is closing in on NHL-readiness and once there, may prove rather quickly that he's a threat to steal the top job

 

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